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Bedhead and feature walls

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Whether your bed has a bedhead or not, making a feature of the wall against which the bed sits is a popular decorating strategy. Creating a feature wall helps to frame the bed and visually anchor it into the room. It means the bed looks less like it has just been plonked into the room.

An easy way to do this is to choose a bold paint colour, for example a deep charcoal with the other walls in pale grey, or rich terracotta with other walls in creamy off-white.

A painted asymmetric curved headboard

Headboards are a way to introduce colour, texture and style into a bedroom. An asymmetric curved headboard can evoke Art Deco or even Bauhaus style.

Wall in Resene Triple Merino, flooring in Resene Merino, headboard in (from left to right) Resene Tide, Resene Tussock, Resene Nepal, Resene Americano and Resene Smooth Operator and bedside tables in Resene Nepal (large) and Resene Tide (small). Artwork by SolsticeStudioPrints on Etsy.

A circular headboard painted in dark charcoals

Wall in Resene Rakaia, floor in Resene Quarter Rakaia, headboard in Resene Shark with stripe in Resene Rakaia, bench in Resene Shark, round plinth side table in Resene Santas Grey, basket (with olive tree) in Resene Jimmy Dean, round tray, medium vase and bud vase in Resene Explorer, rectangular tray and shell coin bank in Resene Chenin, scalloped lampshades in Resene Santas Grey and painted book and lidded container in Resene Wax Flower.

Or you can be more playful by using painted patterns or motifs, or a slightly outrageous or decadent Resene wallpaper.

Visually anchoring the bed against a feature wall covered by a luscious Resene wallpaper is hugely on-trend – and it’s no wonder with the enormous range of wallpapers and murals available at Resene ColorShops. Any colour, pattern, style and texture are there for the taking. Or rather hanging.

Using wallpaper is a great way to ring in the changes as trends or tastes shift. For the price of a couple of rolls you can have an entirely new look.

A circular headboard painted red

Painted headboard in Resene Moccasin (try Resene Desperado) and wall in Resene Alabaster. Bedroom by Jasmin Vallance.

Painting a pattern on the wall is fun and often easy. It could be chevron stripes, vertical stripes, off-set rectangles, a simple house shape or cityscape, a swirl of bubble-like circles or stylised flowers or leaves. Inspiration is endless.

Or keep the look simple and paint a bedhead shape on the wall – a long low rectangle behind the bed, or a shorter wider one.

What about the floor?

Remember to include the floor in your overall scheme. If you've chosen a breezy, coastal look for example, try Resene Colorwood Whitewash on timber flooring. If you have a moodier scheme, there are many darker colours in the Resene Colorwood wood stains range, or for a shabby chic or Parisian look, try Resene Colorwood Greywash.

If your hard flooring is not worth enhancing, get artistic by adding a stencilled pattern on the floor – the design possibilities are endless. Consider painting a 'rug' around where the bed sits to visually anchor it.

Hygge bedroom design

Embrace hygge, a mood of cosiness and comfort.

Walls in Resene Juniper, floor in Resene Colorwood Mid Greywash, headboard in Resene Dover White, bench in Resene Balderdash, pendant lamp in Resene Double Sea Fog with Resene Rose Gold metallic paint, bedside table in Resene Double Sea Fog (top and base) and Resene Hammerhead (underneath), Vertical ribbed vases in Resene Balderdash and Resene Double Sea Fog and ombre plant pot in Resene Celeste (top), Resene Terrain (middle) and Resene Cobblestone (bottom). Artwork from Kmart. 

A maximalist bedroom design

Create a maximalist look by layering patterns – starting from the floor and working your way up.

To create the floor pattern, paint the base in Resene Rice Cake with a stencil design in Resene FX Paint Effects Medium mixed with Resene Tangaroa. Lower half of wall in Resene Tangaroa with battens in Resene St Kilda, top half of the wall in Resene Wallpaper Collection 37520-2 and headboard in Resene Stromboli painted with pin stripes in Resene St Kilda. Artwork by Grace Popplewell from endemicworld

Using paint to accentuate the cornices and ceiling rose

The ceiling of this bedroom designed by interior designer Amber Hamilton features walls in Resene Double Parchment and a ceiling is Resene Baltic Sea – these colours accentuate the cornices and ceiling rose which are painted in Resene Quarter Parchment.

top tip  Resene Ceiling Paint or Resene SpaceCote Flat are ideal for painting ceilings. The matte finish and low splatter formulas are ideal for using with a paint roller.

What about the ceiling?

You spend a lot of time lying in your bed so the ceiling might be the surface in the room that you look at most. Why not paint it a colour other than white or cream? Continue your wall colour onto your ceiling for a cosy cocooning effect. Try a dark inky blue, such as Resene Blue Night, reminiscent of the night sky. Add some Resene FX Nightlight glow-in-the-dark stars and… nighty, night.

Using paint to accentuate the cornices and ceiling rose

The ceiling of this bedroom designed by interior designer Amber Hamilton features walls in Resene Double Parchment and a ceiling is Resene Baltic Sea – these colours accentuate the cornices and ceiling rose which are painted in Resene Quarter Parchment.

top tip  Resene Ceiling Paint or Resene SpaceCote Flat are ideal for painting ceilings. The matte finish and low splatter formulas are ideal for using with a paint roller.

 

Resene Colorwood Mid Greywash

Resene Rose Gold
 

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