All of a sudden, there are a number of great headboard shapes out there that can be customized with a selection of fabrics (or, in some cases, the fabric of your choice.) While these tend not to be cheap, they do offer you a wide range of options without hiring a designer to give you access to a tried and true workroom and trade-only fabric lines. It offers you the option of a designer-look custom bed without much hassle.
It has been fun to try to replicate some designer looks through retail.
So, if you like this, try that:
Top row: if you like this fabulous San Francisco apartment bedroom, originally published in Domino, try that velvet upholstered headboard from Urban Outfitters. (and some knock-off Clarence House flowering quince fabric to go with it.)
Middle: if you like this fun and fabulous Annie Selke bedroom, try that fantastical bed from John Robshaw.
Bottom: If you like this updated-traditional blue fabric on a curvy shape, try this block-printed number from Serena and Lily.
Top tow: if you like this floral number in Lonny editor Michelle Adam's apartment, try the loose floral on a custom bed from Bassett.
Middle: if you like this vintage french look, spotted on Amber Interiors, try this inset-stripe Louis style bed from Ballard design.
Bottom: And if you like this over the top floral, spotted on Little Green Notebook, try a similar fabric on a straight-lined bed, also from Bassett.
That should get you started. Try out the customization tools at these retailers, and let me know what you come up with!
And come on back tomorrow. I'll try for a "best of the rest" round up of retail beds in great shapes, even if they come in a more boring array of fabrics.