Stylish and Unique Headboard Ideas

Time to put a little sizzle back into the bedroom! Take a look at 10 of our favorite headboard ideas, which are sure to inspire a chic retreat of your own.
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November 25, 2014

Streamlined Shelving

In this minimalist bedroom, the platform bed rests atop a beautiful dark-wood base, but it's the headboard that creates the wow factor. Designer Candice Olson uses three panels to make the wall pop: a top and bottom panel of tight-grain ash and a middle panel made of recycled pressed wood. Floating side tables with built-in sconces flank the bed.

Functional Backdrop

Make the bed a focal point by creating a wall-length headboard that features favorite decorative accessories. Punches of bold pinks and greens are toned down with black furnishings, creating a sophisticated, yet fun, bedroom retreat. Design by Constance Ramos.

Simple and Neutral

Create dramatic vertical impact by taking the headboard to the ceiling. Designer Ann Grasso uses the two-toned headboard to help distinguish the sleeping area from the sitting area in this large room.

Screen Masterpiece

Whether it's custom-made, found at an antique market or bought at a well-known home store, a unique screen is one of the easiest ways to transform the look of your bed. Designer Baylor Anne Bone uses an elegant wooden screen with a metallic sheen in her monochromatic master bedroom.

Refresh the Classics

Try a twist on the traditional upholstered headboard. Instead of the tufted approach, designer Ann Wisniewski creates a grid of squares covered in tan fabric for the head of this bed. Simple accessories and a calm blue surrounding make this bedroom a soothing spa retreat.

Storage Smart

Get organized with a grid-like headboard. This unique built-in headboard spans two walls, providing storage for books and collectibles, as well as a structured backdrop to the bright silk bedding. Design by Elizabeth Brownrigg.

A Fresh Canvas

A huge painting hung over the sleek bed in this modern bedroom creates a dramatic focal point. When hanging a painting as a headboard, be sure to hang it high enough so the pillows won't rest against the canvas. Design by Andreas Charalambous.

Mix It Up

Three tones of the same fabric form a graduated, padded headboard that anchors the bed, while adding a bold punch of color to the neutral wall. Designer Kim Myles finishes off the sophisticated, romantic bedroom with a wall of votive candles.

Canopy Chic

Extend the headboard with a fabric canopy for a truly dramatic impact. Designer Kim Myles uses a neutral striped fabric with an accent panel of metallic red to contrast with the blue walls and create a cozy canopy for this traditional bedroom.

Artfully Designed

Don't want a massive headboard for your bed? Define the space with framed pieces of artwork. Designer Kenneth Brown uses two small pieces of art and flanks the bed with two display cabinets to highlight the bed in this transitional space.

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