7 Ideas for What to Put Behind Your Bed

7 Ideas for What to Put Behind Your Bed

Try these design moves — rounded up from this week’s stories — to add interest, comfort and a bit of fun to your bedroom

January 6, 2018


Mediterranean Bedroom by Studio Talent

Studio Talent

1. Short Headboard + Blank Wall + Iron Canopy Frame

A classic and fresh approach to arranging your sleeping area is to embrace a short, unassuming headboard and a plain white wall. Teamed with crisp white linen, they make for a casual and relaxing look. For a touch of interest and sophistication, consider an iron canopy with its dramatic black lines. Here, with the symmetry of the wall-mounted sconces, the lines look like a masterful drawing on a piece of white paper.

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Beach Style Bedroom by Studio Ggem

Studio Ggem

2. Upholstered Headboard + Wood-Paneled Wall

Taking the previous example a step further, a more ornate upholstered headboard makes a more robust statement. And the spaces between the wood panels bring a bit more texture to the blank wall. Here, two chandeliers cut striking silhouettes against the serene backdrop.

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Eclectic Bedroom by Hado Photo

Hado Photo

3. Upholstered Headboard + Painted Wood Panel + Sculpture

For a more dramatic look, consider an upholstered headboard in an exaggerated shape against a paneled wood piece that’s painted a deep, moody color. By using vertical space, you can really bring a lot of dimension to a small bedroom. A small animal sculpture in a contrasting color will bring a bit of whimsy to tamp down the drama if needed.

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Modern Bedroom by Kerry Ellis Design

Kerry Ellis Design

4. Wooden Headboard + Artwork + Metal Canopy Frame

This bedroom offers a more contemporary, colorful take on the style of the first bedroom shown in this article. The designer took advantage of the dramatic lines of the metal canopy frame against the white backdrop but then turned things up a bit with the colorful abstract painting. A walnut headboard keeps things streamlined while adding warmth, and two pendant nightstand lights add more contrasting lines and shapes.

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Mediterranean Bedroom by Pierangelo Laterza

Pierangelo Laterza

5. Display Niche

Here’s a great solution if you need more storage in your bedroom and you’re not sure about what you want to hang above your bed just yet. A niche provides storage and display space, where you can swap out decor items to add or take away color and texture. If you’re tired of the niche or fancy a different approach, you can always cover it up with a headboard or piece of art.

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Transitional Bedroom by Christen Ales Interior Design

Christen Ales Interior Design

6. Patterned Window Treatment

If you’ve got a window above your bed, your options aren’t entirely limited. Coordinating a window shade and a pillowcase in a fun pattern can bring stronger design results than you might think.

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Contemporary Bedroom by Paolo Fusco Photo

Paolo Fusco Photo

7. Whimsical Headboard + Neon Sign

For some people, ending and starting the day with a sense of playfulness is all that matters. If that’s the case for you, look for a styled upholstered headboard that makes a statement. Then consider a neon sign spelling out a word or phrase that’s dear to your heart. 

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