Go bold and go for height — dynamic fabrics and exaggerated verticality on a headboard can change the entire feeling of a room. These brilliant textiles add to the Moroccan style of this home, and the wall behind them painted up to chair-rail height tricks the eye, distorting how we perceive the colors and proportions.
To tie a larger area to the bed, extend the headboard behind nightstands. A bold trellis pattern grounds this bed with the appropriate scale.
You don't have to use fabric to execute this idea. At the Upward Bound House, interior designer Vanessa De Vargas used wallpaper to create the look of an extended headboard.
Use remnants for a unique patchwork design. Creative decorator Cherie Marcel didn't let her fabric samples go to waste; instead, she used them to fashion a fabulous headboard.
Allow the patterned headboard to be the star of the bedscape. Keep the duvet and shams solid and with minimal detailing, like this hotel-style bedding, and use a minimal amount of coordinating throw pillows.
Coordinate with a bed skirt or a bed platform to create continuity.
Pay attention to the way the pattern relates to the headboard's shape. Here the vertical stripes emphasize the point at the top of the headboard. Note the way the stripes on the bed skirt and the headboard align.