A headboard can be an important design element in your bedroom. Both functional and decorative, it s a great way to celebrate your style. A headboard is a very customizable piece of furniture, so you can easily find something as funky or as traditional as you are. Here s what a headboard can bring to your room:

Visual Interest
A headboard sets off your bed as the focal point of the bedroom. It provides structure and shape, making the room feel more complete. Use a headboard to set the style, whether you re matching it with the color or wood stain of your other furniture, or choosing a piece for contrast. You can also use it to highlight dimensions in your room a tall headboard draws the eye upward or adds scale to a small bed.

A great shape makes a stunning impact sleek and streamlined, or plush and elegant to go with the vibe in your room. Embellishments like ornate carvings, nail-head trim, finials, or tall posts all add visual interest too.

bucks county designer house 2016 oskar huber-17

Color and Pattern
Neutral walls? Plain bedspread? A fabric-upholstered headboard is a great way to introduce color or pattern to your d cor. A bright headboard pops against a neutral wall, framing your bed as a statement piece. It can tie the look together for your whole room, picking up colors in the rug, linens, and wallpaper. If you d rather go bold with your sheets and comforter and a stack of pretty pillows, choose a plain or solid color headboard.

Introducing pattern also means introducing texture another important visual design element. It adds a layer of interest and extra depth, such as a rich leather-upholstered headboard, or one with button tufting for a soft quilted appearance. Plus, the plush texture of an upholstered headboard is soft and inviting the perfect touch for a cozy bedroom.

Historically, a headboard served to protect the sleeper from drafts and cold walls. They still do, but most of us use them for sitting up more comfortably in bed. It s nicer support while reading or watching TV, and it keeps you from losing pillows down the crack behind you. Some models incorporate storage or shelves a handy place to keep books, a mug, or to display photos. Some bookcase headboards feature built-in lamps, perfect for reading in bed.