If chosen properly, a modern headboard can be a functional and highly aesthetic addition to your bed and bedroom. The bedroom is a place for relaxing and dreaming; a place of momentary respite from the trials of the day. Because it is such an important part of your daily routine, your room should make you feel as comfortable as possible. And in order to do this effectively, it must not only be functional, but stylish. While the overall decor of your room is important in conveying your style, you should pay special attention to your bed. After all, the bed is often the grand centerpiece of a well-decorated bedroom. For many people, the headboard is the first element that visitors see when they walk into their bedroom. It is as important in conveying your style as the paint scheme is. What do you want your choice in headboard to say about you? About your taste and personality? From elegant and classy to colorful and wacky, your dream headboard is only limited by your budget and your imagination. To help you discover the type of headboard that's perfect for you, consider the following ideas in modern headboards.
Although a common motif in many modern bedrooms, the upholstered headboard can be a unique way to showcase your bed. Any type of fabric that you can use to beautifully cover up couches or chairs can be used on the headboard: Satin, velvet, leather and suede, among others. Like seating, many upholstered headboards make use of tufting, where small buttons are placed onto the fabric in order to secure it. Tufting, if done correctly, enhances the overall aesthetic of the upholstery and can be done with a number of materials including metal and durable plastic.
An upholstered headboard is classy way to soften up the interior decor of your bedroom, and can even serve as a convenient type of seat backing for when you choose to sit up in bed. Available pre-made in all sorts of colors and fabrics, you should have no problem finding one that works for you. If you've got the craft-skills and the patience, you can even upholster a bare wooden or metal headboard on your own.
The modern wooden headboard is becoming increasingly common in bedrooms. Practical and stylish, wood is a favored material due to its functionality and versatility. Many designers, when planning for a wooden headboard, choose to incorporate it with the wall and the surrounding room. This positions the headboard behind the bed and spreading out to allow for additions. The possibilities for additions include extendable shelving, channels for hanging art, light fixtures and even built-in nightstands or desks. As far as the type of wood used, the overall milieu of the room should be taken into consideration when deciding on a wooden headboard. Darker woods, such as Teak, Black Walnut and Red Oak enhance the feeling of a stately English parlor or cozy cabin in the wilderness, while lighter woods like Maple or Whitewood can be used for rooms with more neutral tones.
For a more classic -- but still contemporary -- look, choose a wooden headboard with very basic, modular shapes. Unassuming, the basic wooden headboard does not usually stretch out too far along the wall, but maintains a quiet yet modern presence that manages to anchor the bed as a centerpiece in the room. This is a popular motif in many mid-twentieth century and Scandinavian designs. Elegant and functional, these more simple styles display a tasteful nod to minimalism while fostering an environment of contemplative serenity.
The classic metal-frame headboard need not be a staid relic of old-world stuffiness. When done correctly, a metal headboard can be a bold statement in modernity. Heavy, sturdy and made from a variety of materials, metal headboards give your bed a solid yet romantic presence in the room. And if romantic is not the direction that you are going in, stylistically, you're in luck, because the strategic use of a metal headboard can foster an industrial or even a futuristic vibe. But whether you want gilded elegance or no-nonsense, assertive practicality, metal remains a perfect choice for your headboard.
Before choosing one, ask yourself what types of metal ornamentation appeal to you. One idea is to acquire a wrought iron gate door and mount it to the wall behind your bed. If you can get a hold of decorative metal window panels, apply the same idea. Taking found metal parts and creatively fashioning a headboard out of them exhibits a unique and eclectic style that will certainly enhance your room.