March 25, 2016 estilodesignadmin

Bedroom Headboards: How do you choose the right one?

When I started working here almost 3 years ago I had no interest what soever in headboards! I had never liked them and I truly thought I never would. But I soon enough found myself getting hooked on them and how actually incredibly creative one can get with a headboard!

We have done so many for clients in my time here and those clients always come back with so much love about how much they love their new headboard.

A long time ago headboards were introduced into the bedroom to stop drafts and the cold in uninsulated buildings. They were then made only from wood which is of course less conductive than brick or stone and built away from the wall to allow the cool air to travel between the wall and the headboard down to the floor. Now we see headboards used in far more creative ways and for aesthetic purposes! All of the images + styles of headboards that i’m about to show you below can be either fixed to the wall or fixed to a bed frame depending on what you’re into – personally I change my room around way to much so a frame fixed to the wall is good for me 😉

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Upholstered Headboards

One of the most common headboards that you would have definitely seen is an upholstered headboard. These add a soft touch to a bedroom and can be funked up with a print or pattern or simple and sophisticated with a plain or textured fabric. Having an upholstered headboard is great for leaning up against when sitting in bed as well 🙂 Buttoned headboards like the picture on the left give your room a more modern look and also help make a headboard look softer and more comfortable. Headboards can also be shaped to fit any style in a room and the size of the bed. I love the picture on the right as it has a more classic and elegant feel because of the traditional shape.

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Wooden Headboards

Having a wooden headboard can really allow people to bring out their DIY side (kiwis love that) and get a little more creative with the headboards and make them more personal. Both the images above are super simple and both equally as effective – I think. The picture on the left I chose because I like the horizontal linear look. The raw and simple look keeps it understated and not overpowering and also adds balance to the room. The picture on the right is more of a statement with the wood being darker but its softened with the white border around the edges. The geometric paint print adds a more personal touch to the headboard and makes it a bit more fun!

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Storage Headboards

Headboards don’t just have to be for the aesthetic but can also have a really good practical function. The picture on the left is merely using an existing shelving wall as a headboard which is great on the budget but is also super practical for all your bits and bobs. Whereas the picture on the left is a wooden headboard with built in shelves – this idea would definitely minimize all the clutter of bedside tables.

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Get creative with headboards!

They don’t have to be the classic style, shape or material that you’ve seen above either! A headboard could really be made out of anything you find that you like – take these two pictures above as examples. A room divider and an old set of windows – they look awesome!! Don’t be afraid to get really personal and choose something that really fits your personal style. You want to choose something that you know your going to love.

Just keep in mind that once you have chosen the style, material or shape of the headboard you like consider the size of your room and your bed when you go to buy or even make it. Don’t overpower a small room with an extremely large headboard or vice versus. If you are going to fix the headboard to the wall remember to always hang it slightly lower than the top of the bed so theres no gap at the sides. If you choose an upholstered headboard consider the fabric as well – you don’t want it to stain from wet hair or soak up natural oils. Consider the people who use the bed – if you want to lean against the headboard make sure it works for tall people as well as short.

I would love to hear your thoughts on what I have written and please fire through any questions on the content or future blog posts either in the comments below or to my email eily@estilodesign.co.nz 🙂 

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