Nontraditional Headboards


In a bedroom, the bed and the headboard are always the main focal point.  While there are many beautiful traditional headboard options available, there are also many nontraditional, DIY, and creative options.  If you’re looking for a way to spruce up your master bedroom, a guest room, or a kid’s room, check out these ideas for inspiration. Have you ever thought of painting a headboard directly on the wall?  Pick up the sample size from any paint store and this is probably the least expensive headboard you will ever create.  Choose a fun, bright color for a kid’s room, or a more subdued tone for a guest room and accessorize with fun pillows to complete the look.

painted headboard

painted headboard

If you don’t want to paint, but need to stay economical with your selection, consider a wall decal headboard.   These are also available in several colors and styles, and they can easily be changed or switched when you’re ready for a new look.

wall decal headboards

pink decal / gray decal

Folding screens are a great item to repurpose as a headboard.  They can often be found at antique and consignment stores, or even garden centers.  Be sure to think creatively when selecting a screen – they can be used ‘as is’, but don’t be afraid to paint it or use it horizontally for an unexpected effect.

folding screen headboard

wooden folding screen headboard

folding screen headboard

yellow vines folding screen headboard

folding screen headboard

turquoise horizontal folding screen headboard

If you can’t find a folding screen check a local home décor store like Pier 1, Home Goods, or Hobby Lobby for other decorative features that could be hung in a similar way.

metal scroll headboard

metal vines headboard

Another way to create a big impact with your headboard is to find a fun wallpaper or fabric and frame it out with molding.  If you choose a bright or busy pattern, keep the pillows and bedding simple so that they don’t compete with the headboard.

wallpaper headboard

wallpaper headboard

Using a mantel not only gives you the look of a headboard, but it also provides a functional shelf for frames or other décor.  To bring more interest and softness to the piece, add a custom tufted cushion.

mantel headboards

mantel & cushion / rustic mantel

Mantels aren’t the only things that can be repurposed as headboards.  Old windows or shutters can be used to create a rustic look.  You can also customize them with paint or by filling the panes or panels with fabric.

shutter & window headboards

windowpane headboard / shutters headboard

If you’re feeling especially crafty, you can build your own headboard with wood.  Use a ‘x’ detail to give the piece a barn door feeling, or paint it to coordinate with pillows and fabric already in the room.

wood headboards

rustic wood headboard / turquoise headboard

If you’re looking for or are planning to make a nontraditional headboard, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  1.  Know the width of your mattress.  You do not want to purchase a headboard that is too wide or not wide enough for your space.  The headboard should be at least as wide as the mattress.
  2. Keep the style of your room in mind.  If your bedroom is elegant and feminine, a pair of rustic shutters is probably not the best choice for that space.
  3. Be creative.  If you find a piece you love there is always a way to make it work!

º Do you have a traditional or non-traditional headboard in your bedroom?

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Last week, I talked about mixing and matching fabrics to create one-of-a-kind rooms. This week, I want to share a fabulous resource with you: Spoonflower.

Spoonflower logo

Spoonflower is a website where you can buy fabric.  They have thousands of prints to choose from in all colors.  That is just the beginning though! The best part of Spoonflower is that if you cannot find exactly what you are looking for from their inventory, you can create your own fabric and have them print it for you!

A Wise Old Bookend

A wise old bookend by Addilou

Their prices start at just $18 / yard, and they have 9 different fabric types to choose from.

Medallions in Mushroom

Medallions in mushroom by Katphillipsdesigns

Spoonflower has a wide variety of colors and patterns ~ from toile:

Blue Willow Toile

Blue willow toile by Juliamonroe

to chevron:

French Linen ZigZag Chevron

French linen zigzag chevron by Kristopherk

to elephants:

Ellie's elephant friends fabric

Ellie's elephant friends by Littlebdesigns

Spoonflower is based in Raleigh, NC and all of the fabric is digitally printed in Raleigh by their employees.

The digital printing method they use to print the fabrics is eco-friendly and uses water-based inks on natural fiber textiles.


Waves aqua linen by Holli zollinger

I recently ordered a swatch of this blue and white fabric to see if it would coordinate with our peacock blue dining room make-over.

Moorish Tile - Peacock

Moorish tile - peacock by Honey&fitz

I was hoping to use it in the family room as pillows to pull the peacock blue into that room. The blue, though, is more turquoise than peacock, so I'm going to keep looking.

Here are a few other fabrics I saw while exploring their website.

Lotsa Bots

Lotsa bots by Dianarich
Simple Summer
Simple summer by Melissamelissa


White blues and greens plaid by Pearginger

They even have patterns that you can order and sew yourself.

Geeky Owl Bag - PINK! - KONA version

Geeky owl bag by Happysewlucky

I'm excited to have found Spoonflower and have enjoyed looking at all of their fun fabrics.  Who knows, maybe I'll even submit my own design!

