Stylish and Unique Headboard Ideas

Take a look at nine of our favorite headboard ideas.
By: Chelsey Bowen

Functional Backdrop

Make the bed a focal point by creating a wall-length headboard that features favorite decorative accessories. Punches of bold pinks and greens are toned down with black furnishings, creating a sophisticated, yet fun, bedroom retreat.

Simple and Neutral

Create dramatic vertical impact by taking the headboard to the ceiling. Designer Ann Grasso uses the two-toned headboard to help distinguish the sleeping area from the sitting area.

Screen Masterpiece

Headboards can still make an impact in a monochromatic color scheme. Find one with a mixture of textures and finishes to add interest. Here, designer Baylor Anne Bone used an elegant wooden screen with a metallic sheen.

Refresh the Classics

Try a twist on the traditional upholstered headboard. Instead of the tufted approach, designer Ann Wisniewski creates a grid of squares covered in tan fabric for the head of this bed.

Storage Smarts

A wall of shelving not only acts as a sleek headboard, but it also maximizes the storage in this bedroom. Design by Elizabeth Brownrigg.

A Fresh Canvas

Add a splash of color to a muted or white bedroom with a favorite painting hung over the bed. Be sure to hang it high enough so the pillows won't rest against the canvas. Design by Andreas Charalambous.

Graduated, Padded Headboard

For a unique headboard, find a favorite fabric in three shades. Attach batting to three different-sized pieces of plywood then wrap each piece in one of the fabrics. Design by Kim Myles.

Canopy Chic

Extend the headboard with a fabric canopy for a truly dramatic impact. Designer Kim Myles used a neutral striped fabric with an accent panel of metallic red to contrast with the blue walls.

Artfully Designed

An inexpensive option for a headboard is to define the space with framed pieces of artwork. Designer Kenneth Brown used two small pieces of art above the bed and flanked the bed with two display cabinets.