Turn a bookcase into a headboard. Jo Torrijos, a blogger from Atlanta, transformed a freebie bookcase from a friend into a functional and fashionable headboard in this bedroom. “Since I need room to store books, magazines and styling props, using this as a headboard provides plenty of storage and also doubles as nightstands where I can place a pair of lamps and any other bedside necessities,” says Torrijos.
Pad a headboard - It’s a classic hotel device, and an instant signifier of the height of luxury, but a padded headboard doesn’t have to cost a fortune. If you’re feeling crafty, you can make your own: at its most basic, all you need is some cut-to-size foam, the right amount of MDF or plywood, screws, a staple gun and the fabric of your choice.
Designer Erinn Valencich injects a big dose of style with a one-of-a-kind headboard she designed. "Having a custom headboard made is often cheaper than purchasing one readymade," Erinn says. She also designed the bedding based on a high-end pattern her client fell in love with. She says, "The fabric was very expensive, so I used just a few yards of it on the duvet and shams. There are always ways to get creative with fabric."
The headboard and pillows are custom upholstered with fabrics that were carefully selected to create a modern twist on this rustic retreat – and the metallic wallpaper behind is a dark but reflective statement, which plays with the light in the room, without taking away from the regal style.
Anchoring the guest bedroom design, a sculptural adornment above the bed is a statement piece that ties the room together. “We found that on the island," says interior designer Linda Woodrum. "It was an old piece that was signage for something and we just bought it impulsively."