Pattern with Restraint: Wallpaper Headboards 5 Ways

We love the look of wallpaper in small doses and reserved for unexpected places — behind shelves, lining the inside of closets — and wallpapered headboards are no exception. No doubt, the concept is nothing new to you — you've probably seen how it's spiced up the blandest of bedroom walls many times before. However, we're always discovering new ways of using wallpaper to dress up the sleep space. Here's a few simple variations on the standard papered headboard...

Framed
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Adding a border of molding, trim, or even ribbon creates a more finished look for the wallpapered headboard. For step by step instructions, click here.
Detailed
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We've featured this fun idea from Martha Stewart before. Basically the lines of the headboard are created by cutting the wallpaper along the lines of its pattern.

Accent Wall
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A large bed can look awkward on a small wall, but turning the whole thing into a headboard of sorts by wallpapering the entire surface gives it a more established, purposeful look. I think it looks best when paired with simple bedding as shown.

Scrolled
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Hanging a series of wallpapered segments like paper scrolls gives a totally different look to a bedroom by adding sculptural interest as well as pattern.

Vertical Panels
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A slightly more sophisticated take on hanging a single wallpaper panel. We like how it keeps the eye moving and breaks up a wide expanse of wall space.

(Images: 1: James Merrell, 2: Domino, 3: Point Click Home, 4: Martha Stewart, 5& 6: Sunset, 7: Homes and Gardens)