Dreamy Headboards for Every Style Bedroom

Whether your style is coastal or contemporary, traditional or transitional, the right headboard can really pull the bedroom together. Here, get inspiration from some design pros in the know.

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October 03, 2017

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Colorful Contemporary

"Headboard design is important because it creates a focus in a room. It centers a space, and it gives the room its initial 'language,'" says Deborah Wecselman of Deborah Wecselman Design. In this contemporary space, "the headboard serves to pull the room together; it complements the wall and enhances the total look," she says.

"We decided to use a curvy shaped, upholstered headboard highlighted with nickel nailheads to complement the tile backdrop of the wall," Wecselman says. The deep sage hue of the headboard is pulled from the fun multicolored wall, and the nailhead trim echoes the colorful circle design with a bit of timeless sophistication.

Coastal Collaboration

"We like to mix styles when designing a space, and this room can be described as a mix of modern, coastal and cottage styles," says Regan Baker of Regan Baker Design. This bedroom is in a home in Carmel-by-the-Sea and Baker’s design was inspired by the popular coastal destination in California.

Here, the raffia headboards make a subtle statement, bringing depth and interest, all while maintaining the coastal feel. Says Baker, "We thought they would be perfect because they added some texture, warmth and beach vibes!"

So Shabby Chic

Refreshed with white linens and given a little glamour with a crystal chandelier, this beautiful bedroom was well on its way to a shabby-chic look. Vintage furniture adds another important element to this space.

But it’s the worn, textural richness provided by the old, chippy wooden doors used as a headboard that really completes this unique style.

Cool Rustic Industrial

A wood-paneled focal wall brings welcoming rustic warmth to this bedroom, while corrugated metal cut to mimic a shapely vintage design cleverly adds undeniable industrial vibes as a headboard.

Pops of yellow accessories add a bright and fun element to the otherwise hushed gray, blue and white color scheme.

Cozy Cottage

With its mix of subtle patterns and soft colors, along with the found feel of the collections of frames and books, this guest room is ultra inviting. A monogrammed, burlap-covered headboard adds to the down-home coziness, bringing understated natural texture and color to the scene.

True Traditional

With soothing hues and antique-inspired elements, this welcoming bedroom lets its exquisite headboard design be the focus. A subtle paisley design on a neutral ground works well for the valance, while the soft aqua curtain backdrop softens the look and complements the bedding. A duo of reading lamps and silvery end tables complete this dreamy space.

Rustic Retreat

Shapely slabs of reclaimed wood make for a stylish statement headboard and the focal point of this rustic room. Royal blue walls allow the natural elements and textures to really pop.

A Traditional Twist

In beautiful shades of blue, this elegant master bedroom shows off a contemporary twist on traditional style. It’s the unexpected elements, such as a play on patterns and layering of colors, that give this room an updated kick.

Medallion-printed curtains, chevron ginger jars and a gingham rug all work together in similar shades of navy and white. The oversized, upholstered headboard is a major focal point that adds intrigue while also pulling together all the aqua components to perfection.

Effortlessly Eclectic

When combining a variety of design styles, there are a few things to help keep everything in harmony. A consistent color palette and thoughtful layering are important, as is a statement piece that acts as a focal point for the space.

With a color scheme in berry, pumpkin and lilac, this room has an artsy, inviting feel. Printed pillows and a lilac throw tie together this pretty palette. The shapely, button-tufted velvet headboard with nailhead trim takes center stage and is complemented by floor-to-ceiling curtains and sparks of gold from the chandelier, side table and striated wallpaper.

Global Goodness

"This space is nestled in one of the most prestigious buildings on the Las Vegas Strip, The Mandarin Oriental. Our client wanted to complement the building's aesthetic, so we paid homage to the eastern Asian style by incorporating sleek and subtle touches throughout," says Lisa Escobar of Lisa Escobar Design.

With the headboard being one of the first things you see when you walk into a bedroom, it often dictates the vibe of the rest of the space. Escobar says, "A statement piece that employs both form and function, this headboard is featured as the main art installation with a beautiful, textural metallic grasscloth wall covering behind it."

A Little Bit Country

In this classic, country-style room, the details make the difference. "Bold color, used moderately, plays an important role in this bedroom," says Melanie Millner of The Design Atelier.

