Buying a Headboard
Since the bed tends to the natural focal point of any bedroom suite, when shopping for a headboard, you will want to select one that will fit in with your existing decor yet give your bedroom a new, updated appearance. And purchasing the headboard alone will give the bed a more open feel. There are many styles and types to choose from and this article will outline what to look for when shopping for one.
When buying a headboard, make sure that it will match your existing bed frame or the size of mattress you intend to purchase. A twin bed will need a twin headboard and so forth. However, some manufacturers will offer headboards that can be used for both full and queen sized beds or for both queen and king sized beds. Should you purchase one that can accommodate different mattress sizes, keep in mind that there will be a slight gap.
Take into account how much floor and closet space is available. If your bedroom is smaller, consider buying a bookcase headboard or one that includes hidden storage. As well, they do not have to hold just books. The shelves can hold items a nightstand might be typically used for, eliminating the need for more than one nightstand and thereby making the room look larger.
We tend to think of most bedroom furnishings as being neutral, but selecting the wrong color of headboard can clash with your existing color scheme. To avoid having to repaint your room or buy new curtains, make sure that your new headboard will blend in with the colors currently in the room.
The headboard will set the tone of your bedroom. For a relaxed, comfortable look, select a style that features clean lines, open slats or soft curves in a light or medium wood finish. To create an ultra-modern look, select one made of metal that makes use of asymmetrical or geometric form. Modern and contemporary styles are characterized by the use of light finishes, light to medium woods like ash, pine and oak, metals and space age materials.
A traditional style headboard is typically made of wood or a combination of wood and metal.
For a dramatic eye-catching effect, the taller the headboard, the more it will dominate the room, especially if it has posts or is a specific style such as the curvaceous sleigh bed. Traditional headboards encompass a broad range of time periods, but generally characterized by carvings, leaf or scroll motifs, and stylized architectural details like ornate moldings.
When choosing a style, consider the current elements of your bedroom suite as well as your personal likes and what makes you feel comfortable. Whether you select traditional, country, modern, contemporary or transitional, height and scale of the headboard should not only fit the size of the bedroom but should also match the style of headboard.
The above is a general guideline on how to select the ideal headboard for your bedroom suite. With this in mind, you should have all the necessary tools for you to make an informed decision the next time you are shopping for a headboard.