What is the one piece of furniture that every bedroom has? The bed, of course! A double bed often dominates the decor, because it occupies a large proportion of the floor space. Unless it has a very tall, the bed usually has a big wall space great for decorating above it. So let’s get started.
First, let’s think about coordinating the bedding (duvet cover, comforter, quilt, comforter cover, blanket, pillows, throw, etc.) and the wall decoration. It’s important that they be thought out together to create a unified look. If you already have bedding that you love, use it to inspire the selection of the artwork for the wall. If not, decorate the wall first, and then look for bedding to match. Think about style (modern, classic, country …), patterns and colors when you try to coordinate the elements.
In a future post, I’ll explain some key concepts and tips regarding color selection. In the mean time, play around with this color selection tool from Benjamin Moore paints to show you color combinations that will work with a main color that you pick out. If you want to dive into the deep end, check out this more complex tool to learn about color theory or try out paint colors.
Now let’s have a look at some great ideas for decorating that wall above the bed. TIP: If you live in an earthquake-risk region, avoid hanging shelves or other heavy items above the bed.
Make a pillow headboard
This idea looks pretty earthquake-safe to me and also very comfortable and cozy for reading in bed. The pillows commicate rest and relaxation. You can customize the idea with other pillow shapes and sizes or different combinations of pillowcase colors and textures. Check out more ideas for pillow headboards.
Hang a large canvas artwork above the bed
Whether it’s a painting or a photograph, it weighs less than a piece framed behind glass of the same size and there is no risk of broken glass. Make sure to hang it high enough that your head won’t touch it if you are sitting up in bed against the wall, to avoid both hitting your head and dirtying the artwork.
You can either center it above the bed, or hang it asymmetrically, depending on the style of the room and artwork.
Made-to-measure wall mural
Finally, you can create or install an artwork directly on the wall with paint, a vinyl sticker, or wallpaper.
This idea looks like it was done with paint but it can be implemented alternatively with custom wallpaper or a large vinyl sticker.
In the next entry, we’ll move on to another room. Help decide which one in the my poll!
- 35 Cool, Original Headboard Ideas to Improve Your Bedroom Design from freshhome.com
- 25 Gorgeous DIY Headboard Projects from decoist.com