Bedrooms are generally one of the most difficult rooms to decorate because of the tiny details that are needed to put together a finished look. The overall look of the the space is greatly affected by the size of the room. It is the one room in your home that you should pay special attention to because it is where you go to relax and escape from daily stress. One thing that is certain is that every bedroom should have some type of headboard whether it is wooden,upholstered, or some other style as this will anchor your bed. When determining which headboard style best fits your room, you need to ask yourself a couple of general questions.
1. Am I contemporary or traditional in style?
2. How do I want the headboard to function in the room?
Determining if you are contemporary or traditional in style
When deciding what headboard will work best for the room, these questions are important to consider because it will allow you to utilize the space as productively as possible. One difficult task that challenges many of us is determining if we like contemporary or traditional styles the best. Many individuals who are redecorating their interior space have a hard time with this because they are unsure of what “contemporary” or “traditional” even means. I have provided pictures below with a brief description to help envision how each style will change the look of the room!
When designing in a traditional style, a good rule of thumb is that traditional styles generally have more ornamental details than those that are contemporary. The picture shown above is a surface tufted headboard with a band and notched corners bordered with nail-heads. Although fabrics and patterns will determine how traditional this design can look, generally the more details in a design, the more it is considered traditional.
A current trend that is popular these days is tufting. Tufting traditionally began in the 17th century when furniture like the “Chesterfield Sofa” marked its presence. Since this time the look of a tuft has become more simplistic in form than the traditional versions that were either biscuit/square tufting or diamond tufts. When tufting originated, little buttons would hold the tufts in place, but with modern technology this look can be create without the button giving it a more modern look. Transitional looks are generally created by taking a traditional style and merging it with a more modern look.
Contemporary aesthetics generally call for minimalist qualities in the space. Common traits in contemporary styles are linear lines and less ornamental details. Many of the contemporary designs are lower to the ground giving them that sleek modern look. Not all contemporary designs are extra low, but the particular look shown above pulls from the lowness of asian aesthetics.
How functional is my Headboard?
For most of us, function is very important in any furniture piece that we decide to buy. Many of us like to read in bed before going to sleep, or will play soft music to help us relax. Since most of us need some sort of storage compartment for our things, we need a “side table” to hold them or a “hidden compartmental headboard” in which to place them. If you prefer to hide your items after using them, then most likely you would buy a headboard on the contemporary side ,which would offer moving, hidden compartments. These are usually made of wood and will generally not be an upholstered headboard. For those individuals that use side tables as a place to store items, upholstered headboards are a great way to give the room an inviting ambiance.
When deciding what fabric to use on a headboard, you generally want to choose something that will adapt to the room over time as your decor changes and still remain durable. You may not realize this but headboards get a lot of use especially for people who read at night or watch TV from their beds. When we lean up against our headboard we transfer oils from our skin and head into the fabric or leather. This will discolor the headboard over time. A good rule of thumb is to choose a fabric with a texture or a leather with a high finish on it. This will help hide soil stains in the headboard.
Another thing to consider when choosing fabric is pattern. As current trends start to change more frequently, you see the trendiest patterns becoming obsolete. By choosing a simplistic, solid fabric for your headboard, and using patterns for pillows and bedding, you allow your room to stay more versatile for longer periods of time. This will help keep the headboard as functional as possible for as long as you use it.
There are many things to consider when searching for any furniture piece. Determining your style is one of the hardest things that you need to decide. Once you determine that then everything else tends to fall into place more easily. Your bedroom is one place in your home where you want to feel peace and tranquility. When you enter you should feel a sense of calmness that will transform into a good night’s sleep. Spending extra time to make it that perfect getaway from everyday stress is well worth it!
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Written by: Erica Guajardo
Edited by: Linda Decuir