A Headboard Color Guide to Suit Every Style and Color

Headboard Color Guide

Whether you are just moving into a new home, or you are updating your bedroom decor, finding the right headboard can be a little tricky. This is especially true if you aren’t sure what exactly it is you are looking for or how to find one that fits into the style of your room already.

I have taken the time to put together a guide that will help even the most interior design-challenged individual create a room that will make all of your guests jealous. And we will do it just by helping you choose the perfect headboard.

What Colors Should You Choose?

Picking the color of a headboard can be a little confusing, especially if the theme of your room is already laid out and you just can’t find the right color to bring the whole picture together. Here are some ways to help you decide what colors will work no matter where you are starting.

Warm Tones and A Classic Look

If your bedroom is full of warm tones, such as reds, yellows, or oranges, you may want to add a dark brown or chocolate headboard into the mix to give a little bit of an earthy look and provide a little boldness to the otherwise calm look.

Neutral Yet Vibrant

If you have a neutral theme to your room with white walls and simple decor, purchasing a white or cream-colored headboard would pair nicely with vibrant colored wall art scattered about and matching colored bed sheets and pillow shams. 

This is a great way to keep your room simple, but creative and cute at the same time.

Modern and Contemporary

To help create a modern and contemporary look in a room that has plain white or light-colored walls, add a plain black or white headboard to really emphasize the look. Pair it with black and white striped bedding and a wall mirror or two to pull it all together.

Farmhouse Hype

The old rustic farmhouse look has come back into style in recent years, having people going crazy for anything wood. An excellent way to achieve this look in your bedroom is by starting with a wooden headboard, with two old fashion barn lighting attached. 

Then add white bedding and curtains, with mason jar candle holders hanging off the walls. There are many DIYs you can try to really go all out with this theme without breaking the bank.

Colors That Pop

If you love bright colors and want a headboard that really stands out, you should consider looking into bright reds, blues, or orange fabric toughed upholstered products. These colors really pop and will definitely make a statement in your room.

These colors tend to look best when they are paired with darker colored walls such as cobalt blue, charcoal grey, or navy. 

Another great way to really make your colors stand out is by placing a solid bold-colored headboard like apple green or bright yellow against a solid white wall with solid white linens combined with matching throw pillows or wall art.

Elegant and Pretty

Nothing says elegance more than velvet when it comes to your bedroom, and lucky for you, they make velvet headboards in an array of colors and styles. However, we prefer a white or cream-colored velvet tufted design mixed with golds and whites on the walls and exquisite wall art and decor around the room.

What Should I Look for When Buying a Headboard?

When you are getting ready to pick a headboard, there are a few key elements to design that you will want to consider. These specific details may seem small to some but will make the biggest difference once it is the center of attention in your room.

How Will It Fit In?

Before purchasing a headboard, decide what the purpose of it is going to be. Is it going to be the main focus piece, or do you want it to blend into the room, making a part of a scene? 

If you want it to be a focal point, you should consider using bright, bold colors (as long as they match the rest of the room.), or you can go for a wooden headboard that can make a statement as well as fit into almost all color schemes.

If you are looking for an appealing headboard without calling on too much attention, you should look into neutral colors that can fit into any room. 

  • Black
  • White
  • Beige
  • Grey
  • Metal

Once you’ve decided on how big of a focus your headboard is going to be, you need to then make sure it works in your space.

Does Size Matter?

Besides the obvious King, Queen, etc., sizes that you need to choose from. You also need to make sure the headboard you are choosing is a good size for the bed and the room as well. Just because it fits the mattress doesn’t mean it will fit the room.

If you are trying to keep your headboard low profile, consider purchasing one that only comes off the head of the bed about 2-2 ½ feet. This way, it is still noticeable but doesn’t take over the room.

However, if you are looking to make a significant impact on your walls, going big can really make a room personal and unique. Some headboards can cover a large portion of the wall expanding well above and to the sides of your bed itself.

These are a great look for a very large room that has a lot of open space and large walls that can really use a bit of covering up.

Do You Need Storage?

Not only can you get your headboards with beautiful colors and creative designs, but they can also come with some extra space.

Many different styled headboards offer extra space and shelves or even bookcases. These can really add a bit of flair and a personal touch to any space, not to mention adding a lot more storage space to help you declutter and organize your belongings.

Are You Into Texture and Designs?

There are many options for solid colors and simple fabrics when you are browning online catalogs for the perfect headboard; however, you will also notice many different design options as well.

  • Scroll tops: A scroll top headboard can help make your room look elegant and classic.
  • Metal: If you want to add a little bit of design that gives your small room the appearance of extra space, a metal headboard could be a great option. 
  • Leather: A leather headboard can add a nice look and clean feel to your room. It is a durable material that can add a touch of luxury to any bedroom.
  • Paneled: Panels are sold for a customizable wall-mounted headboard design. They come in a lot of colors, and you can choose the size of your headboard based on the number of tiles or panels you purchase.
  • Artistic: There are headboards crafted to fit your every demand. Personalized styled headboards come with specific pictures, features, characters, etc. to keep your bedroom as creative as you are.

What Can You Afford?

Having a great headboard in your room shouldn’t cost you more than you have to offer. There are amazing options available for all budgets and designs.

When looking into a headboard, figure out what is important to you, your style, and your theme, and then decide on which headboard would work the best. Then, improvise if you have to.

Material such as leather and velvet can get a little expensive, as well as going for bigger and heavier products like authentic wood. But, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style for price. 

There are many alternative look-alike options for headboards if you can’t afford the real deal:

  • Pleather is an inexpensive look-alike for leather
  • Wooden pallets are a look-alike for oak
  • Hang a rug or tapestry off the wall
  • Upcycle an old door or windows
  • Stick tiles to the wall
  • Hang artwork tightly together behind the bed
  • Paint a headboard onto the wall

It is not hard to get the headboard you want, even if you don’t have a lot of money to put into it.


No matter what your personal preferences are when it comes to the style of your room, there is a headboard to match. Knowing what headboard works best for your space is key to having a bedroom you will truly enjoy. 


Hi there! I’m Alex, the one behind this website. I ran and operated a Local Furniture Store in Southern California. The store opened in 2010, during the “Great Recession,” It is still thriving today; however, I have dedicated my time to helping our online customer base. My primary focus is to help you with all your furniture & mattress questions.

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