A bed’s headboard, traditionally made of wood, was once used to separate a slumbering houseguest from a drafty wall. But in modern homes, it provides an opportunity to add another decorative layer and texture to a bedroom. When upholstered in a bold fabric or fashioned of unique materials, such as leather straps, a headboard can become the focal point in guest rooms, children’s rooms, and master suites alike. Architectural Digest combed the archives to compile eye-catching versions, from patterned and ornate styles to sleek minimalist designs, that will offer endless inspiration for your next bedroom refresh.
Photo by: Simon Upton
In the guest room of a Hong Kong home reimagined by Mattia Bonetti, the bed, a Bonetti one-off, is positioned within a swath of orange lacquer that serves as a virtual canopy. The designer padded the headboard with the same gray leather used for the bedspread, and the lamps and custom-made nightstands are also his work.
Photo: William Waldron
In this New York City loft decorated by Milly de Cabro, a floor lamp and valet, both by Adnet, command the guest room, which is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Cornforth White. The bed is outfitted in Pratesi linens, and the headboard is upholstered in a Peter Dunham Textiles ikat.
Photo: Simon Upton
An Artemide lamp tops one of the Syrian side tables in a bedroom of a Marrakech home renovated by Sardar Design Studio; the headboard is draped with a wool blanket, the coverlet is a Berber wedding blanket, the chest is antique Moroccan, and the Tuareg carpet is made of woven leather and palm fronds.
Photo: Michael Moran
In the master bedroom of a Manhattan apartment refashioned by Lee Mindel, the headboard by Jonas and the Kerstin Hörlin-Holmquist daybed were upholstered in fabrics by Nobilis and Holland & Sherry, respectively; the wall covering is by Clarence House, and the bedding is by Pratesi.
Photo: William Waldron
A China Seas fabric sheathes the walls of a guest room in retail entrepreneur Christopher Burch’s Hamptons home, which was decorated by Christopher Maya; the bed and custom-made headboard are clad in a fabric from Country Swedish, the bedding is by Matouk, the lamps are from Treillage, and the carpet is by Merida Meridian.
Originally Published by Architectural Digest