Color in the Bedroom: Three Headboard Ideas

Color in the Bedroom: Three Headboard Ideas

Grace Shu
Mar 1, 2010

Ah yes, if it isn't our old friend, the headboard. It's like an empty slate for ideas, an open space to spend as much or as little as we can afford in both money and time. A quick search in our archives will yield all kinds of DIY ideas and lovely examples, so why (you may be asking) are we including three more ideas to the grand heap? Well, in our defense, we can only shrug our shoulders and offer the adage of variety being the spice of life...or something similar to that. Besides, spring is around the corner (we hope, thinking of the rain and hail from Saturday; not to mention the snowstorm that befell our friends on the East Coast), and punchy colors will be all the rage in a few weeks.

If oversized graphics are your heart's desire, then this is a pretty effective idea. And it can be accomplished a myriad of ways: If you are handy with a jigsaw or have access to a laser cutter device thingy (we're pretty sure that is the technical term), you could get similar scrollwork cut. But if you don't, a similar look can be achieved by simply transferring a pattern onto the headboard base (a projector works best) and relying on your steady hand to paint the design.

A more minimalist, almost sculptural approach: A collection of six canvases, painted to match the wall and arranged in a square above the bed is painted sparingly with lines of color. Upon closer inspection--is that just tape they used? On one hand, it reminds us of amazing Johnny Weir's hot pink scraps holding his leather corset together during his Olympic short program skate; and on the other hand, it also reminds us of J.Crew's recent window display that utilized neon duct tape. Since we're fans of both Johnny Weir and J.Crew, and this looks like a pretty simple project, we'd say this is probably our favorite headboard idea of the bunch.

If you're tired of Warhol-inspired art, skip ahead to the comments section. If you're a fan, then you will probably enjoy this idea of using an oversized pop art piece as a headboard. Personally, I have always toyed with the idea of using this Roy Lichtenstein piece either above the bed or in the living room, but haven't quite gotten to that point yet.

Thoughts on these headboard ideas?

(Images: Living Etc.)

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