16 Creative and Stylish Wooden Headboard Ideas

Reclaimed wood headboard in brightly-lit bedroom with matching furniture

The Spruce / Christopher Lee Foto

Although upholstered headboards have been riding high on the decorating charts for some time now, that doesn’t mean that wooden headboards have lost their luster. Wood never goes out of fashion: it’s a classic material that complements any decorating style, has endless versatility, can easily be given a makeover, and lends itself well to DIY projects. If you’re wondering how to decorate your own room with a wood headboard, read on. These bedrooms will show you how to do it right.

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    Reclaimed Wood Headboard

    Green and white rustic bedroom
    Janie Molster Designs

    It's a little bit country, a little bit rustic, a little bit contemporary. This lovely green and white bedroom from Janie Molster Designs shows off a headboard made from reclaimed wood: a great way to add a big dose of style to your room while doing the environment a favor. Win/win.

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    Beach Cottage Bedroom Style

    Beach cottage bedroom
    Jennifer Palumbo Inc.

    A medley of soft colors, a beachy feel, a wonderfully shaped wooden headboard: what's not to love about this bedroom from interior designer Jennifer Palumbo?

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    Bold Colored Bedroom Walls

    Orange, black, and white bedroom
    Lauren Nelson Design

    Looking for a headboard that can hold its own—and yet not compete—against a bold wallpaper with strong color? Then take a tip from Lauren Nelson Design, and choose a traditional wooden sleigh bed in a medium-to-dark brown. The simple design of the headboard is the perfect foil for strong color on the walls.

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    Modern Farmhouse Bedroom

    modern farmhouse bedroom

    A lovely-in-neutrals bedroom gets a touch of rustic style from a wood pallet headboard. Shown on interior design blog Stylizimo, this peaceful and lovely room is a perfect example of modern farmhouse style.

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    Bedroom With Twig Headboard

    Branch headboard
    Jennifer Worts Design Inc.

    Jennifer Worts Design brings nature indoors with this fabulous twig headboard. Mix it with cozy bedding, an intriguing light fixture, and a palette mostly limited to white, and the result is this wonderfully restful bedroom.

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    Live-Edge Wood Headboard

    Live edge wooden headboard
    Christopher Stark Photography/Houzz

    A live-edge wooden slab gives a bit of retro, rustic appeal to this bedroom photographed by Christopher Stark. Cut branches are an unexpected accessory, reaching nearly to the ceiling.

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    Midcentury Modern Headboard

    modern bedroom with wood headboard
    Amy Lau Design

    Blonde wood spells midcentury modern in this funky bedroom from Amy Lau Design. Notice the little built-in shelves on the headboard. The geometric rug and comforter add just enough color and pattern without detracting from the overall airiness of the space.

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    DIY Wooden Headboard

    DIY wooden headboard
    Bright Forest

    Here's a terrific DIY headboard that only looks like it's crafted out of reclaimed scraps of wood. If you'd like to make one for your own room, you'll find full directions at Bright Forest.

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    Carved Headboard

    Indian wooden screen headboard
    La Maison Boheme

    Wow. When your headboard is as much of a showstopper as this one, found on boho style blog La Maison Boheme, you don't need much else in the way of decor.

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    Painted Wooden Headboard

    Green painted headboard cottage bedroom
    Urban Grace Interiors

    Wood can be painted, of course, to any color you'd like. In this traditional vintage styled room from Urban Grace Interiors, the soft green is just enough of a statement to hold its own without demanding too much attention. So pretty.

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    Intricately Designed Wooden Headboard

    Amazing Moroccan headboard
    Photo: Burnham Design

    This bedroom from Burnham Design shows off an amazingly ornate Moroccan bed. When decorating with a showstopper like this one, it's best to limit the accessories and colors in the rest of the space.

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    Matte Paint on a Wood Headboard

    Mediterranean bed design
    Burnham Design

    This bed is a traditional design, but the matte black paint gives it a contemporary edge. Add in the touches of bold color and pattern throughout the space, and you have this gorgeous bedroom from Burnham Design.

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    Beach-Themed Wooden Headboard

    Wave headboard
    Studio 80

    Who said a wooden headboard couldn't have fun? This wave-inspired, turquoisey-green bed shows off a sense of whimsy and looks great while doing it. The bright pillows continue the beachy feel. The bedroom is from Studio80 Interior Design.

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    Bright Walls in the Bedroom

    Turquoise brick wall in bedroom
    Lauren Bamford/The Interiors Addict

    When walls go bold, as in this vibrant bedroom from The Interiors Addict, a simple wooden headboard is just right. This bedroom has a tropical feel, which the bed complements without making a fuss or demanding attention. Perfect.

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    Wooden Midcentury Modern Bed

    Midcentury modern bedroom
    Madison Modern Home/Houzz

    Midcentury modern, the decorating style predominant during the 1950s and 1960s, and currently once again riding high in popularity, calls for simple lines, unadorned wood, and furniture with legs, as shown in this simple yet stunning bedroom from Madison Modern Home.

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    Classic Bedroom With Wooden Headboard

    Traditional Bedroom
    Courtney Hill Interiors

    Classic and gorgeous. That's the best way to describe this bedroom from Courtney Hill Interiors. The imposing wooden four-poster bed is softened by the heavily-distressed dresser next to it, as well as the cozy bedding and woven-cane-back armchair at the foot of the bed. What a beautiful room.