Bigger and Better: Hang Oversized Artwork Instead of a Headboard

Bigger and Better: Hang Oversized Artwork Instead of a Headboard

Taryn Williford
Jul 29, 2015
(Image credit: Lemon Stripes)

A headboard is a great way to visually frame up your bedroom. But the thing is, your headboard doesn't have to be a headboard at all. An oversized piece of framed art can do the same work for you, giving your bedroom or guest room tons of unique style in the process.

Those of you that want to try this at home should know there are a few rules for getting the look right:

  • The size of the art should be close to the width of the bed, or wider.
  • Choose something with structure, such as a framed print or wrapped canvas.
  • Hang the art so the bottom is near the top of the pillows. Just a bit above or below is perfect; whatever you're comfortable with.

Julia of Lemon Stripes recently shared a peek at her guest bedroom, above, hitting each of the rules perfectly. And, for your inspiration, here are three other bedrooms using oversized art as a headboard.

A personal photo hung over Lisa Sherry and Ron Royals' bedroom, from Domino:

(Image credit: Brittany Ambridge)

An IKEA favorite, this city scene hangs above the bed in a converted wool mill on Houzz:

(Image credit: Esther Hershcovich/Houzz)

And a color-coordinated canvas frames the bedroom in this Sag Harbor cottage from Tara Seawright:

(Image credit: Tara Seawright)

So what do you think? Would you ever replace your headboard with a piece of art?

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