Headboards (especially tall, ornate ones) have no trouble standing alone. Even Maxwell's colorful headboard--plus the two examples after the jump aren't in need of anything extra (especially if you're going for a spare, minimalist vibe). But what we love about artwork above the headboard
is that it adds height to the room. Your eyes are instantly drawn upwards to the ceiling which makes the space feel open and tall. This trick is great for small bedrooms or when you want to add a "wow factor" to the master bedroom.
(Images: 1. Color Me In: Paint A Headboard Above Your Bed, 2. House Beautiful, 3. The Easiest Headboard Ever Contrived via Martha Stewart)