6 Creative Alternatives to Your Standard Headboard

Think outside of the box with one of these new bedroom décor ideas.

Always looking for new and creative decorating ideas, we've explored some elegant, eye-catching alternatives to a standard headboard and are sharing ways to inject color, texture, and height into your bedroom. Read on for six dreamy ways to turn your bedroom from blah to ta-da! 1
PrintThumb Large-scale art is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to draw attention to your bed and create a focal point. Get creative and paint a large-scale canvas yourself, or have a pair of favorite photos printed at your local copy store in a size large enough that when hung together, will be as wide as your mattress. Make sure to properly secure the pieces when hanging to avoid a rude awakening if they were ever to fall. Hang high enough that your head will clear the canvas or frame while sitting up and reading. Dutch Love by Ashley Woodson Bailey, from $207, Citizen Atelier
MacrameThumb Popular in the '70s, this intricate art form is making a comeback in a big way, and we especially love the look of these large-scale weavings hung behind a bed. The textural contrast looks great against dark walls and injects a bohemian vibe into carefree spaces. Hang from a rod both at the top and bottom for a more taut look or give the weaving some movement by hanging the piece only from a single rod at the top. Magical Thinking Macramé Wall Hanging, $169, Urban Outfitters
MirrorThumb A way to instantly visually double your space, mirrors work wonderfully as headboard alternatives. The frames help replicate the square lines of a traditional headboard. For a different take, consider hanging a collection of smaller ones in a tight arrangement. Again, be sure to properly secure to your walls and call in a professional installer if you're not 100-percent confident. Levanger Mirror, $150, Ikea
ScreenThumb If you like a soft place to lean your head while sitting up in bed, an upholstered screen is a great way to add height and interest to your bedroom. Mount the screen flat on the wall for a large-scale statement or secure just the ends and leave the middle portions bent for a more angular aesthetic. Nailhead patterns are an additional textural bonus and add to the visual interest. Patterned Nailhead Upholstered Screen, $699, West Elm
SlabThumb A textural way to add a dose of the outdoors into your space, live-edge wood slabs look great behind a bed. The contrast between hard and soft makes a stunning focal point. For the most high-impact installation, select a piece of wood wide enough to extend beyond the bed frame so that it is also hung behind your nightstands, creating a feeling of grandeur. Black Walnut Slab, $900, eBay
SuzaniThumb One of the easiest ways to draw attention to your sleeping setup, textiles hung from a rod can add height, color, and excitement. Whether new or vintage, a textile hung on the wall is also a good way to disguise an existing headboard which you've grown tired of. Faded Suzani, $1995, Jayson Home
Have you found an unusual alternative to a standard headboard? Share with us in the comments, we'd love to know! Photographs: 1. Rachel Whiting 2. Philip Erickson (photographer and source) 3. Sally England (artist and source) 4. Amber Lewis (designer and source) 5. Colin Radcliffe 6. Alex Papachristidis (designer and source) 7. Darryl Carter photographed by Simon Upton for Elle Decor 8. Trevor Tondro for The New York Times 9. Miranda Brooks and Bastien Halard photographed by François Halard for Vogue 10. Trip Haenisch (designer and source) 11. Martyn Lawrence Bullard (designer and source) 12. Martyn Lawrence Bullard (designer and source)
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