Headboards have come a long way from the days of default dark-wood 4-posters, sleigh beds and frames. Architectural motifs, color, a variety of covering styles are making bed-heads into furniture statements rather than neutral go-along pieces. Many are taller and more imposing than ever. Perhaps that explains a fondness for what could be called peaked or tiered headboards which have scalloped sides building to a high point in the center. While these are sometimes custom (bespoke as the Brits say), someone who’s handy with a jigsaw and a staple gun might well craft their own.
A relatively simple pointed headboard [top] suits a narrow twin bed and makes it pop. Of course, dark walls help that along. If someone had a mind to DIY, this seems like a workable shape that could be cut from plywood then lightly upholstered with batting and muslin. I immediately fell for the Cabbages and Roses (think English Anthropologie) Natural Meggernie pattern black-printed linen slipcover with its simple ribbon tie-ons. Additionally, the bed is made up with Conran’s Daisy black-dot duvet and pillow case plus a charming floral bed cover with black and white floral nosegays on an earth-green ground.
The color of chocolate diamonds plus hand-embroidery by French linen purveyors Marquise de Laborde (whose embroidery designs are to drool for) elevates this bed to a state of baronial richness. While the little crown shape at the center almost seems like something you’d see in a 1930s royal costume drama, it offers a whimsical take on a piece with a very serious price tag. Designed by the great Robert Couturier for celebrity hairdresser Frederic Fekkai, it definitely has a French look that plays off perfectly against the super traditional antique Tabriz rug.
Having expressed my fondness for silver leaf it should come as no surprise that I’d go for an exotic leafed and painted headboard by Foale and Sons. This one, adapted from the shape of a Moorish arch, is based on a paisley motif and perfectly accented by the Tendance Khmère silk knotted quilt.