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.
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.
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.