As the largest piece of furniture in your bedroom, your bed says a lot about you. It has the power to set the style and tone of the room, and it doesn’t even need to take action – such a stately, centralized position says it all.
And as the most visible part of that bed, the headboard can be as bold, subtle or sophisticated as you want it to be. How do you choose the right one for your room?
Headboard TypesThe right headboard is the one that says what you want it to say. If you're more glam and polished, you likely wouldn't choose a simple wood frame bed. And if you prefer subtle, neutral designs, you likely wouldn't purchase a headboard decked out in pops of color or flashy detailing. Apart from the style and color of the headboard, you'd also need to consider the size and the materials used.
Headboard MaterialsOnce you've selected the headboard type you like, you also need to choose the material. Here are materials used to make headboards of all shapes and sizes.
- Wood – solid, veneer and reclaimed
- Metal – typically wrought iron and brass
- Fabric – cotton, linen and synthetics
- Plant fibers – rattan and wicker
- Leather – soft and distressed
Headboard Styles and Trends
Headboards have always been statement pieces, but headboard trends can shape the look and feel of the whole room. Common trends for headboards include:
- Colorful upholstery
- Intricate geometric patterns
- Tufted velvet or cashmere
- Reclaimed wood
- Gold detailing
- French and Victorian-inspired
- Monochrome and minimalist
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