The country decorator – decorative headboards

Get creative with statement fabrics, mirrors and salvage to add a unique twist to your bedroom.

1 Floral punch

Create a focal point by reupholstering a plain fabric headboard with a fresh and bright floral design. In a modern country home, this bold Red Tulipspattern, £39 per m for linen and £42 per m for velvet, from the Artbookcollection by Kim Parker at Clarke & Clarke, will inject a vibrant splash of welcome colour to a neutral scheme. The statement design is inspired by the Arts & Crafts and Bloomsbury movements, which were influenced by traditional handicrafts and a love of the simple things in life.

2 Design detail

An old wooden room divider that has seen better days can be easily transformed with a coat of paint to complement a room’s colour scheme, adding effortless country cottage charm when used as a headboard in apared-back bedroom scheme. The paneled design and decorative featureswill also help to add architectural details to a plain room that may be in need of a traditional focus. Bedlinen, from £25 for a double; Authentic By the Shore cushion, £14, all by Sainsbury’s.

3 Tapestry tales

Add instant grandeur to your bedroom by framing your bed with a dramatic fabric panel hung from a curtain rail, recreating the look and feel of an antique tapestry. Originally used as decorative wall coverings in churches, palaces and castles, tapestries usually depicted scenes from the Bible,mythological images and hunting, and were often hung behind a throne as a symbol of authority. Choose a traditional fabric with a large-scale design thatwill create impact and make bedtime feel like a special occasion.

4 Weather worn wood

Weathered by the elements, driftwood or old planks washed up on the beachare the ideal materials to create a unique headboard design. Secure them to the wall at various heights to form an eye-catching arrangement that allowsthe unusual decorative patterns and natural textures of the wood to be displayed. Tie the scheme together with contrasting textured wallpaper and fabrics in organic shades. Wallpaper in Poetica Drift Texture 110574, £48 per roll; cushions from the Fauvisimo collection, from £36 per m, bothHarlequin.

5 Creative wallpaper

Experimenting with wallpaper can result in some interesting and creative ideas. ‘Try wallpapering a headboard design directly onto the wall,’ suggests Charlotte Cosby, Head of Creative at Farrow & Ball. ‘It’s a wonderful way to create a piece of art in a master bedroom. Choose an outline for your headboard that will complement the design of your bedroom and yourchosen wallpaper, we’ve used Silvergate BP852, £112 per roll, for an elegant feel.’

7 Curated carvings

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Mix and match beautifully carved decorative wall panels for a striking alternative to a conventional headboard. The different patterns will add detail to a room and create a unique 3D mosaic effect. The intricate carvings can be enhanced with a coat of distressed white paint, adding a shabby chic feel that works well in a country setting teamed with vintage bedlinen, embroidered textiles and a pile of cosy cushions. Try Nordic House for similar carved wall panels, £25 each.

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