From wall art to decorative plates, try these ideas to add color and personality to the space above your bed.
1. Wall Art
The most popular choice for decorating the space above a bed is wall art. Hang one piece centered above the bed for a traditional feel or get creative with an asymmetrical, collage-style arrangement. Choose framed prints, a canvas, or—for a personal touch—family photographs.
Remember, wall art is an easy opportunity to reinforce the color palette of your space!
Rule of Thumb: Hang art at least 8 to 10 inches above the headboard. Get even more of our editors' top tips on How to Hang Wall Art.
When hung above the bed, a mirror creates an instant (and stunning) focal point for the whole bedroom. Mirrors also make your space feel larger by reflecting the natural light.
One mirror with a decorative frame or distinct shape, such as a sunburst mirror, can easily make a statement. If you're looking for a twist, try mixing a variety of similar mirrors (left) or simply hang two identical mirrors side by side.
Tip! For smaller rooms, hang a large mirror above your bed. It will add depth and create the illusion of more space.
Add a variety of accessories to the shelves, like vases, picture frames, artwork, figurines, and other personal mementos. This should be a unique display that represents your style, and it's easy to change or rearrange!
Tip! Use this space-saving option as a bookshelf and your novels will be within arm's reach for nighttime reading!
Try something different by hanging an arrangement of plates that vary in size, color, and pattern. Display the plates in a cluster, mixed with other artwork, or hung in a straight line.
Plates that match the rest of your decor—with a similar color palette or motif—can pull the entire look of the room together.
Tip! Secure the plates on the wall with plate hangers or heavy-duty picture hanging strips.
5. Wall Decal
No nails, paint, or glue are required when applying a wall decal over the bed! From graphic murals to monograms and inspiring quotes, decals are a temporary or quick fix for an empty wall.
Instantly enhancing a space, decals add visual interest to your bedroom with color (bold or subtle) and character (simple or graphic). It's as easy as peel, stick, and enjoy! Learn How to Apply Wall Decals with our editors' tips.