In the right headspace: how to choose the best feature headboard

Make a headboard the highlight of your bedroom scheme with these standout designs

In the right headspace: how to choose the best feature headboard

If you’re looking to achieve a luxury hotel vibe in your bedroom, a beautiful feature headboard may be what you’re looking for. This handy guide will help you choose which headboard style is right for your interior scheme.

Decorative headboards

With the wane of the feature wall as a design crutch in our homes, bedheads have enjoyed a renaissance in decorative detailing during recent years. Interior designers such as Kit Kemp have revived elaborate headboards that make the bed the undeniable focal point in a room.

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In the right headspace: how to choose the best feature headboard
COLOUR ALCHEMY Above The Alice headboard, £1,800 from KD Loves, balances out the decorative shape of the headboard and traditional tacking details with fresh and contemporary fabric designs created by Bethie Tricks. A modern twist on a classic design.

Prettier, more ornate styles hark back to a period of grandeur, something that’s echoed with intricately designed borders and trims. However, it’s the use of on-trend and invigorating colours that give this style a contemporary lift.

In the right headspace: how to choose the best feature headboard
JEWEL IN THE CROWN The majestic Chloe headboard from Andrew Martin stands at six feet tall, providing throne-like grandeur to your sleeping quarters. Shown here in Iznik Cobalt with piping in Pelham Cerulean, it is priced from £1,175

This look also employs pattern to double down on ostentatious style, with large-scale prints and ornamental motifs ensuring that the headboard is dominant in the scheme, no matter how richly the bed is dressed.

In the right headspace: how to choose the best feature headboard
FAN BASE Hand carved from mango wood and painted grey/green, this less-than-subtle Palmette headboard offers a different way to make a statement with the bedhead. Priced from £1,195, Oka

Textured and tactile headboards 

Deeply padded headboards are an easy way to set up a plush, comfortable scene in your bedroom. More than just offering you an exciting range of textures to choose from, you can also explore options within the upholstery detailing.

In the right headspace: how to choose the best feature headboard
SMART CASUAL Recreating the look of layered cushions but in a structured headboard form, the Madame C from Bonaldo offers a controlled version of a relaxed bedroom style. Priced from £2,661, Go Modern

Buttoned styles are perennially popular in both modern and traditional schemes, but fluted styles are also making waves in the design world.

In the right headspace: how to choose the best feature headboard
SHELL SUITE Scalloped edges reminiscent of the Art Deco period are proving popular in interiors lately. The Ariel bed, from £2,095 from Sweetpea & Willow, is handmade in London in your choice of fabric

Whatever the look, each helps contribute another dimension to your bedroom scheme. If you can’t find the bedhead of your dreams, find your fabric and enlist the help of a professional upholsterer. It’s easier than you think to commission a bespoke design.

In the right headspace: how to choose the best feature headboard
HANG BACK The soft leather used to create By Thornam’s M headboard will age naturally over time, while the hanging detailing is an interesting decorative idea. From around £1,252

Oversized headboards

If your bedroom has lofty ceilings or a generous square footage, it will demand a headboard design that commands the space and helps balance the proportions of the room in question.

In the right headspace: how to choose the best feature headboard
LIP SERVICE A bespoke bed frame, created by interior designer Kelly Wearstler and featured
in her new book Evocative Style (£42, Rizzoli), demands attention in this bedroom, with the curved lip corners kicking out into the wider space

Beds are, generally, only available in a select range of standard sizes, so unless you commission a bespoke frame and mattress, you’re unlikely to have a bed larger than a super-king in width and depth.

In the right headspace: how to choose the best feature headboard
THE BIG BLUE Set within a stylish Surrey home designed by London Projects, a frame with inset upholstered panels doubles up as an expansive headboard and statement wall covering. Pools of light either side add a sense of opulence
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However, extending the dimensions of the headboard upwards or outwards allows you to control how the bed finds its footing in the space, allowing it to feel as large and central to the design as you need it to be. Alternatively, you could opt for a bed head with a statement design – a big space will give a quirky piece the breathing room it needs to reach its full potential.

In the right headspace: how to choose the best feature headboard
LIGHTBULB MOMENT Lights and switches have been installed directly into this oversized bespoke headboard, keeping control of the lighting scheme close at hand. Flooring in Champagne by Havwoods (£39.95 per sq. m) acts as a neutral stage