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Fresh Headboard Ideas

Just because it's in your bedroom, doesn't mean your headboard has to be a snooze. Get the designer look at the head of the bed with these four headboard designs.

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Photo 2 of 4This headboard is eye-catching but does not provide cushion, making pillows a necessity for comfort.

Architectural Remnant Brings Room Together(2 of 4)

Designer Joan Osburn was shopping in southern France when she stumbled across a beautiful architectural remnant. "It was probably part of a paneled Provencal room in the 18th or 19th century," she says. "Upon measuring it, I immediately thought of using it as a headboard."

Joan installed this fragment-as-headboard in the master bedroom of a house in northern California. "The house has very high ceilings, lots of large windows to access the water views and a juxtaposition of clean lines and architectural antiques," she says. "This unusual carved piece helps bring all those elements together in the bedroom."

Scale can be tricky when selecting architectural salvage for use above a bed, Joan says. "You don't want to have something that gets lost on the wall, but neither should you select something too massive," she says. "Measure it out on the wall and, if you can, tape a paper template up on the wall to see if the scale is right."

Once you've selected the right molding or architectural fragment, anchor it to the wall very sturdily, says Joan, a veteran of several California earthquakes. "And remember that without a soft headboard, you need lots of comfy pillows — some hard, some squishy — that allow you to sit up in bed and read."

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