When coming up with bedroom decorating ideas, the empty space above the bed can sometimes be an issue. Ask The Decorating Files has received lots of questions asking about how to decorate this space. There are a myriad of options available. For inspiration, I thought I’d share 10 ideas with you today including one that might surprise you.
Bedroom Decorating Ideas for Over the Bed
1 ARTWORK. A dynamic work of art adds a great focal point above a bed. It’s also offers a wonderful opportunity to unify or establish a room’s color palette.
2 FRAMED PRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS. Hanging several prints or photographs in like frames has the same impact as one large piece of artwork. Enlarge black and white family photographs or use pictures from an old botanical reference book to create your own inexpensive artwork.
3 MIRRORS. Mirrors are always a stylish choice for decorating walls. Hanging above the bed, they create the perfect focal point. You can use one large mirror or mix several together for an interesting look.
4 ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE. Weathered and rustic salvaged architectural pieces bring tons of charm to any room. They are an ideal way to add character to a plain bedroom.
5 FABRIC AND WALL HANGINGS. Quilts, fabrics, and wall hangings soften a bedroom and can work double-duty as a headboard.
6 PLATES. Since plates come in such a variety of colors and styles, they allow you to express your personality in a fun way. Mix them up and use a bunch of different colors for a whimsical look. Or keep it traditional with a classic pattern.
7 WALLCOVERINGS. A vibrant wallcovering is sometimes all the focal point you need behind a bed. Keep it simple and let the pattern be the star.
8 CORNICES AND CANOPIES. A tailored canopy or cornice seems to elevate the status of a bed. They bring to the room a sense of elegance and refinement.
9 THE UNEXPECTED. Express your special style and personality by adding something unexpected above your bed. It’s your room; have fun with it. If you like it, that’s all that matters.
10 NOTHING AT ALL. That’s right. Nothing. At. All. Just because there’s a space there, doesn’t mean you have to hang something above your bed. Let an amazing bed or a fabulous pair of side lamps be the focal point. Having the open space will keep things from getting to busy and give the eyes a chance to rest.
What do you have hanging over your bed? I’d love to here from you!