A unique and luxurious-looking headboard can instantly make over a space. Our home team shares three suprisingly easy ways to craft your own (in as little as one hour!) ideas for extra touches to completely update your bedroom.
Eclectic prints and lots of texture mix with treasured finds for a well-traveled vibe.
1. Find a sturdy dowel, curtain rod, or (as seen here) bamboo pole over which to drape your rug.
2. Hold pole up against wall horizontally; measure the desired height and length for "headboard." Two inches in from each end of pole, drill two screws into wall, leaving a half inch of screw exposed.
3. Wrap rope or twine around pole four or five times. Then wrap three more times, leaving three inches of slack for hanging onto screws. Drape rug over top.
1. Try organic details.
Calm a bright and colorful palette with rustic woods for the tables, bench, and decorative vases.
2. The more pattern, the merrier!
When it comes to prints, think variety. Just remember to anchor them in the same two or three colors, then let your imagination be your guide.
3. Throw in one modern element.
Keep the room interesting by choosing lamps that stand apart from the rest of look.
GET THE LOOK
Rug (used as headboard), $250, . Bedskirt, $65, . Throw, $20, . Orange pillows, $50 each, .Laal pillow, $125, . Jiti Maze pillow, $71, . Nightstands, $300 each, . Lamps, $70 each, . Pink vase, $39, . Rug, $109 and up, .
Rich fabrics, wintry neutrals, and a marbled pattern create a luxe oasis.
1. Begin with a basic, unfinished door or wooden plank. (If it's finished, be sure to prime it first.)
2. Coat surface with layer of Mod Podge (work quickly; it dries fast!). Lay decorative craft-store paper on top right away, smoothing out air bubbles and wrinkles. Let dry 30 minutes, then finish with a top coat of Mod Podge.
3. Hang as you would a picture frame, drilling a screw at either end of door's back (when horizontal), two inches below the top. Wrap wire around screws twice, from end to end. Drill two additional screws into wall at desired height, just inside where other screws would fall.
1. Add gold touches.
Inject polish into the room with glam accessories like ornate gold leaf side tables and metallic tones.
2. Bring in a bench.
Place a long, low coffee table or bench at the foot of your bed. It's the perfect spot for showing off your favorite books and special collections.
3. Opt for slim lamps.
Tall, sleek ones in a solid neutral color complement a statement headboard without competing for attention.
4. Mix up the pillows.
Cultivate a modern, relaxed feel with mismatched pillows — a variety of sizes and fabrics is key.
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Duvet cover, $209, . Sheets, $53, . Studded pillow cover, $39, . Mongolian pillow, $140, . Throw, $295, . Stitched throw pillow, $36, . Lamps, $370 each, . Marble box, $24, antler, $29, and bookends, $39 each, . Clock, $59, . Rug, $48 and up, .
NOD TO MOD
Punchy colors and geometric touches have a playful and lively effect.
1. Grab a friend and a level, to help make sure your rows of decals are straight.
2. Line up first row of decals with top of your mattress, allowing a bit of decal to show on either side of bed.
3. Starting with bottom row, work your way up each column, adhering decals until desired height is achieved (36 to 50 inches is standard for a queen-size bed).
1. Add graphic accesories.
Choose vases and other pieces in eye-catching patterns to finish the look.
2. Use dressers as bedside tables.
Short on storage? Nightstands that double as dressers offer extra space for your stuff.
3. Go bright.
Add to the fun with vibrant pops of bold color. They really stand out against white walls and sheets.
4. Layer your sheets.
Buy two sets of sheets with differing patterns in the same scale and color scheme. Mix and match the flat and fitted ones for a playful look.
GET THE LOOK
Decals, $139, . Duvet, $225, . Sheets, $180, . Shams, $65 each, . Throw, $85, . Bedskirt, $65, . Dressers, $699 each, . Lamps, $416 each, . Rug, $41 and up, .
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Photos: Kat Teutsch
This story appeared in the January 2015 issue of Good Housekeeping.