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Photography by CLAIRE COTTRELL

Is it just us or does it seem nearly impossible to find the perfect decorative piece to go in the empty spot above the bed? More often than not, we will either leave the wall space blank or decked with a print we’ve held around for longer than we would would care to remember or admit. That all changes here.

Aside from the fact that it allows for the opportunity to implement your bedroom with an added dose of style and personality, it paves the way for a creative and unexpected solution. As the style-focused spaces ahead prove, even the most mundane or expected elements can instantly transform your room. See for yourself.


An Art-Less Gallery Wall

Designing a

gallery wall

can be a pretty intimidating process. One way to go about it? Forgo the art and opt for a gridded display of frames instead. We’re taking major pointers from this Parisian apartment, which proved that something as simple as pairing an eclectic array of antique frames with an alluring shade of wall paint can really go a long way.



Line the empty

space above the

little one’s bed with a set of shelves to display their favorite titles. It’ll encourage them to read and will provide their space with a splash of color!


A Hammock

When working with an exclusively whitewashed decor scheme, incorporating textures into the design is an integral component of creating a dynamic finish. In Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s East Village apartment, a woven hammock from a trip to Tulum decks the wall, contributing to the room’s understated aesthetic.

A Wreath

Seasonal or not, a fragrant wreath can do wonders for the bedroom, especially when opting for one composed of eucalyptus.

Photography by MIKKEL VANG

Oversized Art

Bring in an extra large frame, that spans close to the entirety of your headboard. This cozy nook found in designer Keren Craig’s renovated Upstate farmhouse boasts one such example, decoratively accentuated by the violet-hued Suzani blanket and beautifully contrasting shams. Who said there was such a thing as too many pattern?

Photography by NUEVO ESTILO


Lacking storage and floor space? Ditch the bulky nightstand and opt for a sleek, wall-mounted shelf instead. Bonus points for curating an eclectically sourced display complete with art, books, and dainty trinkets.

See more of this colorful bedroom here.

Photography by MOLLY WINTERS


Hang up a colorful area rug to offset a minimalist scheme that’s void of added decorative details. Here, a vibrant boucherouite rug doubles as textured artwork inside Alyson Fox’s Austin home.
Photography by CHRIS WARNES

Live Florals

A rattan headboard and tropically-themed bedspread hardly need much else in terms of additional decorative accessories. This bromeliad installation from Poho Flowers provides plenty in terms of decor and character.

See the rest of the surreal space on Homes To Love.
Photography by INSIDE OUT


Opt for a graphically abstract display in lieu of the more traditionally delicate pieces found within a bedroom setting. Here, a gridded installation manages to complement the earthy elements of the room’s decor scheme, imparting the space with an understated focal point.

Photography by Brittany Ambridge

Kid Art

Sure, the fridge may be the go-to spot for kid art, but we’re all for switching things up with a colorful bedroom display instead. We’re taking cues from this playful setup. Tour the rest of this bright home here.

Imported Goods

Utilize found objects and collected pieces from your travels in a more creative form: by mounting them to the blank space above the bed. In this dreamy, whitewashed bedroom an exotic floor piece comes paired with a plant-lined shelf, imparting the area with both color and texture.

Photography by FRANCES TULK-HART
Wall Hangings
Macrame wall hangings are making a major splash in current decor trends and we’ve seen a large influx of them earmarked as decor forthe space abovethe bed. This custom piece hangs in Jeff Halmos and Lisa Mayock’s ultra chic bedroom, contributing an accented pop that steals the show.
Photography by MINNA JONES

Wall Hooks

Take note from the entry and install a streamlined hook above the bed, and utilize it to hang greens, style-focused straw hats, and more!

Get the scoop on this inspired space on Minna Jones.

Photography by Brittany Ambridge

Painted Canvas

Similarly, paint a wide canvas of your own, and prop it behind the bed in lieu of a headboard!


Found Objects

Opt for a trio of eclectic treasures, found objects, or wall art to create a dynamic wall display that’s more than just the standard hanging art piece.

Originally published June 2017, updated January 2018

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