Ditch Your Headboard

I've been contemplating different ways to make my bedroom unique ever since I spied The Frisky's round-up of faux headboards.
View the slideshow above for alternatives to your classic headboard.

My husband and I are currently renovating our master bedroom suite, and instead of dealing with a teeny bathroom, we've opted to cut into the size of our bedroom to create a larger, more integrated space. The plus side of the new arrangement is a massive bathroom, but the downside is a tinier bedroom.
Our four-poster bed will no longer work in the space, so I'd been brainstorming ways to incorporate a smaller headboard. Then, I had a lightning bulb moment, "Wait a second," I thought, "Why do I even need a headboard?" Sure, they're great for storage, aesthetic and reading in bed, but why not opt for a lighter look?

Here are some options:
- In lieu of a headboard, make your pillows sing with shams in a sweet print. To draw the eye upwards, a collage of prints and family gallery shines when hung against a bold paint color.

- A patterned wallpaper applied as an accent wall creates a bold visual impact. Meanwhile, decorative pillows give you a comfy place to rest your back -- while reading all of those romance novels, of course!

- Opt for statement lighting as your focal point, rather than a bulky headboard. For storage, try a few floating shelves where a headboard would be, painting them the same shade as the wall. The key here is to blend, not accent!

- Draw your eye to a collage of gallery mounted as a shapely heart (or another fun design) above the bed. For storage, try a simple bookshelf behind your pillows. To keep the look from going overboard, pair the photo montage with white walls and simple sheets -- a bedroom should be soothing, not distracting.

Go ahead, kick that headboard to the curb. And check out the slideshow above for examples of great headboard-less looks!

Photo Credit: Sweet Home Style

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