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June 2015

Forston refers to this headboard style as "French vintage" and says clients are gravitating toward a reclaimed look more than ever before. "People are really starting to buzz about it, and they’re mixing it in with their contemporary and traditional furniture," she says. Plus, the headboard’s weathered wax wood color pairs well with the darker stained pieces often found in more traditionally styled homes.

Upholstered headboards first hit the design market years ago, but like any trend, they too have evolved. It was only until recently that manufacturers and designers began seeking inspiration from the more traditional headboards of the past, incorporating sleigh bed styles and wooden trim into their designs. "The great thing about an upholstered headboard is that it allows us to have flexibility with existing furniture without being matchy," adds Jessica Forston of Fringe Home Furnishings in Whitefish Bay. "It brings a lot of drama to a room in a quiet, calming way." Here, the interior designer talks trends and tips for upholstered headboard installation.

Tufted headboards are now more popular than flat ones, says Forston, and for good reason. "On a flat headboard, the fabric stretches and may wrinkle," she explains. "But on a tufted headboard, the fabric is already pulled. There’s no movement in the fabric whatsoever, and it’s more low maintenance." For a classic sleigh bed style, keep in mind that the bed will jut out from the wall quite a bit — about 10 to 12 inches, Forston says.



"It’s very unique to have a wood footboard around it," notes Forston of the headboard’s classically detailed wooden base. Here, a flat, neutral-toned headboard is used appropriately, as a tufted one may overwhelm the design of the space. If texture is incorporated elsewhere in the room, it’s not needed in the headboard, she says. The lower height of the headboard also aids in preventing excessive fabric stretching.



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