1. USE AN ACCENT WALL LIKE AN OVERSIZED HEADBOARD
The oversized headboard is a huge trend in bedroom design, for a modern, hotel-like feel, but you can create the same look with paint. Try a bedroom accent wall in a deep color, and change the look and feel of not just the sleeping area, but also the room at large.
2. TRY A HALF-PAINTED WALL
The half wall is a popular bedroom paint idea that can play the part of a headboard in the right scheme.
3. PAINT A SEMI-CIRCLE AROUND THE BED
Painted arches and circles are one of the biggest paint trends around right now, and it just so happens they make for a brilliant headboard idea, too. In this simple bedroom scheme by Atelier Cho Thompson, a painted semi-circle has been tied in with the bed linen to bring a coziness that the space otherwise lacked.
4. OR WHY NOT A RAINBOW?
For a different take on the painted arch that's perfect for a kid's room, why not combine some different colors to create a rainbow headboard. Don't feel limited to a standard rainbow, either.
5. TRY THIS MULTI-COLORED SAMPLE DESIGN
This colorful headboard created by paint brand Little Greene is the perfect way to use up leftover paint. The design is made up of individual painted blocks, but could equally be painted in the same way you'd paint a checkerboard wall.
6. DESIGN A HEADBOARD AS PART OF A MURAL
A wall mural is a fantastic way to bring character to an accent wall, but you could also incorporate a headboard into the design too, like in this bedroom painted by Annie Sloan.
7. CREATE A HEADBOARD WITH PAINTED PANELING
Another great way to create the illusion of a headboard is by making the most of wainscoting or paneling behind the bed. Consider painting the bedroom wall panels, as these will not only inject a fresh new look into the room but also highlight the sleeping space, making it the focal point in the room.
8. ADD A PAINT EFFECT ON HALF WALL
If a half-painted wall is a style you're interested in for your modern bedroom, then consider adding an interesting pattern or texture to it. Irregular shapes, checks, chevron patterns, and more give the room a stand-out look. If you have a curved wall or unusually shaped structure, turn it into a feature by painting it in one or more different colors. This makes a room more interesting and is also useful for zoning areas.
9. PERSONALIZE THE HEADBOARD WITH PAINTED INITIALS
If your kids have a shared bedroom, then a great way to personalize each child's space is with interesting paint ideas. Along with painting a landscape, animal kingdom, the solar system, or more, you could even consider adding their initials or names behind the bed, as a way to even create a subtle headboard.
10. CONSIDER PAINTING THE BED FRAME
Painting an existing bedframe could also be an approach to liven up a bedroom - it's a great weekend project too. All you need is acrylic paint with a sheen, primer, and a paintbrush or roller. If you're going to hand-paint the frame, you may have to dismantle the bed first, but if you spray paint it, the disassembly may not be necessary although you will have to cover the bed and the wall behind. Use warm, soapy water and damp rags to clean the bed frame, and let it dry.
WHAT COLOR SHOULD I PAINT MY HEADBOARD?
When you're looking for interesting headboard ideas, a good color to choose for painting the headboard could be a natural wood tone or a more subtle tone such as white, cream, brown, or grey. This will allow you to layer in more textures and patterns on the bedding, cushions, and blankets. Plus, you could paint the wall behind the bed too, without the headboard adding any jarring color clashes.