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The bedroom furniture sale at West Elm got me thinking about what makes a bedroom feel “designed”.  And to me, it’s the headboard that adds that necessary finishing touch.

I love the details at play on the headboards pictured below.  The unexpected color, luxurious fabric, tailored nail heads, sophisticated tufting – they all lend that design element to their respective room which makes the room stand out.

There are also some great creative ways to accomplish the “headboard” look without actually dishing out the money. You can paint a headboard on the wall behind your bed with an accent color, use an antique screen or vintage doors that you can typically find at antiques faires, or stain boards that you can buy at your local harware store.

Regardless of how you go about it, the addition of a headboard grounds the bed and “makes” the room!

What do you think?

The four poster bed’s headboard is Ralph Lauren’s Coastal Stripe. Featured in House Beautiful’s Feb ’09 Issue

This room from Maison & Demeure’s Jan ’10 issue shows a bohemian upholstered headboard with tailored nailhead trimming.
* Photographer: Louise Bilodeau

This bedroom was designed for a teenager by Amanda Nisbet. I love the pops of color and the custom designed headboard. Featured in the March 2008 issue of House Beautiful.

Gene Meyer and Frank de Biasi designed this bed made with traditional Moroccan woodwork (custom-made in Marrakech). The detail, color and uniqueness make this bedroom a stand-out. Featured in the November 2008 issue of House Beautiful.

This bedroom is from the design catalog, Ballard Designs. When I look at this room, the fabric pattern and color evoke a sense of happiness. I would want to spend all of my time in this room!

Designer Jacqueline Derrey Segura designed this sophisticated, yet fun room for the family’s daughter. The headboard is upholstered in Brunschwig & Fils fabric. Featured in the July 2007 issue of House Beautiful.

Designer Meg Braff designed this room with a very restful palette of beige and aqua. The bed and curtain fabric is Lyford Background in Inca Gold on White, by China Seas. Featured in the October 2009 issue of House Beautiful.

The Osborne & Little fabric headboard in red, mixed with green bedside tables from Pottery Barn gave this inspired room a country cottage feel. Designed by Tom Stringer and featured in the February 2008 issue of House Beautiful.

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Comments

Dana Giradro • on July 26, 2011

It amazes me how those headboards make the beds look so comfortable! I’ve always wanted to upgrade my bed and was embarassed about how “dainty” it looked in my bedroom. Your suggestions are eye opening and got me thinking about how simple it would be to make my meager bed look majestic with a simple headboard addition…although the two blue stools in the picture designed by Meg Braff were also a fun addition!

Thanks for sharing, I love following your blog and was inspired to comment after seeing this post!
Dana

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