12 above the bed decor ideas that will fill that negative space instantly

2. Create your own sun

Add glamour with this starburst wall decor that will add some sunshine to your space. Wayfair's gold sunburst wall decor is a good match and reminiscent of Art Deco era which was all about gold elements with lustrous finishes. You can hang three in a row for extra impact or simply place one in the middle of the space. 

The gold finish works really well with coral tones and the amber glass lamp base ties in the color perfectly.

(Jessica Lagrange Interiors)
1. Opt for double use

We're all for double usage here, and this rattan bookshelf ticks all the boxes as Trish Lynn, founder and principal designer at Colette Interiors explains:

'It adds dimension and texture to this over-bed area, plus it's a welcome place to set books and décor.'

For a design scheme to work, it needs key elements like color and texture, and a shelf made from rattan will certainly offer both. Don't overload it with clutter, keep it simple with a couple of books, a scented candle, and a small trailing plant. 

For a similar look check out H&M Home's rattan wall shelf.

(Colette Interiors/@raquellangworthy.photo)
3. Make your wall decor into a storage space

When space is tight and there's no room for a shelving unit, make the most of your above bed space and add a decorative aspect as well as a place to store your favorite pieces. 

This is where bedroom shelf come in. IKEA's Eket boxes are ideal for this, you can hand them in different combinations, paint them to suit your scheme and use the top of them as a shelf as well as the interior – what's not to like? 

4. Add wall lights to the mix

'The bed is the focal point of any bedroom, and the area above is the perfect spot for artwork and wall lights. For maximum impact, opt for larger pieces of art over the bed, this elevates the room and brings the entire scheme together.'

'If you’re stuck for what color or design to opt for, take this opportunity to pull in an accent color. Whether that’s black used in the furniture or a color from the soft furnishings, sticking to this rule will make the room flow and feel cohesive. 

Wall lights make a great alternative to table lamps as they free up the space while creating symmetry and balance. Swingarm wall lights are both decorative and functional, the extendable fixture works for directing light while you’re reading or can be swiveled to the side for a soft ambient glow,' say Jen and Mar, co-founders of Interior Fox. 

(Interior Fox/Veronica Rodriguez)
5. Consider personal pieces

'There's nothing more perfect than hanging above the bed wall decor pieces that resonate with you. They could be from a special family trip, an heirloom or simply a paint palette like this one shown here.'

Choose something that means the most to you – a passed-down tapestry that you could have framed is another great example. 

6. Hang linear artwork in pairs

The artwork in this bedroom designed by Lindye Galloway really stands out. The black frames draw your eye to that magic spot between the headboard and picture rail. The design has a linear quality which is reflected in the foliage stems sitting in the vases. 

Keep the colors simple so as not to distract – this look is about balance and earthy natural elements working together.

(Lindye Galloway Studio + Shop)
7. Get creative with shallow rattan bowls

This is a great above the bed decor idea, if fact it's almost two if you consider the eggplant, gray and white paint design as well! These large rattan bowls really create impact visually, if you want to copy this idea then opt for even numbers – a stylist tip – and vary the sizes. 

Amazon have rattan woven basket wall decor which would work in a bedroom, living room or dining room. Make sure what you choose will work with your color scheme, if you're on a budget then source round rattan or seagrass placemats, they will do the job nicely too.

8. Hang your favorite flags

The beauty of choosing above the bed decor is that it's totally personal and can reflect what you love the most. It could be a collection of favorite flags – they create an interesting shape when placed in pairs and certainly aid to fill negative white space. 

You can tie them in visually by pulling through the colors into the rest of the scheme, here the black of the flags becomes an accent with the headboard, table lamp and mirror.

(Lindye Galloway Studio + Shop)
9. Wood carvings add texture

In this room the space between the headboard and ceiling is very narrow due to the downlights – which of course have their use, and a very good one at that – so this means you need to consider the shape of what you choose carefully and this wood carving is perfect. 

'We like to use something sculptural – like a wood carving that brings some texture and dimensionality to your space,' says Mark Lavender, principal designer of M. Lavender Interiors.

(M. Lavender Interiors/Cynthia Lynn)
10. The classic mirror

One of the most obvious ways to fill that space is to hang a mirror, yet it's not always something we consider, especially if we've chosen a beautiful wallpaper on that wall. 

There are several bonuses to using a mirror, it can make a room feel larger and it will bounce light around in darker spaces. Choosing the right shape is key, here, this circular design really hits the mark as the wallpaper design is has a curvy feel which is mimicked in the mirror. A square or rectangular mirror would look too angular to the eye. 

Don't forget to hang your mirror correctly, even the most tricky and heavy! For a similar style see Anthropologie's Rowan mirror. 

(Maestri Studio/Par Bengtsson)
11. Invest in an elegant canopy

There's something very 'Downton Abbey' about a canopy above the bed isn't there, and it brings a wonderful elegance to a bedroom. If you love DIY it's possible to make a no-sew canopy or ask a seamstress to make one in your favorite fabrics to match your scheme. They are the ultimate in above-the-bed decor ideas and add depth and decoration when crafted using a darker fabric inside. 

Follow the color scheme through into the window drapes and pick out key tones for the decorative accessories, which in this case are the pretty floral quilt and matching bed pillows. 

(Mary Patton Design/Molly Culver)
12. Place your bed in front of the window

For the ultimate in above the bed decor ideas position your bed in front of the window, sounds like a simple solution – and it really is. Naturally, it depends on the size, shape, and position of the window, but it's a great interior design trick that can work wonders. 

In an ideal situation, the width of the bed will match the width of the drapes, but as long it's symmetrical to the window it will work visually. In a neutral bedroom scheme let the bed be the focal point and the window secondary, as the result is a really calming scheme that's swathed in natural light. 

(Mel Bean Interiors/Laurey Glenn)

Love a decorative feel? Above the bed decor can be the most perfect finishing touch for your bedroom. Get it right with these top tips