20 Above-Bed Decor Ideas

Try these stylish above-bed decor ideas and transform your wall into an artful display

By Elizabeth Stamp and Gabriela Ulloa

The bed is the focal point of a bedroom, so naturally, we should want to make the area around it stand out. The space above the headboard is the perfect place to showcase everything from art to vintage objects and fabrics. Personalize your sleeping quarters with stylish above-bed decor, including displays of bold photography, eclectic finds from flea markets, and quirky yet sophisticated accents. If you’re working with a smaller space and are in need of extra storage, use this opportunity to try out a few of our favorite space-saving tips, like adding in shelving or even a full cabinet. Getting your beauty sleep has a whole new meaning.

1. Let Natural Light Do the Work

Why overcomplicate things Just situate your bed in front of a window and let nature do the rest.nbsp
Photo by Pia Riverola for VIDI VIXI Studio 

Why overcomplicate things? Just situate your bed in front of a window and let nature do the rest. 

2. Light it Up

Add an unexpected light source like a bring orange neon light above your bed for an extra bit of both form and function.nbsp
Courtesy of The Phoenix Hotel

Add an unexpected light source, like a bring orange neon light, above your bed for an extra bit of both form and function. 

3. Books and More Books

You can never go wrong with using books as decor. It's a practical style choice and also screams adulting.

You can never go wrong with using books as decor. It’s a practical style choice and also screams “adulting.”

4. Mirrors for Days 

To make your space feel biggerand retrouse a horizontal mirror as a headboard for an eyecatching aesthetic.nbsp

To make your space feel bigger—and retro—use a horizontal mirror as a headboard for an eye-catching aesthetic. 

5. Add Sconces

Eyecatching sconces provide light for reading and double as art. It's truly a winwin.nbsp

Eye-catching sconces provide light for reading and double as art. It’s truly a win-win. 

6. Twin Art

For a whimsical vibe add matching vintagelike art photographs or art pieces to your space.nbsp

For a whimsical vibe, add matching vintage-like art photographs or art pieces to your space. 

7. Fabric Wall Hanging Vs. Wallpaper 

Want something other than wallpaper to spice up your bedroom Cue fabric wall hangings. They're a an unexpected...

Want something other than wallpaper to spice up your bedroom? Cue fabric wall hangings. They’re a an unexpected alternative to the coveted design trend. 

8. A Not So Cutesy Canopy Bed

If you've always wanted a canopy bed and are searching to fulfill your childhood dreams with something a bit more...
Karel Balas

If you’ve always wanted a canopy bed and are searching to fulfill your childhood dreams with something a bit more elevated, go for a canopy-like headboard with sophisticated drapery. 

9. Shelf It Up 

Layer some shelves above your bed to show off your favorite thrifted finds or plant friends.nbsp

Layer some shelves above your bed to show off your favorite thrifted finds or plant friends. 

10. Have a Paint Party

Get creative after some takeout and wine and let your inner artist flow. Paint your own mini  masterpiece over your bed...
John Booth

Get creative after some takeout and wine and let your inner artist flow. Paint your own mini (or not so mini) masterpiece over your bed for unlimited individuality. 

11. One Work of Art

Go bold with one large painting that dominates the wall.

Go bold with one large painting that dominates the wall.

12. Go Au Naturel 

If you're looking for a more tranquil and serene decor solution hang a woven or naturallooking tapestry or artwork above...
Amelie Maison d’Art

If you’re looking for a more tranquil and serene decor solution, hang a woven or natural-looking tapestry or artwork above your bed. 

13. Unexpected Stripes 

Opt for a different paint job with abstract stripes that don't fully cover the wall. This will add a multidimensional...
Terence Chin

Opt for a different paint job with abstract stripes that don’t fully cover the wall. This will add a multidimensional element to your space. 

14. Get Abstract

Add a bit of graphic edge with an array of abstract art.

Add a bit of graphic edge with an array of abstract art.

15. Tapestry 

Hang a tapestry or beautiful textile to bring in warmth and charm.

Hang a tapestry or beautiful textile to bring in warmth and charm.

16. Add Storage 

Make use of extra wall space buy building out storage space like cabinets or shelves. Make sure they're sturdy though We...

Make use of extra wall space buy building out storage space like cabinets or shelves. Make sure they’re sturdy, though! We don’t want any accidents. 

17. Go for Multiples

Create a perfectly uncurated yet curated look by hanging several art pieces and sculptural finds above your bed.nbsp
Lindsey Swedick

Create a perfectly un-curated yet curated look by hanging several art pieces and sculptural finds above your bed.

18. Let the Headboard Do the Talking

Splurge on a bed frame with a headboard for the ages. Add wood finishes around the space for a subtle accent.nbsp

Splurge on a bed frame with a headboard for the ages. Add wood finishes around the space for a subtle accent. 

19. Let It Hang 

Play with height by adding lowhanging lights over your platform bed. Be sure to carefully measure where you want the...

Play with height by adding low-hanging lights over your platform bed. Be sure to carefully measure where you want the lights to sit. We don’t need you hitting your head in the morning. 

20. Sometimes Less Is More 

Opt for understated artwork to hang above your bed for a lowkey and clean look.nbsp

Opt for understated artwork to hang above your bed for a low-key and clean look.