On a side note, we've begun to paint our family room and dining room.  Here are the colors we chose:

dining room & family room paint colors ~ tan & peacock blues

Benjamin Moore: Berber White 955, Blue Allure 771, I've Got the Blues 774, & Bermuda Blue 2061-30

We also ordered our stencil for the dining room.  Here are the 2 we were deciding between:

RDS Chez Ali & Acanthus Trellis stencilsWe chose......................................................................... #1!

I'll share more photos and updates as we make progress.

º Are you freshening any rooms in your house with a new paint color?

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Fun With Fabrics

The right mix of fabrics can take a room from ordinary to extraordinary. sarahs-cottage-guestroom-west-image1

Sarah Richardson

When designing a room, I start by thinking about 3 things:

  1. the function of the room
  2. the feeling the room should convey – casual, elegant, sophisticated, relaxed, etc.
  3. the color scheme

Once these items are determined, I find my design inspiration through fabrics and let the room evolve from there.  I love to mix and match fabrics to create the perfect combination for the room.  Depending on the room, there can be anywhere from 3-4 fabrics, all the way up to 10-12 fabrics.

I recently helped my mom choose fabrics for their family room.

blue fabric combo

She knew she wanted to use shades of blue in the room to play off the blue and yellow color scheme she has in the adjoining kitchen.  We both fell in love with the beautiful floral embroidered fabric and used that as our starting point.  From there, we chose a polka dot, a stripe, and a French blue chenille.

blue fabric combo

We determined where to use each fabric based on their patterns and durability.

Chenille ~ settee & banding on window valances Stripe ~ window valances Floral ~ pillows Polka dot ~ side chair & pillows

The fabrics coordinate perfectly with their neutral couch and soft wall color.  By updating a few pieces in the room with beautiful fabrics, we were able to refresh the space and give them a room they love!

To put together a few more fabric combinations, I headed to the Designers Market (a wholesale showroom to the trade) for their wide selection of fabrics.

The first combination:

purple fabric combination

I always pick one fabric to be the starting point.  In this combination, the striped fabric caught my eye.  I (of course ;)! ) was drawn to the purple in the color palate, but the other colors, and the stripe pattern keep it from feeling too feminine.

After choosing the striped fabric, I wanted to find fabrics that would pull in the colors of the pattern.  The paisley fabric was the perfect, soft shade of yellow to coordinate with the stripes.  Next, I found the purple geometric pattern, and completing the combination is a solid purple glazed linen.

purple fabric combination

Now, you might be thinking: “These are pretty, but how would I use them?”

A perfect location for this combination would be a sunroom.

Stripes ~ pillows & banding on window treatments Yellow Paisley ~ window treatments Purple Geometric ~ 2 chairs Purple Glazed Linen ~ upholstered ottoman / coffee table

Add a neutral couch and a light aqua color on the walls, and voilà , a cheerful sunroom!

For the next combination, I wanted to create an elegant and neutral palate.

neutral fabric combo

I started with the taupe and cream damask print (bottom right).  The embroidery on this fabric was absolutely beautiful!  To complement the damask, I chose the cream and taupe scalloped design.  Next, I found a silk stripe to balance the two embroidered prints.  As an unexpected touch to round out the combination, I chose a shimmery cream fabric, with a subtle geometric texture.

neutral fabric combo

Although neutral, this combination of fabrics is anything but boring!  I envision this as an elegant and sophisticated dining room, yet one that is chic and timeless.

Damask ~ backs of host and hostess chairs, and framed as artwork Scallop ~ backs of side chairs Stripes ~ floor length window panels Geometric ~ fronts & seats of chairs, and a runner for a buffet

A neutral wall color and a lovely chandelier would complete this stylish dining room.

For the last combination, I wanted to choose fabrics that could be used in a child’s room.

Modern Colors colorful fabric combo

I first saw the striped fabric and liked the modern color palate.  The white and coral lattice work fabric brings in a bigger scale to the combination.  The lime green dotted ikat print is fun and playful.  Lastly, the blue and tan mini chevron pattern adds a touch of sophistication.

Modern Colors colorful fabric combo

This combination of fabrics could be used for a boy or a girl, and would grow with the child from infancy through the teenage years.

Stripes ~ bean bag chair & pillows Lattice ~ window treatments Ikat ~ upholstered headboard Chevron ~ seat for a desk chair & pillows

Painted furniture and a fun rug would make any child happy with this room!

When working with fabrics it is important to keep in mind the scale of the pattern, what the fabric is made of, and the texture of the fabric.  Creating a unique mix of fabrics will make your room beautiful and memorable.   Start with a pattern you love and grow your palate from there.

If you don’t know where to start, or get stuck in the process, call me to help you create a room that you will love!

(All fabrics are available to the trade from the Designers Market.)

º What is your favorite fabric combination from the 4 above? º Do you have a fabric in your home that you love & created a room around?

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