Put art behind you
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.