Bedroom focal point
As the largest piece of furniture in any bedroom, the bed deserves to take pride of place. What better way to finish off a bed than with a dramatic, eye-catching headboard.
RIGHT TOP: Lavish use of fabric makes this bed a beautiful focal point. A pleated valance and gathered draperies hung at ceiling height frame the upholstered headboard. To set off the headboard, the draperies are lined with a solid fabric.
For a seamless transition from headboard to floorboards, the bed frame is wrapped in a piped and gathered skirt that resembles a slipcover. The treatment recalls slipcovered club chairs and evokes English cottage style.
RIGHT CENTRE: Fashion a homemade headboard with all the style of built-in panelLing by framing raised-panel wooden squares with moulding trim - both available at your local Builders Warehouse. Splash on your favourite colour of paint, and then, if desired, embellish with frames displaying patterned papers.
The wooden squares also offer an ideal backdrop for family photos, botanical prints, or reproductions of your favourite paintings. Glue them directly onto the painted wood with decoupage paste or frame and hang them with picture hooks.
RIGHT: The simple curves of this custom-made headboard carry the eye halfway up the wall, where two dramatic pieces of art hang just above the wall-mount bedside lamps. The artwork doesn't overwhelm the bed because the dominant colour is white, picking up the colour of the bed linens.
RIGHT BOTTOM: Upholstered headboards suit clean-lined styles as well as ornate ones. Designed with comfort in mind, this bed features an upholstered headboard in blue linen velvet. Brass furniture tacks emphasise the straight lines of the headboard and the upholstered panel.