I am a huge fan of upholstered bedheads as I feel that bedrooms, as places of sanctuary, should be cosy, soft and inviting. A beautifully finished bedhead makes a colour and sometimes a major design statement, is tactile and really nice to rest upon after a long day. I have some tips below to help you to find and select exactly the right style for you.
Firstly, consider the style of your decorating. Is your look more contemporary or modern with a retro feel? Are you more of a fan of the Hamptons style of decorating or do you just like a simple classic feel? The colour scheme below is one of my favourites. I really love neutrals in a bedroom with blue accents and this upholstered bedhead is a great feature in the room.
If you prefer a contemporary style then you should opt for a bedhead with clean lines, upholstered in a plain fabric and possibly finished on the edge with a timber veneer or polyurethane painted finish. The image below is upholstered in a simple duck egg blue linen fabric that can be either dressed up or down depending upon the accessories you use.
Alternatively if you like the contemporary style but with a Retro twist then you might like a design that is square edged and simple but with some vertical lines. Finished in a green velvet and extended past the edges of the bed, really adds to the retro touch.
A Hamptons style bedhead will be dictated more by the type and colour of the fabric than the style. Linen fabrics are usually the number one choice here, with neutrals or blues being favourites to evoke the classic Hamptons look. The designer in this room has cleverly tied the studs from the bedhead into the artwork. Just a simple finishing touch but it makes a big difference.
A classic style bedhead will usually have a little bit more of a design element with perhaps a scalloped edge or side panels. These styles are very elegant and timeless and offer slightly more than a simple square edged bedhead but are not as fussy as those with a buttoned finish. Again they can be dressed up or down depending upon the style of fabric and the other accessories.
A traditional style upholstered bedhead will have the button detail included in the design. These pieces, although traditional, are timeless and I have seen them used successfully in more contemporary schemes, particularly if the house is heritage listed but is being decorated in a modern way.
A pretty country style look can be achieved with a design that is co-ordinated with the bedding and wallpaper. Fabric houses will have ranges that all go together and this can be a very simple way to achieve a great look that naturally works.
So the shape and how the bedhead is finished is really important to consider to ensure that you select one that suits your style but you can also change the look with the type of fabric that you choose. This will also have an impact on the style and the overall look of the bedhead. A simple plain edged design takes on a whole new look in a stunning floral fabric and can really make a room very pretty and attractive.
Don’t forget the smaller elements like statement co-ordinated fabric on the edges, buttons, piping and studs. These small accents can make the piece very special.
If you opt for a classic linen fabric, you will achieve a timeless feel regardless of the style of bedhead whilst a rich velvet will give you more of a retro feel. Bedheads can also be upholstered in leather for a masculine contemporary touch.
Lastly, colour will play an important role. An upholstered bedhead can really become a feature in a bedroom so in addition to considering the style and type of fabric you also need to consider the colour. A natural linen hue or a simple dark charcoal is timeless and will work with many different colour schemes and the great feature of this is that although beautiful it will not necessarily dictate the rest of the room. However you can make the bedhead the statement by using a feature colour, particularly if you make the bedhead over-sized, and then use this as your starting point for the other items in your scheme.
The beauty with upholstered bedheads is that if you select a very simple style, you can easily re-upholster it yourself or if you have a more intricate style you can have this re-upholstered by a professional and still have a new look for relatively little cost.
I have lots of inspiration on my Instagram and Pinterest accounts including a board of bedroom favourites that you might like to visit and I would love to hear your comments in the section below.