Yoshi Tsukiko Bedroom Headboard May 22nd, 2018 - 10:05:07
Fireplace surround. Another item to repurpose as a headboard and one that’s even more unexpected than vintage shutters is a fireplace mantle. If you’re lucky you’ll score an oversized unit from some old Victorian mansion into whose recesses a bed fits just perfectly. If you really love the idea but can’t find an antique model to accommodate a king-size bed you could always have one made by a carpenter to fit your mattress’ exact dimensions. This romantic Los Angeles bedroom shows off the best of both worlds with a traditional tufted headboard fitted inside the surround.
Add a mirrored border. This lavish custom headboard has a bit of a 1930s Hollywood boudoir look to it; don’t you think? You can almost picture Jean Harlow or Carole Lombard padding about the room in a silky robe and high-heeled slippers. But back to the headboard: This design is more than just Tinseltown glamorous. The built-in mirror bounces light from the windows around the room and plays with spatial perception as it appears to offer a glimpse of another room behind it fooling the eye into seeing a far larger space than is there. This idea could work wonders in a compact or dark room as well as one needing a little stardust.
Divide store and conquer. This headboard houses lights shelves and drawers but look behind the bed to see its other purpose. Pretty ingeniously this headboard doubles as a low room divider. The area behind the bed is almost a walk-in wardrobe and allows the bed to remain pointing at the windows. There’s just enough room here to open the wardrobe doors but sliding doors would work in a tighter space.
Electric art. Here’s another way to include your alternative headboard in your bedroom’s lighting design. This rectangular shape has the familiarity of a conventional headboard but the multiple glowing lights are a clever twist. A neon sign mounted above the bed would provide a similar effect.
Headboard history. The pictorial history of the headboard starts with the Egyptian pharaohs. Headboards carved in ebony silver and gold (clearly more for show than comfort) are depicted in many early drawings. Next were the Greeks and Romans. More practical in their approach they designed a basic wooden platform with a headboard to protect themselves from cold drafts. The headboard allowed them to eat and even socialize around the bed making the bedroom the main entertaining area in the home.
There’s no doubt that adding a headboard to a bed will boost the impact of the natural centerpiece of a bedroom design. Make it a patterned version and the effect is even bigger. Floral or geometric small- or large-scale the prints make these headboards’ presence felt in all the right ways.