1. Bring flowers. In a mostly white and pattern-free room, a floral headboard stands out. The effect here is one of natural abundance, with the riot of blooms and foliage bringing life to the cool, calm room, but the blue-only tones keep things transitional rather than cottage-y. Note how the geometric patterns of the pillows dressing the bed tilt the balance to the contemporary too.
2. Stay sharp. This room turns the pairing of floral headboard and geometric pillows on its head, with painterly blooms on the pillows and a tailored design on the headboard. In a warm color, the headboard ensures that the room is a cozy haven without compromising the smartness of the design.Want to make a high-ceilinged room feel warmer? Follow this room’s lead with a cocooning dark neutral for the walls. With crisp white for the ceiling and molding, the period features are still noticeable.
3. Keep it crisp. A neat geometric pattern for the headboard echoes the symmetrical chests of drawers, bedside lamps and mirrors in this quietly luxurious bedroom. For a design that’s equally tailored, opt to finish a patterned headboard with studs like these.
4. Create pattern with padding. Headboard pattern doesn’t have to come from the print or weave of upholstery. Here, horizontally stitched padding maximizes comfort and introduces a motif.If you want to make a bedroom feel sumptuous, be inspired by the tactile fabric and width of this design, which gives the room five-star-hotel style.
5. Combine patterns. In this room, the curvaceous headboard’s floral-and-foliage motif provides a contrast to the sharp lines of a striped wall behind the bed. Curves are easy on the eye, and the softer pattern plays up the comfort of the bed.Get the look by choosing a headboard shape that features curves rather than a regular rectangular. Also, there’s an art to mixing two very different patterns: To avoid a jarring vision, choose prints that share at least one color and whose shapes vary in scale or intricacy.
6. Put a twist on tradition. A small-scale floral is a country favorite, but here it’s almost entirely limited to the tall headboard, making the pattern stand out rather than join an exuberant mixture, as might be the case more traditionally. The result is resoundingly modern. Both the cerise of the chair and the lime of the curtains are reflected in the headboard, pulling the look together.Tip: Want to use a tufted headboard? Keep it shallow if contemporary is the way you want to take the scheme, or deep for a more classic look.
7. Double up. The headboard in this room does sterling work as a display shelf, as well as drawing the eye to the bed. With a white background, the stylized design complements the crisp white of the bed linen, and the overall look is chic and modern.Adding lighting to a solid headboard like this is a real space saver when there’s no room for bedside tables and lamps on both sides.
8. Incorporate an outline. In this room, velvet edges the patterned upholstery of the headboard, creating a frame for the delicate design within. The texture, along with the black-lacquered bedside tables and a gold-and-cream wall covering, ups the opulence of the bedroom. Contrast piping is an alternative if you like the idea of a headboard border for a more formal look.
9. Be size-wise. A headboard doesn’t have to be sized to the bed alone. This version extends beyond to create a backdrop for the bedside tables.Follow this room’s lead with simple graphic images above intricate upholstery to avoid visual overload.