For me, the most important bedroom furniture decor is the headboard, and choosing the right one makes it the focal point of the room in furniture placement. The center of the eye attention will be on that piece of furniture.
In My 6 Rules of Thumb for Furniture Placement I have explained the need for a focal point in any room to optimize the proper arrangement of the furniture.
In a room with the furniture and some other accessories arranged around a focal point, you will feel more comfortable to rest; it will become much more inviting to you and your guests.
Headboards originally came from the ideas of the Romans and Greeks. They found out that it feels comfortable to eat, drink, and read when placing additional raised board at the head of a bed.
There are many styles and options you can do to make almost any materials into a headboard. The choice is up to you. You can do whatever you like if you think it will set the tone of your room and will define its ambiance.
My personal choice of headboards with regards to material are wood and upholstered because aside from being important in bedroom design I also consider their effect on my sleep at night.
Feng Shui is another reason for my choice of headboard materials. According to experts of this ancient Chinese practice, wood together with upholstery make a very good combination of solidness and gentleness thereby focusing the positive energy flow called “chi”.
In my previous post Feng Shui in Furniture Placement Brings Good Luck you will know how to properly set up your furniture in accordance to the principles of feng shui.
Here are some headboard ideas to inspire you:
This beautifully hand carved wooden headboard is from a rosewood tree. It consists of a four panel which fits perfectly on a king size bed.
This type of wooden headboard is usually structured connected to the bed frame accompanied with a foot board.
Simple and plain with no ornate designs. The headboard is made from pine in a lacquered oak finish and and comes with strut support legs which are stained to the same color as the headboard. The shape is somewhat of a Cleveland style.
Some fabric designs of headboards are typical from textiles in Mexico, India and South America. The one above is a hand made by Otomi Indians of central Mexico. It is also called Guadalajaran fabric over at my favorite blog Design Sponge.
This Chartreuse tufted headboard from Neiman Marcus usually cost $1,700 – $1,930. It is built on a maple frame that’s been covered in tufted, chartreuse suede.
Headboard Shapes and Patterns
If you plan on making a DIY wooden headboard I would like to share with you some shapes that I had found on the Net:
Here is a video on how to assemble an upholstered headboard from Heady Bed: