The bed makes the bedroom, and the headboard makes the bed. In short, a bedroom always ends up being about the headboard. Luckily, a headboard is probably the easiest piece of furniture to fake. I've created the look of a headboard using folding screens, doors, large scale art, fabric panels....the list is almost endless. Unless a client has a really large budget (and that does not happen often) and/or is in love with a particular bed, I usually try to conjure up a bed with smoke and mirrors and save the cash for upgraded bedding or fantastic night stands.
|This is a headboard I made from painting bifold closet doors and mounting them directly on wall.|
|My kitchen door turned into a headboard. (i have better photos of the door, but I couldn't resist posting a pic of Cleopatra.|
|Before I re-did the bedroom, a large piece of art substituted for a dramatic headboard. The one I had at the time could barely be seen behind the pillows.|
I've long been a fan of Jenny Komenda of Little Green Notebook and her DIY projects, especially her headboards, and in particular, her diamond tufted headboard. (Click here for her tutorial)
|DIY diamond tufted headboard by Jenny Komenda of Little Green Notebook|
Recently, I helped my sister on a quick fluff of her bedroom. She still liked her yellow walls, but wanted to incorporate some blue/greens, and in general, jazz things up, but on a tight budget, both of money and time. We picked up some new lamp shades, a great new quilt, and some fun giclees for over the bed, but we still didn't have a headboard. I immediately thought that an upholstered headboard would be fun, and thought of the great tutorial at Little Green Notebook, but I didn't have the time.
|New lampshades, quilt, and throw pillow, but something's still missing. (Please ignore suitcase. I don't know how I didn't notice.)|
Then it hit me. Why not paint it on? Using a photo of real diamond tufted headboard as a model, I painted one directly onto the wall.
|I started with an outline drawn with a level.|
|I taped off, and brushed on a couple of coats of paint. Using Jenny's headboard as a template, I used quarters to draw on the "buttons" in a diamond pattern. I then added highlights and shadows to suggest 3D.|
|I finished with drawing in the diamond "pleating" between the tufts, again referencing the photo of an actual headboard.|
|The art went back up, now grounded by the headboard|
Adding blue/green to the room, check. Adding instant interest, check. Giving the bed wall the focus that only a headboard can bring, check. Not bad for a quart of paint and two hours. I wish decorating could always be that cheap and easy.
|I love those lamp shades. In person, they're a perfect match for the wall paint.|