Bedrooms

Statement headboard ideas: an interior designer's secret tips to create the perfect bedroom

Replacing an old headboard is one of the easiest ways of giving a bed a new look. Natalia Miyar shares her interior design secrets...

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(Image credit: Natalia Miyar)

These headboard ideas from interior architect and designer Natalia Miyar will help you transform your bland bedroom into a showstopper.

Using a wide range of decorative fabrics, opulent velvet trims and clever design details, Natalia shows us just why we should all be paying more attention to our headboards.

See below for headboard ideas that are creative, fun and flamboyant, and once you're done, head over to our dedicated bedroom ideas page for more inspiration.

1. Introduce bold colors and patterns

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(Image credit: Natalia Miyar)

An intuitive creator with a love of beauty, she approaches design with an understanding of balance and proportion, so it comes as no surprise that Natalia is best known for her use of color and pattern.

Make a break from safe neutrals and upholster the bed in a bright playful fabric that will make it the star attraction. 'The headboard itself can be scaled up or down to introduce a new  perspective, think of it as a frame within the room,' she says.

For added impact, paint the wall behind in a bold co-ordinating shade.

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(Image credit: Natalia Miyar)

2. Upholster with velvet

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Natalia recommends building contrasting layers of texture in the bedroom. Choose velvet for its silky smooth texture, luxurious sheen and soft finish. 

The designer regularly decorates with deep rich shades which sit perfectly against a decorative wall in a softer palette, creating contrasts of texture and pattern. 

In this space, a bold headboard has been beautifully matched with tonal accessories, lighting and beautiful fabrics to introduce news shades of color and interest into the room.  

3. Add detail with a stud design

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Studs are a great way to add texture and detail to a headboard without going overboard. 

Creating a smart border around the edge of the headboard, metal studs further attract the eye towards the statement piece as well as introduce a metallic contrast to  the warm, rich textiles upholstery. 

Natalia suggests using metal elsewhere in your room – such as a on a statement mirror or lamp – for continuity and consistency. 

4. Scale-up your headboard

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For a larger room, Natalia adds definition and interest with an oversized headboard.

'Proportion is so important; I like to use large-scale furniture as it makes a space seem bigger and more luxurious,’ she says. ‘The key is to choose carefully.'

With a very large headboard, it is important not to overcrowd the room. The designer suggests choosing slim metallic shelving, folding stools and small, neutral colored chairs to ensure the bed is the central focus.