This week’s installment in my month of “Things I Love” is upholstered headboards, because everyone needs a comfortable place to rest their head. I’d say in 90% of my projects I include an upholstered headboard in the master bedroom, because we all have an in-bed, before-sleep routine, whether watching a late night talk show or reading a good thriller, and we all need something soft on which to rest our heads.
In a traditional bedroom I designed, the frame of the headboard has a stately, old-world elegance, but the soft linen upholstery and pillows speak of comfort and relaxation, top priorities in a bedroom.
The great thing about upholstered headboards is for a piece of furniture with only one function - to comfortably support one’s head against the wall - the variety of shapes, styles and fabrics is virtually infinite. I love the delicate curves of this headboard paired with the slightly rough and primitive texture of the the raffia covering.
A similarly curvaceous headboard upholstered in a printed linen, takes on a serene and calming spin in this picture perfect bedroom. I can’t imagine a more soothing space to slumber.
Upholstered headboards can also be simple and modern, as this tall four-panel version in a stunning San Francisco Townhome. Light, bright, and simple, but still inviting.
And if you are going tall, why not go all the way up and channel upholster all the way up the ceiling, as in this grand yet inviting NewYork City apartment? The softness and noise absorbing quality of such a vast expanse of upholstery is the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of the city right outside the window.
The modernist in me loves the idea of doing the opposite, too, and keeping the headboard long, low and horizontal to match the lines of modern architecture. This oversized headboard, while rigorously modern, still meets the basic job requirements - a soft place to rest your head.
For more headboard inspiration, please visit my “Upholstered Headboard” Pinterest page.