Put art be­hind you

The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - THE DECORATOR - ANNA CALD­WEL L

Chal­lenge – con­sider the head­board be­hind your bed a piece of art. Is it some­thing that’s wor­thy of tak­ing up such a big piece of space on a bed­room wall, or is it dull and fea­ture­less?

The space be­hind your bed is so of­ten over­looked, but it’s a spot of enor­mous po­ten­tial when it comes to dec­o­rat­ing a bed­room. It’s the very first thing peo­ple see when they walk in – it’s as im­por­tant as any bed­ding you choose, or the art you hang on the wall. So why not make sure it re­ally sings?

From choos­ing to buy a bed with a head­board that is re­ally some­thing to mak­ing your own from a plank of chip­board, the pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less. This head­board ( pic­tured) uses sig­na­ture art­work ex­clu­sively de­signed for home­wares store Mexsii and hand­crafted in Mel­bourne. Ti­tled Glacier, it packs so much punch it could be a piece of art on its own.

But if spend­ing a slice of your pay cheque on a de­signer head­board isn’t for you, there are other op­tions. Try mak­ing your own. All you need is a plank of chip­board. Cover it in fab­ric wad­ding – also known as bat­ting – which you can pick up at any fab­ric store. This will give your bed­head a plump tex­ture, ready to be cov­ered in the fab­ric of your choice. A sta­ple gun will keep ev­ery­thing in place at the back, then en­sure your fab­ric is smoothed over at the front and mount your cre­ation be­hind the bed.

The fab­ric you choose can be the start­ing point for the rest of your room – tie it in with the bed skirt, or even a bed­room chair. For some­thing truly orig­i­nal, you could even paint your own ab­stract art­work on a fab­ric can­vas and wrap that around your chip­board base. It’s a DIY pro­ject that doesn’t take much time, but will pay off in spades.

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