If you intend to decorate above the bed, it is worth taking the time to think about what will fit the room best, rather than getting caught up in filling the void.
Since it is the largest piece of furniture in the bedroom, the best place for a focal point in your bedroom ideas is often above the bed and this will contribute to the overall feel of the room. Bedroom wall ideas are the obvious choice and work well, but there are many other options you may not have considered.
10 tips for decorating over the bed
“From the gorgeous mirror to wall hanging, shelving to gallery wall, the decoration above the bed is an opportunity to be creative and bold,” says Anne Marie Cousins, founder of AMC Design. “Just remember that it will sit on top of your head, so think practical and make sure whatever you decide doesn’t protrude from the wall too much.”
Here are some of our top tips for making water mist on the blank wall above the bed.
1. Leafy wreath trail to bring the outside in
An easy, effective and inexpensive way to add a charming indoor and outdoor feel to your room is to hang a few rows of artificial grape leaves or ivy above your bed.
False foliage can be easily hung from small hooks or attached to the wall or ceiling for a splash of green and a calming effect.
Green wreaths like these can be purchased online for as little as ten years and take minutes to hang for a quick and cheap makeover.
2. Hang an eye-catching mirror
A mirror in a decorative frame can beautifully finish the bedroom and is a great alternative to artwork hanging above the bed.
“A mirror can be a feature of a room, and if your bed is against a window, for example, the reflection outside through the window becomes a feature as well,” says Abbe Ireland, director of Patrick Ireland Frames. (Opens in a new tab).
The size of the mirror is important and should be relative to the size of the bed. Ideally, keep within two-thirds of the width of the bed to make sure the proportions work.
3. Set your dream destinations
In a children’s bedroom, a map is a great way to decorate above the bed. In addition to adding a splash of color to a wall, a world map can spark their imaginations. Get them to ask questions about the countries, cultures, and destinations they dream about.
Choose one with a matte finish, rather than a glossy or glossy surface that will reflect light because it will look better and are easier to read. To give this wanderlust life more sophistication, the idea is to look for an antique world map or a map that has connections to your home.
4. Have fun with neon lights
If you have recently met your favorite bedroom wallpaper ideas, it may be a little more difficult to decorate them above the bed with artwork or a print. So why not install a neon light or sign instead?
Choose a color you’ve already used in the room that matches well with your wallpaper and a phrase that speaks to you, that you’ll read every day.
“The neon wall sign is the ultimate standout piece,” says Lucy St. George, co-founder of Rockett St George. (Opens in a new tab). There’s just something cool and rock ‘n’ roll about the neon light above the bed, especially when paired with wallpaper.
With low cost LED lights widely available, you can be really fun to design or even create your own neon sign with words that are meaningful to you. Either way, neon is a fail-safe way to give the bedroom an instant, personal touch.
5. Choose a vibrant mural
A large, eye-catching mural is a great idea for a bedroom wall as an alternative to hanging a piece of art above the bed. Before you decide to print, make sure it’s something you love and can live with, as you’ll see when you wake up and before you go to bed at night.
‘Wall murals are a great way to give your room a new lease of life and transform the space,’ says Chelsea Clark at I Love Wallpaper. (Opens in a new tab). “A piece of art above the bed can add to a room’s overall style, while wall murals can add warmth, depth, and bring together the room’s overall design.”
6. Make a hanging pillow headboard
Another way to decorate above the bed is to make a theme for your headboard ideas. The design of such a suspended headboard is cost-effective and easy to achieve.
‘a Anne Marie of AMC Design says that the ornate headboard is such a beautiful statement, that I wouldn’t recommend pairing it with anything else on the wall. (Opens in a new tab). “If it’s larger, a headboard is usually a feature in itself, so I’d advise against crowding it and letting it do the talking on its own.”
“We should avoid using artwork in the bedroom and look to using intricate headboards as a way to introduce character into the space,” recommends Martin Waller, founder of global design brand Andrew Martin.
7. Hang a pair of pendant lights
Here, instead of hanging artwork above the bed, a pair of stained glass pendants makes an attractive alternative. This can also be a practical solution if there is very little room for combination bedroom lighting ideas.
“Using pendants over your bed is a bold statement that provides a fresh element to your bedroom decor while saving you from heavy lamps that take up precious bedside table space,” says Marketa Rypacek, Managing Director of Industville Ltd. (Opens in a new tab).
Make sure the lights are in a different circuit if you intend to have a central ceiling light as well, so they can be turned on and off independently for reading or calming the mood.
8. Choose an abstract artwork
Artwork hanging above the bed will make an impact in your bedroom. However, you may want to choose a piece that soothes your senses or even a selection of pieces for a bedroom picture wall idea.
“Your bedroom is your sanctuary, so it’s important to be surrounded by the things that you love, and that make you feel calm,” says Abbie Ireland at Patrick Ireland Frames. “The artwork is completely personal, so choose what makes you feel good.”
Says Jen Choate, Co-Founder, Interior Fox (Opens in a new tab).
Creating harmony within a decorative scheme is key. We like that art is displayed in odd numbers, one, three, and five. One large piece of art above the bed, or three small pieces is a good formula.
8. Fill the wall with a hanging pendant
Can’t decide on a piece of art? Or do you prefer something simpler or more comfortable above your bed? Choose a hanging ornament in pale neutrals instead.
A decorative hanging or wall hanging will help add texture to the space. Choose a theme that relates to your room’s theme, such as a coastal vibe, if that’s what you went for elsewhere in the room. Echoing an idea you’ve used elsewhere will give the finishing touch to your bedroom and pull the look together.
9. Paint a highlighter shadow over the photo rail
If you opt for a bold patterned headboard, rather than detracting from it with artwork or something else hanging on the wall, you can complement it with a stunning paint idea instead.
Choose a distinct shade, like this sunny yellow, and use it in the color block along and over a picture rail, or from about 30-40 cm from the ceiling. If you’re feeling brave, you can paint the entire ceiling the same color as well.
10. Make a statement with small embellishments
If you only have a small piece of the wall above your bed or you’ve been working weird, it can still be turned into something beautiful. Play with small decorative pieces to allow flexibility when decorating the space.
Pick up small paintings, woven baskets, or small photos and group them together to create a multimedia gallery wall that you can customize to fit the space. If you’ve chosen a double backsplash bedroom color scheme in the rest of the room, this is a great way to introduce a palette of different colors or shades.
How do I decorate the wall above my bed?
There are a number of options from artwork, prints, and photography to wall hangings, mirrors, murals, or lighting. What works for you depends on the rest of your decor and whether your wall is plain or patterned, colored or neutral; Plus the style, shape and color of your headboard.
“If it’s not art, we like to keep it simple, like patterned or patterned wallpaper complemented by accent wall lights,” says Jen Choate, of Interior Fox.
“If your wallpaper is busy, add a simple mirror on top with a clean silhouette so you don’t get too distracted by the pattern underneath,” says Anne Marie of AMC Design.
Alternatively, add a piece of art that includes the tones and colors of the wallpaper so that it matches the scheme. Another great way is to add a headboard in a contrasting color to really make a statement.
What do you put on the bed?
Most people prefer art or print, however, fabric panels, wall hangings, mirrors, pendants, and 3D objects or ornaments are also popular. Again, this depends on whether your walls are plain or patterned.
Just make sure whatever you hang is securely attached to the wall, because you don’t want it to fall off in the middle of the night.
“Consider a picture rack if you want to share your art regularly,” says Jen Choate of Interior Fox. “You can also add smaller decorative objects or books for more interest.”