Unexpected Headboard Designs for Decor Risk-Takers

Lindsey Mather

The focal point in your bedroom is likely your bed frame, the biggest piece of furniture in the space that the rest of the room revolves around. Therefore, it better live up to that attention—or more specifically, the headboard should live up to it. There are plenty of quietly handsome wood designs and simple upholstered pieces to be found, but the most memorable headboards are the ones that push the envelope. Think oversize, asymmetrical, and three-dimensional. Or what about pieces that hang or jut out, or aren't even attached to the bed at all?

You're likely spending much of your life in bed, so why not invest in that part of your dwelling. Read on for some of the most unexpected (and utterly stylish) looks for your headboard.

Photo: Simon Upton

Try not to stare at this Hong Kong bedroom's puffy, color-blocked headboard. Designer Mattia Bonetti positioned the bespoke bed within a swath of orange lacquer and padded the headboard with the same gray leather used for the bedspread.

Decorator Kelly Behun designed this huge geometric headboard, crafted of bleached oak and channel-tufted mohair, then placed the bed off to one side. Big empty wall, handled.

Photo: Rachel Chudley / House & Garden UK

Interior designer Rachel Chudley designed her velvet headboard with inspiration from the thin, painted sheet metal leaves of the French toleware lights beside the bed. Clearly, she was having fun with that extravagant orange-red velvet.

Blogger Ashley Muir Bruhn and her husband, Aron, hauled a massive slab of hardwood back home from Bali and made it their headboard. All-white linens keep your eyes on the world's best travel souvenir.

Photo: Romain Ricard

You can look to designer Dorothée Meilichzon for the amazing decor at Hotel Panache in Paris. The headboards are a custom design in cane and bent lacquered steel that is very Art Nouveau glam.

Photo: Urban Outfitters

Give the essence of a headboard with a giant, oversize bamboo fan. Plus, the accordion-pleated construction can fold up and make for easy moving.

Play with negative space and use an antique mantel, chipped paint and all, to frame your bed, as shown in this romantic space.

With your choice of rings, hooks, or bars for hanging, these By Thornam designs are very good for constant bedroom updates. The leather pieces are classic with a little edge.

Photo: Tessa Neustadt for Emily Henderson

Wavy gravy! Emily Henderson's bed frame, in all its blue marbled glory, is a showstopper. This is the way to do pink and blue.

A velvet emerald green headboard could enter old-fashioned territory, but here, linear channel tufting gives it a modern twist.

Photo: Kara Rosenlund / Halcyon House

A case for not holding back, this look comes from the Halcyon House, a 21-room luxury hotel in Australia. If you love multiple patterns, don't be afraid to let them all shine.

Photo: Michael Moran

Monochromatic doesn't have to mean boring. In architect Anthony Montalto's midtown Manhattan apartment, the bedroom features an asymmetrical black headboard that breaks up the simple white wall.

Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest