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Above the bed decor ideas – 12 ways to decorate over a bed

by Monika Bürger
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When it comes to above-the-bed decor ideas, there’s a multitude of chic options to suit every taste, from adding a shelf to showcasing plants and art, to hanging an eclectic mix of mirrors or artwork.

The wall above a bed is so often overlooked, but it can be a canvas to elevate your bedroom scheme and create a strong focal point, drawing attention to a beautiful headboard, too.

These over-the-bed wall decor ideas are just some of our favorites – adding them to your wishlist of bedroom ideas can enrich your space.

ABOVE BED DECOR IDEAS

Bedroom wall decor ideas are often centered around a feature wall, such as one with a chimney breast on it. However, using the wall over the bed to create a display can be hugely effective, especially in a space that has little architectural interest or, indeed, space.

Above the bed decor ideas are traditional ways to bring a focal point to the bedroom, whether it be a statement wall color or wallpaper pattern, or a piece of art,’ says Connor Prestwood, interior designer at home decor brand Dowsing & Reynolds

1. MAKE A STATEMENT WITH A MURAL

A bedroom color idea with wall mural and layers of tonal brown bedding and accessories
(Image credit: Simon Bevan)

Wall mural ideas are an easy way to add drama to a space with little effort – and decorating with murals is a trend that’s on the rise. 

A marvelous mural has always been popular, but something extra striking and eye-catching is most definitely what we’re seeing more of in bedrooms,’ says Lucy St George, of Rockett St George. ‘Perfect for making a statement on the wall of your bed, bold metallics, florals, or a marble effect will always add character to your sleeping space.’

Make a big statement. Wall murals are the ideal way to turn a blank wall into a showcase for your unique style. Simply line up the panels, peel and stick to reveal your stunning design. Plus, they’re removable and leave no sticky residue behind. Wall murals available in two floor-to-ceiling sizes.

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2. INCORPORATE NATURAL ELEMENTS WITH BOTANICAL ART

botanical art prints above bed in bedroom by Kitesgrove
(Image credit: Kitesgrove)

You simply can’t go wrong with a pretty botanical print. Their popularity dates all the way back to Victorian times and the look is truly timeless, perfect for country vibes and elegant gallery wall ideas.

Artwork is a go-to for us at Sims Hilditch when planning what will hang above a bed in a bedroom,’ says Louise Wicksteed, Sims Hilditch Design Director.

Be sure to choose something that mirrors your chosen aesthetic. For instance, if your home is in the country and you have opted for lots of natural materials in your interior, you might select an antique print of the local wildlife or scenery.’

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3. BOUNCE LIGHT AROUND THE ROOM WITH MULTIPLE MIRRORS

An example of bedroom ceiling light ideas showing a black bed in front of decorative gold wall mirrors and below a large blue, pink and green ceiling light
(Image credit: Future / Richard Powers)

Why stick to one mirror when you can make the wall above the bed look arty – and bright – with multiple mirrors? This bedroom accent wall idea is a great idea for small or dark spaces

Wayfair’s Resident Style Advisor, Nadia McCowan Hill, says: ‘A popular option is to place an eclectic mix of mirrors above the bed, creating an eye-catching display that bounces light around your room

Opt for designs with metallic edges to add a little extra shimmer and place them at different heights along the wall to create a truly stunning visual piece.’

Add throw pillows to whatever room needs an extra dose of comfy. Individually cut and sewn by hand, each pillow features a double-sided print and is finished with a concealed zipper and faux down insert. Keeping an assortment of throw pillow designs on hand is the easiest way to give any space an instant refresh. Available in four sizes.

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4. USE CRAFT BUYS TO CREATE A UNIQUE DISPLAY

An example of bohemian bedroom ideas showing a bedroom with a red wall and a floral headboard with ikat prints and basketwork plates
(Image credit: Future / Alecia Neo)

Conjure up a Kit Kemp vibe with intriguing finds displayed above the bed. These bohemian bedroom ideas are enduringly popular, adding color, texture, and life to a space.

Nadia McCowan Hill comments: ‘Arts and crafts have undergone a huge revival in the past year with crochet and knitwear becoming 2022’s must-have items

‘An easy way to incorporate this trend into your interiors is by hanging macrame designs above your bed, the natural materials add a grown-up boho vibe to the room and are a super-easy way to stay bang on trend.’

