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May 9, 2013
The bed is so much more than a place to lay your head, it's the focal point of the room and the headboard can either make or break that look. Rather than the conventional headboard, consider one of these creative alternatives from some of our favorite bedrooms featured in Dwell.
headboard mural detroit

Go big with an oversized piece of art. Pick something special, a place you'd love to be, or just anything that makes you happy to look at so that you fall asleep content. Residents Toby Barlow and Keira Alexandra chose an oversized landscape mural of the famed Alps for their headboard in their Detroit, Michigan home.

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Originally appeared in 12 Beautiful Bedrooms
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Modern bedroom with world map wall decal

In the same vein as artwork, try a decal for something quirky. Architect Francesco Moncada went with a decal on the wall above his bed from My Vinilo.

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Originally appeared in Less Is Amore
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Modern bedroom with red accent wall

Try a little DIY with any number of objects that can serve a reborn purpose as a headboard. London resident, Brod Hart got creative with a headboard made from a reclaimed door

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Originally appeared in A Wheelchair-Accessible Adaptive Reuse Project in London
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The home already has a vivid color scheme, but to energize certain areas further, Bestor and Grunbaum added murals to some of the walls. Aside from the vinyl decals in the bathrooms, the stairwell is painted to evoke Grunbaum’s family home in the 1970s. D

If you've got some artistic skills, or know someone who does, you can create a faux headboard with paint. Designer Mina Javid painted the headboard for the master bedroom of surfer and creative director Eric Grunbaum in his Venice Beach home.

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Originally appeared in Modern Surf Shack in Venice
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If you're lucky enough to have naturally beautiful walls such as brick or concrete you could go as far from traditional and possible and just go comando, no headboard at all. The concrete wall in the master bedroom of this family home in Isreal serves as a raw, textural headboard.

Originally appeared in Concrete Ideas
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headboard mural detroit

Go big with an oversized piece of art. Pick something special, a place you'd love to be, or just anything that makes you happy to look at so that you fall asleep content. Residents Toby Barlow and Keira Alexandra chose an oversized landscape mural of the famed Alps for their headboard in their Detroit, Michigan home.

Photo by Raimund Koch.

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