Coming up with bedroom design ideas is one of our favorite ways to spruce up a living space—especially when we are spending more time than usual at home! One of the easiest and most impactful ways to revamp your bedroom is to make use of the empty wall above your bed. You can have tons of fun with bedroom wall decor by making use of the space above your bed—it is valuable real estate! You can put art there, come up with a gallery wall design, or find other creative ways to fill blank walls! To help you get inspired, here are 24 decor ideas for the wall space above your bed!
Great lighting is one of the most important bedroom essentials. You can use the wall above bed to hang lighting and create a focal point for the room. It’s also great for both direct reading light and ambient lighting. It’s one of our favorite small bedroom design tips because it doesn’t take up any floor space and leaves the nightstands open for decor, etc. It’s a good look for almost all design styles—you can use sconces or lighting fixtures depending on the style of the space!
We’re based in San Francisco—an earthquake-prone area, so we’re sensitive about hanging heavy objects above the bed! If you have similar concerns in your location, consider hanging a woven tapestry over the bed. They are lightweight and soft, so there’s no worries about them falling. They also add color and texture and come in plenty of different styles, including rustic, boho, eclectic, and mid-century modern.
If you love a jungle feel or earthy-inspired interiors, hang a plant above the bed! It can be a singular hanging plant or several plants bunched together. You can balance them with art as well, like above, and they can be real or faux plants depending on what you like! This look is perfect for boho and coastal style bedrooms.
Hang a picture ledge over the bed where you can display leaning art, photos, plants and decor!
dds depth, ability to change up decor. This creates a focal point and you can also switch out items on the ledge. It’s a great look for eclectic, boho, modern and contemporary styles.
Woven basket decor on wall is a great way to create a gallery wall effect. You can hang it off center for a unique look. It’s also lighter than framed art and good for safety zones. Vary the sizes and patterns of the baskets for a cool look that’s perfect for eclectic, coastal and boho styles.
String lights and Unframed Art
String lights make a good alternative to traditional lamps and light and also feel casual and youthful. You can add a fun touch, and they are lightweight, inexpensive and easy to add and remove as needed. Unframed poster art is inexpensive and great for earthquake zones. We also love this idea if you’re wondering what to hang above bed in teenagers’ bedroom designs!
Another option is to have nothing above the bed, but place a tall plant behind the headboard. This adds texture, color and decor and is great for angled beds with space behind them. It also adds privacy in open studio space and purifies the air, too! This look works well with eclectic, boho and minimalist bedroom styles.
A carved wood headboard that’s tall enough to feel like art makes a beautiful decorative touch and almost doubles as accent wall design! Tall headboards add visual texture above the bed and are great for tall ceilings and minimalist styling.
Two mirrors grouped together above the bed create an awesome visual impact! This look works with a low headboard so the mirrors feel like center stage over bed. It opens up space visually and is great for chic and glam spaces. It’s also good for small rooms because the mirrors help them feel much larger!
Another great way to make use of above-the-bed-wall space is to hang several storage shelving options. Open cubby shelving can display decor, books, nightstand items and is both practical and decorative! It’s great for small spaces that need extra storage and works well with modern style.
Shiplap Wall Texture
This shiplap wall texture is one of our most favorite accent wall designs! It covers the whole wall and adds subtle texture behind and above bed, but remains neutral so it doesn’t overpower the room. It’s great for spaces where you want a less-is-more approach to wall decor as it has plenty of texture and visual interest. This bedroom is a blend of rustic and mid-century modern, but this look works for a variety of styles!
For a stunning and dramatic look, add wallpaper on wall behind the bed. This acts as a large art piece/mural and is great for large spaces—or bedrooms where you can hang anything over bed for safety. It’s a good look for minimalist and eclectic bedroom designs. You can use any variety of wallpaper depending on your tastes and the overall decor style of the room!
Shelving that is more sculptural than practical can make an awesome splash above your bed. This can be great for small items like candles, trinkets, plants and more. The shelves themselves act as art and it’s a good look for casual bedrooms, modern styles, and even kids’ rooms.
Single Art piece
For a simple but impactful look, hang a single piece of art over the bed. This works great for symmetrical and formal spaces—and is also a beautiful touch in bedrooms with a minimalist look.
A gallery wall of art over bed is perfect for showcasing style! It works for both casual and formal spaces, depending on the grid of gallery wall and content of art. You can vary sixes and colors and it adds lots of personality and color to space. However—don’t use this look if safety is a concern—it’s not the best for kids rooms or earthquake zones. But if your location allows, this design looks great in midcentury modern, eclectic, rustic and glam styles.
A single sculptural mirror, like a piece of art, is great for adding dimensional and shape w/o being too style-specific.It works with both formal and symmetrical bedrooms and is good for glam, modern and midcentury modern spaces.
If your bed is under a window, you can hang curtains that create a pattern behind the bed when closed. It’s great for a soft look, and the material can be solid or patterned fabric. This look is super striking and works in any style of space!
Another of our favorite bedroom decor ideas is wood paneling behind the bed. Varying tones of wood create a dimensional look, and it’s great for adding warmth. This wall doesn’t need art hung on it or added decor—it’s all good on its own. It’s an awesome look for rustic style!
A diptych is a pair of paintings meant to be hung together like this hanging this above the bed! It’s great for a simple and symmetrical look or also as a statement piece. You can even pair different styles together—just keep in mind they are usually small in size.
A simple idea that’s great for kids’ rooms and nurseries as well as adult rooms is to hang garland above bed! Swag the garland for a casual look that’s super fun and eclectic. It’s also super easy to change out and use in rentals.
Room divider/folding screen
For a funky headboard idea, try using a folding screen behind the bed. It’s a great idea for open spaces like a loft or studio and it immediately adds dimension and color to a space. It’s super easy to move so you can easily rearrange the room anytime you like. And it feels casual, laid-back and artsy—the perfect addition to a variety of bedroom styles.
We love the look of a canopy over and behind the bed! A canopy can be part of the bed or hanging independently. It adds a soft look that’s very feminine and airy and is great for formal spaces. It’s a gorgeous look for kids’ spaces and adult space alike!
For a dramatic look that works great in a small space, try something like this metal sculptural plate over the bed! It adds a bold effect that is unique and totally unexpected. This is a large plate with carving and is a heavy addition—so make sure it’s securely attached to the wall.
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