My friend is redoing her master bedroom and can’t decide what to hang above her bed. I told her there are a medley of options available, from mirrors to artwork to nothing at all. Her dilemma got me thinking … so I came up with ten different ideas for what to hang or display above a bed in a master or guest bedroom.
1. Mirrors, Large and Small. A mirror is a natural choice since large or small, they create an instant focal point above the bed. You can always balance out a large scale piece with smaller artwork off to the side above the nightstands.
2. Black and White Photographs. A series of black and white photographs framed above a bed is always a sophisticated classic – the bigger the better!
3. Artwork. An inspiring work of art is a perfect choice for placing focus above the bed and a great place to look for cues when choosing a color palette for a room.
4. Salvage. A rustic or antique piece of wood or iron provides amazing contrast against the softness of bed linens. Salvaged doors are repurposed as a headboard to give character to Maria’s relaxing bedroom below.
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5. Canopy or Cornice. Elegant and tailored, a fabric canopy is a sure way to soften the bedroom and give an enclosed and enveloping feel to the bed.
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6. Trays or Plates. With so many decorative platters, trays, and plates available, both new and vintage, why not use them vertically instead? Create an artistic arrangement for a unique statement.
7. Whimsy. Butterfly sculptures or feather juju hats? Sure! It’s your bedroom, be playful and add a dose of personality with something quirky cool and unexpected.
8. Wallpaper or Stencil. A repeating pattern in wallpaper stands on its own and rarely needs further embellishment, although a mirror on top looks great too! Pair coordinated bedding to complete the look.
9. Curtains. There’s no rule that requires beds be against a wall, in fact some rooms make that impossible. While technically not hung above, but off to the side, curtains are the finishing touch to a bed that sits under a window, just be sure to have light blocking shades behind them for catching extra ZZZs.
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10. Nothing. Who says something above your bed is a must? Not true, especially with a statement like a four poster or bold upholstered headboard. Art, mirrors, windows, or lamps on each side are often enough. The emptiness above the bed gives the eye a place to rest and adds to the serenity.
What’s hanging above your bed? Something mentioned on the list? Nothing? Still on the hunt? Do tell.