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Headboards: a practical and decorative asset for your bedroom

The bedroom is a room in the home where decorating is particularly important to create a pleasant, relaxing atmosphere. While the headboard may have seemed a little obsolete for a while, it's now back with a vengeance, establishing itself as a real decorative highlight. Here's our advice on how to make the most of the headboard's practical and decorative advantages.

Why opt for a headboard?

Originally, the headboard had an essentially practical function, providing protection from the cold felt against the walls. Today's homes are well insulated and no longer require such protection, but the headboard remains an element of comfort. For those who enjoy reading or watching a TV series, the headboard provides a soft surface on which to rest, rather than directly against the wall. Although it's no longer used to protect you from the cold, it does protect your painted or wallpapered walls from the friction of the bed. The headboard also acts as a bulwark against cushions slipping between the bed and the wall.

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Another very practical advantage: some headboard models are designed with front or side storage compartments. This provides invaluable storage space, especially in small bedrooms where it is sometimes difficult to add furniture in addition to the bed and wardrobe. The headboard can feature storage niches for your book of the moment and decorative objects, or real closets with small sliding doors that offer discreet storage. Other models include bedside cabinets, which save a considerable amount of space compared to adding free-standing bedside cabinets.

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In addition to its practical benefits, today's headboard is a real decorative asset for the bedroom. It dresses the wall and visually rebalances volumes in the bedroom, offsetting the very horizontal line of the bed. It creates a new volume that adds relief to your room. With a wide range of models to choose from, you can easily personalize the style of your bedroom with a headboard. Depending on the model, it adds a chic, romantic or modern touch, and lets you play with textures and colors.

How to choose your headboard?

There are as many headboard models as there are decorating styles. So you're spoilt for choice in terms of material, color, covering texture and functionality. To determine which headboard style to adopt, you obviously need to take into account the size of the room and your needs.

In a small bedroom, it may be wise to opt for a headboard with storage, or even integrated bedside units if the room allows. You can never have enough storage space in a bedroom, and this can compensate for the lack of occasional furniture. For example, it can be used as a bookcase, with shelves for your current reading and a few carefully chosen decorative elements, such as perfume or candles. Storage can be more substantial, in the form of closed compartments into which you can slide baskets or baskets to store items such as bed linen, cushion covers or even your nighties.

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When it comes to materials, the headboard again offers a wide range: depending on the style of decor you prefer, you can opt for natural or lacquered wood, covered in fabric, upholstered or quilted, in wrought iron, cane or rattan. It all depends on the atmosphere you want to create in your room.


  • A warm ambience is guaranteed with a wooden headboard. In its natural version for the Scandinavian spirit, or lacquered for a more modern effect.


  • For fans of lightness and vintage spirit, a cane or wrought-iron headboard will find its place in your night space. Woven rattan is also very appropriate for this kind of ambience.


  • Romantic spirits will love the velvet-covered headboard, for example. Fleece-covered upholstered models provide incomparable softness and elegance, and add a baroque or romantic spirit to your decor, depending on the model chosen.


  • For a more designer or modern look, white lacquer will dress up your bedroom beautifully, while for the more daring, a leather-covered headboard will look great.
The choice of color will also set the tone for your decorating style. It's a good idea to coordinate your headboard with other elements, such as curtains or an armchair.
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