Homes & Gardens
MAKING THE HEADBOARD COUNT
THIS FURNISHING is a real starting point to a bedroom; it’s a statement piece that you can take the rest of your design cues from.
What I love about a headboard
■ is that it’s an opportunity to really see the fabric; when you have a curtain it’s gathered and bunched up, or on a chair the fabric is often cut off and you can’t see the repeat. But on a headboard, the fabric is stretched out flat and can be up to 2m across, so it’s like a broad palette.
Our design studio loves textiles
■ and we’ve used everything for our headboards, from old headscarves and patchwork to found Indian or African pieces – or, of course, use your favourite fabric. A benefit is that because you don’t need too much of it, you can push the boat out with a more expensive choice.
Size really matters: we use a
■ high headboard, often around 1500mm tall, which gives a lot of drama to a room and makes it a statement piece. We pair our tall headboards with a higher bed – the bed is about 70cm high – so climbing up into it feels lovely and balances out visually.
We often have a valance
■ underneath our beds – as we value beds with extra storage – and so match the fabric with the headboard. We use straight valance with kick-pleat corners, which uses less material. It can also look stunning to match the curtains – but it’s not necessary. You can have a less expensive fabric, like a plain linen for the curtains. You can also pair the headboard with a footstool if you want something else in the room that uses very little fabric – they then talk to each other visually.
In our hotels, we love having
■ beautifully shaped headboards – waves or points. I call the different shapes after some of the people who have worked with me; I feel very fondly towards them all.
You absolutely can have a big
■ headboard in a small bedroom, in fact I love the tall pointy headboard on a little 3ft bed that we did recently up in an attic. It looked very Gothic and grand.
A canopy over the top of a bed,
■ along with a headboard, really ups the drama. It can look incredibly glamorous, even if you just have a white linen canopy with a headboard with slightly more pattern. It’s simple but powerful.
The devil is always in the
■ detail. Trims are a fantastic way of adding more glamour to the simplest scrim or linen. Also, large, spaced-out studding is a brilliant way of defining the line of the headboard. We might do a contrasting colour for the backing material which then peeps around the edge. It really captures the imagination. &