Pattern with Restraint: Wallpaper Headboards 5 Ways

Pattern with Restraint: Wallpaper Headboards 5 Ways

Leah Moss
May 12, 2009

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...

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.

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

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.


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

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)

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