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Bedrooms are personal. And so is individual style. When designing your bedroom, remember that headboards are a great way to make a statement and reflect personal tastes.
Some people look to their bedroom as a quiet and restful sanctuary. Others may want it bright, bold and cheery. Whatever your preference may be, headboard styles can take center stage when setting the tone for the room.
Decisions, decisions, decisions. There are so many styles out there – so how do you ever choose? Here is a breakdown of some of the many options:
Upholstered Headboards: These are the most versatile of all headboards, in my opinion. Upholstered headboards can be as simple or dramatic as you want them to be. Formal or informal. I have a wonderful resource who can build any shape or style that I draw out for clients. When designing a custom headboard, I often look to the nature of the fabric to lead me in a certain stylistic direction. For instance, a beautiful damask print may call for softer lines on a headboard. A graphic fabric, on the other hand, may call for straighter lines.
Wooden Headboards: These often have a more masculine feeling. I think they are most appropriate when used in mountain houses, beach house or boys' rooms. If you choose a wooden headboard for your master bedroom, I suggest layering pillows on the bed to soften the lines.
Woven Headboards: Rattan or Grasscloth headboards are very popular in casual settings. I love to use them in houses on the coast to infuse a laid back and relaxed feeling. You know – the kind that makes you want to kick off your shoes and go for a walk in the sand.
Poster Beds: Wooden or metal, poster beds can add a dramatic effect to your bedroom. Not only do they visually heighten the look of the room, but they command a lot of attention. Want a romantic vibe? Go with a canopy bed layered with sheer, soft fabric. My only warning is that you may not want to get out of the bed in the morning!
Check out the slideshow of headboard styles for inspiration.