Our Framed Canvas Prints add an extra touch of refinement to our gallery-quality canvases. Select from four different frame colors: black, white, maple or walnut to suit your decor taste and show off your favorite artists’ designs. Framed canvases are available in seven different sizes.

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5. PUT A SHELF ABOVE THE BED

bedroom with shelf behind bed
(Image credit: Leaf Envy)

Consider taking the time to install a shelf along the wall behind your bed that will not only add to your style but maximize your storage space,’ suggests Nadia McCowan Hill. ‘Stick to a shelf in a natural hue and then really experiment with color, adding fun decor options, plants and prop up a few pieces of wall art along the space to finish off the look.’

Connor Prestwood agrees that this is a trend that’s practical as well as stylish, adding:  ‘A big thing at the moment is shelving above the bed. The diversity and freedom to move and swap things around when you fancy a change is really appealing and can save money in the long run

Instead of buying a new large piece of art or completely re-wallpapering a wall, you can simply refresh the ornaments, books, and art and restyle your shelf to fit in with your current mood.’

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6. USE PRINTED WALLPAPER TO INJECT PATTERN AND COLOR

retro brown wallpaper in the bedroom on the ceiling, Graham & Brown
(Image credit: Graham & Brown)

If you’re lucky enough to have a recess or arch above your bed, fill the space with an on-trend bedroom wallpaper idea. If you don’t, you can always create a paneled wall and fill a square with a beautiful pattern.

Tropical, exotic birds, bold florals, and country botanicals are all in fashion, as are curvaceous graphics.

Cozy up with our unbelievably soft throw blankets. Crafted with sherpa fleece, these blankets actually get softer the more times you wash them. Coordinate with throw pillows and rectangular pillows for whatever nook needs a little extra dose of comfy. Available in three sizes.

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7. HANG A TAPESTRY TO UP THE COZY FACTOR

A bed with a pink throw in front of a green and pink floral wall hanging
(Image credit: Polly Wreford/Future PLC)

Biophilic room decor is known to be calming and restful, making it perfect for the bedroom – however, it’s not practical to hang or display plants above a bed, so choosing fabrics or artwork with a botanical motif is a great alternative. 

A pretty length of fabric, a light rug, or a tapestry in a traditional design are wonderful above-bed decor ideas that can replace a headboard and make a room feel incredibly cocooning.

Wall tapestries truly can do it all. They’re lightweight to hang on the wall, durable to use as a tablecloth and vivid colors make it an eye-catching outdoor blanket. Keep an extra tapestry or two in the trunk of your car for spontaneous park hangs or to set the scene for a meal on the go. Available in three sizes.

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8. TURN TO TRIBAL ART FOR AN ELEGANT GLOBAL INFLUENCE

tribal art above bed in bedroom by Kitesgrove
(Image credit: Kitesgrove)

Tribal influences are popping up in bedrooms everywhere, and tribal art above the bed is a stylish way to introduce it. 

Sam Hood, Chief Creative Officer at Amara.com, says: ‘Decorating with tribal prints is perfect for creating a unique space and adding visual interest to a neutral décor

For a curated but relaxed tribal feel, use a combination of different patterns (as Kitesgrove has done with the cushions above) and colors to push your interior design limits to the max. If this trend is too vivacious for your home style, add a mix of textures such as rattan, to liven up your home ambiance.’

Our floor cushions are the super comfy and style-forward option for outdoor seating. They’re UV coated to protect against fading and water resistant so you can avoid scrambling to bring them inside whenever there’s a touch of weather. Grab a few to have on hand whenever seating is hard to come by or for a fun option for kids to use out in the yard.

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9. ADD PLATES OR HATS TO PRETTY UP THE SPACE

Wall decor ideas with plates
(Image credit: Future / Emma Lee)

A lovely trend that’s been gaining pace is to display pretty hats or plates at different heights above your bed – or over a bedside table, as above. 

Interior designer Susie Atkinson says: ‘In a more feminine room, I think it would be nice to put a collection of ceramics above the bed. For a masculine room, framed flags are very effective.’

Pair with stripes, a pop of color in the soft furnishings, and freshly picked flowers for a chic and contemporary country aesthetic.

