Ideas for upholstered headboard projects include playing with color, shape, texture and finishing techniques. Tufts, decorative elements such as nailheads, and different fabric materials and patterns can enhance a mood or decor.
Choosing a headboard fabric the same shade as or a shade darker than the wall behind it creates subtlety. Use textured materials to make a neutrally colored headboard more interesting. For a design that stands out, choose boldly patterned fabric and pair it with a contrasting wall color. If the bedroom is wallpapered, choose a color or pattern that stands out and does not get lost in the decor.
Tufted headboards are very luxurious when they have thick padding and deep tufts. Curved and shaped headboards paired with velvet or silk fabric also add elegance. Use a taller headboard to create the illusion of a higher ceiling or to add a focal point. Fit a headboard between posts to include elements from a traditional poster bed.
Finish the headboard with nailhead trim so the headboard looks elegant and tailored. A double row of nailheads enhances a shaped headboard. When choosing nailheads, stand across the room to make sure they give the effect you want. In a neutral color such as silver or copper, nailheads can often unite the design elements.