Co-ordinate the bedhead fabric and colour palette back to your window furnishings – or maybe a leather look or metallic fabric for a big wow factor. Do you want your bed head to be the hero of the room? Contrasting the colour of the bedhead to the wall colour looks so dramatic, especially if bright colours are used!
There are some gorgeous fabrics that may be a bit over the top for curtains, but in a simple tailored headboard and cushions add just the right amount of drama. The bright Moroccan influence in fabric design looks wonderful on a headboard – especially the geometric patterns in bold colours. For a modern slick look a neutral fabric with buttoning looks stunning.
achieved by blending the headboard into its surroundings with a subtle colour shift – paint the wall behind the headboard a shade or two lighter than the headboard’s fabric).
When designing your bedhead think about how wide it needs to be – just as wide as the bed or wider to include bedside tables? Do you want it resting on the floor, or just attached to the wall so that it appears to be floating?
Bed head boards that attach to the wall are so easy and inexpensive to take off and reupholster in a different fabric to change the mood of the room. (Think the transition from kids to teenager décor.)
Or maybe just change the headboard with the seasons to suit your bed coverings. Why not co-ordinate the bed head back to a bed runner or bedspread? Bedspreads can be made in any style – quilted, tailored corners, throw overs. A simple bed runner looks so stylish when coordinated back to the bed linen (why not have two runners to quickly change the look?) and teamed with scatter cushions.
Bed heads also look fantastic when teamed with a matching (fitted) valance to cover the mattress sides.
By Coleen Radford