These unusual takes on the classic headboard are sure to shake up your bedroom decor.

Toby Barlow and Keira Alexandra enjoy a leisurely Alpine morning in bed in their Detroit high-rise home.

Originally a shield against poorly insulated walls, modern headboards are attention-grabbing details that anchor a bedroom. If you’re looking for options beyond the traditional wooden headboard, look no further than these unconventional options below.

A Wall-Mounted, Molded Headboard

A typical headboard protrudes from the wall, providing a place to comfortably rest, but this version creates a composition of moldings and trim directly on the wall. Because classical moldings, medallions, and appliqués come in a tremendous range of sizes and depths—and run the gamut from ornate to minimalist—the options are endless.

Jasperware Headboard designed by Eddie Ross

With a nod to 1700s designer Josiah Wedgwood’s jasperware pottery, this headboard is constructed with various moldings and a door.

With a nod to 1700s designer Josiah Wedgwood’s jasperware pottery, this headboard designed by Eddie Ross is constructed with various moldings and a door. “It’s literal but he made it much larger and grander,” says Azzarito of the striking and unusual headboard. Fun fact: Josiah Wedgwood’s daughter was married to Charles Darwin.

Photo: Ellen Silverman



An Artistic Headboard

What could be better than a multifunctional piece of art? While it may not be suitable to use a high-end piece of artwork painted directly on a canvas, or one framed with glass, a graphic, printed piece of art can work wonders to transform a bed and its environment.

Toby Barlow and Keira Alexandra enjoy a leisurely Alpine morning in bed in their Detroit high-rise home.

Toby Barlow and Keira Alexandra enjoy a leisurely Alpine morning in bed in their Detroit high-rise home.

Photo: Raimund Koch

A Textured Accent Wall

One of the main visual functions of a headboard is to give presence to the bed in a room, but this can be done just as easily and skillfully by creating an accent wall where the bed is. Adding texture or color really helps to distinguish this wall from the rest of the space, and gives some flexibility for the bed’s location if the room or wall isn’t completely symmetrical.

The copper-covered volume proceeds to the second floor, where it forms a storage wall in Sherman’s home office

The copper-covered volume proceeds to the second floor, where it forms a storage wall in Sherman’s home office.

Photo: Dustin Aksland

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