Even with the spare style of this space, primary color is featured prominently on the door, the quilt and throw pillows, and especially the bright-red iron headboard (the room’s statement piece).

Memorably Modern

"This bachelor pad had a California bungalow kind of vibe, so it plays a little modern and a little masculine, without being over-designed," says Kristen Forgione of The LifeStyled Company. "We wanted a [headboard] that would take up much of the wall, without making the room or ceilings feel smaller or lower."

When choosing a headboard, Forgione says, "Definitely consider the ceiling height. A high headboard can be really good for a shorter ceiling height, while a low-profile headboard can even work in a room with a vaulted ceiling! Also, be sure to think about the nightstand proportion in height, compared to the headboard."

Modern Femme Moment

For this lovely boudoir, Jessica McClendon of Glamour Nest says, "I wanted the headboard to pop from the busier, more intricate wallpaper, but I also wanted to pull a little color out onto the furniture so the wall wasn't the only element in the room with depth. The best way to do this was to find a fabric [for the headboard] that matched the deeper pink in the flowers on the wallpaper."

When selecting a headboard for a space, says McClendon, "Think about your style but also how you want your bedroom to feel. Cozy might mean velvet or tufting, glamorous might mean satin or pink, and calming might mean a soft blue. Also, don't be afraid to have a little fun with your headboard. You can do this with the shape, texture or the color."

Divine Art Deco

Luxury and modernity meet in this elegant bedroom. Luxe touches abound in a clean, neutral palette sparked with marvelous metallic accents. Texture also comes into play with the artsy, sculptural lamp and tactile headboard.

While the headboard’s hue blends into the creamy color scheme, the tucked and tufted style adds depth and dimension to the design. Mirrored end tables and a plush golden throw finish this deco design.

A Feminine Feel

From the color scheme to the pattern mix, this pretty boudoir is a decidedly ladylike haven. The slightly oversized, tufted velvet headboard makes a luxe statement in both fabrication and rich, jewel-toned hue.

The lovely layered effect starts with the floral wallpaper and continues with the headboard, eclectic bedding, birdcage lamp and accessories that soften and define the space.

Go For Glam

This all-out glamorous bedroom "is a play on textures with splashes of bold color," says Shea Pumarejo of Younique Designs. With the goal being an ultra-luxurious, regal space, no detail was forgotten. "The tufts in the headboard have Swarovski crystal buttons in them, which definitely add to the glam factor," Pumarejo says.

"The height of the headboard makes sure it commands attention and draws your eye up to the Swarovski crystal hardware on the window treatments. If you want the bed to be the focal point in the space, don’t skimp on the height of the headboard," Pumarejo says. "Go big or go home!"

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Bring on the Boho

When is a headboard not a headboard? When it’s a stunning wall hanging that takes its place. For this bohemian dream, Ginger Curtis of Urbanology Designs realized, "We needed something out of the box, creative and unique for a headboard. This fits perfectly with the boho feel in choosing something less traditional."

This exquisite fiber art hanging directly above the platform bed pulls the room together and stands out as a statement piece. To get the look, Curtis says, "Macramé, yarn and string art are all great ways to add interest and texture in a room. You can also create something whimsical and fun by using feathers hung from string attached to a branch or dowel rod for a more minimal look."

Terrific Transitional

With its sleek lines and natural palette in leather and wood, this headboard nicely merges contemporary style with traditional design. It’s a standout against a muted stripe wallpaper and holds its own next to the clean-lined nightstand, table lamp and accessories.

Even the layered bedding works to beautifully combine the two styles to achieve the effortless look of transitional design.

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Farmhouse Fabulous

With its found-item decor, the design of this farmhouse-style bedroom easily pulls off an authentic feel. A textured wooden door is turned on its side, then topped off with an old gate to create a one-of-a-kind headboard that’s as crafty as it is decorative.

Piles of pillows and an all-over neutral color palette keep the room feeling bright and cozy, not cluttered, while a vintage barn ladder complements the height and style of the headboard perfectly.

Prep It Up

The wingback styling and menswear fabric of this headboard perfectly complement the classic preppy design of this sophisticated bedroom. Matching curtains add tons of texturel, and the reversible plaid comforter and plaid-trimmed shams offer dimension and a hint of color.

The monogrammed, Greek-key throw pillow picks up the red detailing and is an eye-catching addition to this masculine-prep room.

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