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10. PUT UPHOLSTERED PANELS ABOVE THE BED FOR A HOTEL FEEL

Above the bed decor ideas with wall panelling behind the headboard
(Image credit: Future / Paul Raeside)

‘If you are a fan of hotel-style bedrooms and luxurious spaces – aren’t we all? – fixing upholstered panels to the wall behind and above the bed is a decor idea that oozes elegance,’ says H&G’s Editor in Chief Lucy Searle.

‘In a low-ceilinged room, running panels like this right up to the ceiling can make it seem taller, and a taller run of panels will look more balanced in a tall room – or you can keep the paneled area long and low to exaggerate both rooms typeswidth.’

Dress up your duvet with our eye-catching duvet covers. These ultra-soft duvet covers feature sharp, vivid prints on the front, with a crisp white on the back. Choose from either synthetic microfiber or our natural fiber cotton. Available in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen and King sizes. Duvet insert not included.

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11. UTILIZE STATEMENT WALL LIGHTS AND PENDANTS

art deco wall light in modern bedroom by Original BTC
(Image credit: Original BTC)

If you’re not into art, prints, wall hangings or bold wallpaper, a refined and chic way to add above bed decor is to make a feature of your lighting. 

Whether it’s an Art Deco-inspired sconce or a vintage fluted glass pendant or an industrial-style piece, wall lights can be practical as well as pretty.

Connor Prestwood, of Dowsing & Reynolds, says: ‘We’re seeing statement beds with big, cushioned, curved headboards that cocoon you and make you feel safe while you sleep. This, paired with a couple of decorative sidelights for your nighttime reading and relaxation rituals, is the perfect combination.’

And if you really want to make a statement with your above bed decor, choose a statement pendant, like the fantastic piece by Jonathan Adler above.

From sideshow to show-stopper, our side tables will be a stunning modern accent to your space. Selecting from our wide array of artist’s designs printed with a satin finish on birch wood, you’ll take any room from zero to a hundred. Available in a square or round table top, and black or gold leg colors.

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12. CHOOSE A HIGH-OCTANE HEADBOARD

Colorful bedroom with pattern and ornate headboard
(Image credit: Simon Brown)

From bold floral or botanical printed fabric à la Kit Kemp to cocooning, fluted pieces, statement headboard ideas are an ultra-chic way to style the space above the bed.

Elliot James, of Elliot James interiors, says: ‘Headboards are having a moment, the bigger the better. We love headboards that run the full width of the room behind the bed and the use of a contrasting wallpaper or paint above helps the headboard to really stand out

Lighting around or inbuilt into headboards is also really trending at the moment, and our personal favorite is a backlit headboard that provides a striking and somewhat dramatic effect. 

Full height headboards are also extremely popular, and using paneled stitching helps to give the bed grandeur and presence.’

And Martin Waller, of Andrew Martin, says statement headboards are essentially a form of artwork, adding: ‘With the rise of the boutique hotel and its trending look in residential design, the headboard has become a brilliant focal point in bedroom decor. 

Look to the Firmdale Hotels for inspiration on using brave color and pattern and have fun coordinating your headboard with wallpaper or throw. Don’t be afraid to choose a more outlandish style as this only adds more character. See it as art above your bed.’

Park it in style on this incredibly versatile bench, upholstered with vegan leather featuring all the designs you love. The perfect indoor bench, it will give any space an instant upgrade. Dress it with plush blankets or throw pillows to keep it elegant, but super cush.

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HOW DO I DECORATE ABOVE MY BED?

There are many ways to decorate above a bed. A favorite way is to hang a piece of art that you love – long, landscape-shaped pictures are ideal, or you can create this shape with a gallery wall. You can also decorate above a bed with mirrors, framed fabrics, tapestries, and panels of fabrics. Or, you can choose more architectural over the bed ideas – from wainscoting to shelving. If you are looking for a simple above-the-bed decor idea, use a different color paint or wallpaper to that of the other three walls.

SHOULD YOU DECORATE ABOVE A BED?

You should decorate above a bed if you have a low-profile or no headboard. A large sculptural headboard will mean that you do not decorate over the bed, but if the wall is empty, hanging something with color, pattern and texture can really embellish the decor in a bedroom.

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