Do's and dont's of selecting headboards gallery

Sometimes, no matter how many pillows you pile up, the space above your bed can just look empty. A headboard is the ...
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Sometimes, no matter how many pillows you pile up, the space above your bed can just look empty. A headboard is the perfect solution.

Diane Dewhurst of The Headboard Company shares some of the tricks of her trade. 

DON'T

Leave the design of your headboard till last; it's an excellent starting point for a colour palette for your room.

Use fabrics that are too pale in tone as they can easily be marked or stained from the oils in hair. 

Be afraid to use pattern, it adds another layer of interest.

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DO

Be bold with scale, colour and texture. A headboard is a statement. Aesthetically the headboard anchors the bed if it's about 5cm wider either side.

Spend time deciding the shape and scale. A clever way to do this is to cut a template in paper and attach to the wall using a low-adhesive masking tape.

Measure carefully. If you plan to sit up in bed reading, check the headboard is comfortable.

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The Shanghai Queen room in this Puhoi homestead was designed with the 1920s style in mind and this headboard rounds it all off.

The soft grey upholstered headboard pairs perfectly with the grey bedspread and the clean, classic lines of the cabinetry.

When in doubt, take it to the ceiling, upholster it with velvet and line with gold.

A pale pink headboard provides a needed bit of colour in this teenager's room.

This main bedroom features designer fabric on the bedhead, which gives this neutral room some visual interest.

Go rustic and use an old door as a bedhead.

Sky high: This pink upholstered headboard makes it all the way to the ceiling in this luxury apartment.

A girl's bedroom in Auckland with a Voliere Haute table lamp from ECC and the studded headboard was custom designed.

Teals & greens are the perfect complementary colours for this woven headboard and Genevieve side table from Sarsfield Brooke.

Velvet yellow cushions and a blue velvet headboard give this bedroom a luxurious look.

A teenager's bedroom in a contemporary home in Timaru with a pink chambray-covered weatherboard bedhead and a retro-look yellow bedside table.

A yellow bedhead and French Louis XVI-style bedside table with marble top decorate this guest bedroom in a home in Christchurch.

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