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A little something, something

I’ve been feeling ho-hum about my bedroom since I moved and I know I’m not the only one stuck in a rut when it comes to deciding what to put above the bed. Often when I see bedrooms in design magazines there is nothing on the wall above the headboard. I get that it isn’t necessary but sometimes you need a little something, something.

I’ve gone from a four foot high to a two and a half foot high headboard and the wall above is crying out for some kind of pretty filler. I decided to do some online searching for different ideas and here are some beautiful pictures.

I love a good starburst mirror and think they are gorgeous above the bed. It is one of the ideas I am considering for above my own headboard (my headboard is a similar shape to the one below, no soaring ceilings though).

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Or why not a cluster of them!

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Nothing wrong with the classics. Pictures above the bed:

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Or why not a little extra storage? Most of us need it after all.

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A graphic wallpaper is another idea I’m considering for behind my bed.

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Why not something a little zany? This is normally seen above a crib but I think it would be whimsical in a master bedroom (Allison, this is the crazy idea for above your bed, your wall colour has such joie de viver I thought, why not?)

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I also love the idea of layering a curtain behind a headboard. So romantic.

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Or as a replacement for a headboard. High impact, low cost. The one below is actually a shower curtain.

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Stenciling can be oh so ugly but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s a modern take on wall stenciling above the bed.

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Don’t want to pick up a paint brush? There are always stick ons.

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Pennant flags don’t have to be babyish (though the colour scheme below doesn’t exactly cry out, “master bedroom!”). I think that it could be pulled off in a more sophisticated manner.

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My take away thoughts on the matter? I’m still leaning towards wallpaper. Maybe wallpaper and a starburst mirror? I suppose it depends on how busy a pattern I choose.

Have anything creative above your bed? Feel free to post a picture in the comments section.

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DIY Upcycled Headboards

From a thrifty standpoint as well as an eco-friendly one, I am a big fan of re-purposing building materials and pieces of furniture. Not only is it often cheaper and better for the environment, these pieces also tend to add interest and texture to a room. After making my old headboard from a coffee table that we sawed the legs off of, (see Shebajoux Headboards) I became interested in what other things could be turned into one of a kind headboards. Here are some that I found:

Vintage door with upholstered panels. This is a similar look to the coffee headboard I made.

Vintage door with upholstered panels. This is a similar look to the coffee headboard I made.

Headboard made from old curtain and vintage picture frame

Headboard made from an old curtain and vintage picture frame

Headboard made from old shutters

Headboard made from old shutters

Headboard made from vintage fireplace mantel. Paint it if you want a more refined look.

Headboard made from vintage fireplace mantel. Paint it if you want a more refined look.

Headboard made of books! This would be perfect for my brother!

Headboard made of books! This would be perfect for my brother!

Headboard made from old wrought iron and sprayed red

Headboard made from old wrought iron and sprayed red

Headboard made from old oars.

Headboard made from old oars.

Headboard made of old doors.

Headboard made of old doors.

Headboard made form vintage windows

Headboard made from vintage windows

Headboard made from a collection of vintage frames.

Headboard made from a collection of vintage frames and shutters

Headboard made from old skis

Headboard made from old skis

Headboard made from molding and scrap wallpaper.

Headboard made from molding and scrap wallpaper.

Fancy a go? Here are some sources for materials in the Greater Vancouver Area:

Front Street Emporium: 617 Front Street, New Westminster, BC for all sorts of materials like vintage windows and doors.

Surrey New and Used Building Materials Inc. for iron gates, antique doors and windows.

Vancouver Timber services for reclaimed wood.

Demolition sites, Craig’s List, garage sales and even the side of the road are all good options too.

615 Front St., New Westminster, BC, Canada

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