19 Creative Ways of Hanging Art Above Your Bed

updated Mar 29, 2023
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There are lots of different ways to incorporate art into your bedroom. And the pieces you choose are likely to be as unique and personal as your bedroom is. But when it comes to hanging art above the bed, you’ve got to get it right, since this can set the tone for your entire bedroom. Here, we’ve got all the inspiration you need to create the right look for your room, along with some tips to follow if you need a bit of guidance. 

Dos and Don’ts of Hanging Art Above the Bed

There are a lot of things to consider when choosing art, from what type of art (photograph, painting, or something else?) to the color, style, and pattern. To choose the best piece of art for your sleeping space, consider the vibe you’re going for: bold and dramatic? Fun and funky? Zen-like and relaxing? Then take a look at the bedroom paint color – will your art blend with it or pop? 


  • Opt for art that pops against an otherwise neutral room.
  • Experiment with a gallery wall if you can’t decide on just one piece you love.
  • Consider the size of your bed when choosing art.


  • Choose art that clashes with the overall feel of the room (like pop art with a woodsy theme, for example).
  • Hang too many statement pieces. Instead, stick to just one.
  • Be afraid to mix and match colors and patterns.

Below, a collection of rooms with hanging art above the bed. Use these as examples or copy them for a look that’s right for your space. 

1. Pop Art

This bold, eye-catching Warhol piece from a Chicago, South Loop, loft is the perfect backdrop for this otherwise simple room. Red accent pieces pop against white walls and bedding, while coordinating with the hanging art above the bed.

2. Geometric Design

When hanging art above the bed, consider painting a geometric shape in a contrasting color to really make your artwork pop. In this colorful Chicago home, a bright yellow circle plays host to two simple, black-and-white prints. The off-centered placement adds visual interest. 

Credit: Amanda Poe

3. Wall Mural

There’s nothing that says the art hanging above your bed can’t take up the whole wall. Paint-on or stick-on murals are a great way to create an accent wall that lends the perfect vibe to your space. We love the woodsy mural that accompanies the forest green bedding in Amanda Poe’s boho apartment

Credit: Minette Hand

4. Three Dimensional Design

This Texas bedroom gives an ode to its home state with a dramatic pair of antlers affixed to the wall above the bed. They’re the perfect fit for this rustic but elegant bedroom, coordinating perfectly with burnt orange accents like the curtains and throw pillow.

Credit: Risi Munoz

5. Fabric Wall Hanging

A cute and colorful pom-pom mobile serves as hanging art above the bed in this eclectic bedroom. Fabric wall hangings make great wall art since they can often be customized to exactly what you’re looking for. 

6. Modern Art

If you have a black-and-white bedroom, try hanging modern art above the bed for a cohesive look. We love how @blushstudioshomestaging used this black-and-white Klint piece in this bedroom. 

7. Create Bold Contrast

To bring a pop of color to an all-white bedroom, consider hanging art above the bed that’s bold, colorful and dramatic. Bonus points if it’s sized large enough to really create a statement, like the blue-hued abstract design shown here by @diannebarlett

8. Above-the-Bed Gallery Wall

We’re obsessed with the gallery wall above this bed, which contrasts perfectly against the deep green walls. You can affordably collect similar pieces at the thrift store to get the look.

9. Natural Wood Frame

The natural light wood frame of this art piece goes perfectly with the eclectic vibe of this bedroom

(Image credit: Emma Fiala)

10. Perfectly Centered

Noah makes the right choice in centering the art piece above his bed between the shelves.

(Image credit: Heather Keeling)

11. Yin and Yang

Here, two contrasting pieces hang right above a simple, minimal bed.

Credit: Will Crooks

12. Unique Placement

The gallery wall-style placement of these art pieces totally works with the eclectic vibe of this space

13. Tiny, but Bold

Despite its size, this tiny, framed art piece by Nicolas Sanchez makes a statement in an IKEA frame that Clare spray-painted red.

(Image credit: Natalie Jeffcott)

`14. Perfectly Mapped Out

The size of this centered hanging map fits perfectly above this vintage metal bed.

(Image credit: Nancy Mitchell)

15. Small, but Bold

Though the piece above this bed is on the small side, it works because the headboard is so substantial and the wall color is so bold.

(Image credit: Ellie Arciaga Lillstrom)

16. Oversized, yet Balanced

This oversized art piece could have easily overwhelmed the small bedroom, but the patterned bedding helps balance an overall bold theme.

(Image credit: Lauren Kolyn)

17. Horizontal Landscape 

This wide art piece mimics the horizontal headboard and contrasts nicely with the gray wall.

(Image credit: Bridget Pizzo)

18. Perfectly Framed

This piece of art could have felt too small over the bed, but the addition of sconces on either side of the headboard make the look.

(Image credit: Adrienne Breaux)

19. Cool Color Combo

This piece of hanging art above the bed is perfectly proportioned and placed. We love how its colors go with the blue headboard.

Additional reporting by Carolin Lehmann