10 ways to decorate above your bed

Lately I’ve been spending time mindlessly scrolling through pinterest and Houzz (what else can you really do when breastfeeding at 3am?), gathering ideas for something to hang above the bed in our master bedroom. There are lots of great options out there, so I thought I’d put together a post showcasing a few of them.

10 ways to decorate above your bed


1. Art – This one is pretty obvious, and there are so many different ways to display above your bed. You can do anything from a single big piece to an entire gallery wall.

joanna-goddard-master-bedroom-house-makeover-emily-hendersonvia A Cup of Jo


double art above bedvia 6th Street Design School


triple artvia House of Turquoise


minimalist-yet-welcoming-guest-bedroomvia Decorative Bedroom


layered art above bedSource Unknown


neutral master bedroomvia House Beautiful


Liess Homevia Lauren Leiss


2. Mirrors – Another super common solution with a ton of different options.

Captains-mirror.-Captains-mirror-Bedroom.-Bedroom-with-grasscloth-and-captains-mirror-above-bed.-captainsmirror-Bedroom-Grasscloth-Coastal-CoastalInteriors-via Home Bunch


CGIAnsleyParkBungalow3via Courtney Giles


rectangular mirrorvia Organize & Decorate Everything


via Domestic Imperfection


3. Plates – I like the plate idea not only because you can personalize the look so much, but because you could do it so cheaply.

white plates above bedvia Houzz


colorful plates over bedvia Eat. Sleep. Decorate


4. Textiles – Hang a blanket, rug, or fabric behind the headboard.

drape over bedvia Dwellings by Devore


fabric behind the bedvia BHG


textilesvia Phorm Design Life


5. Shelf – I like this idea for when nightstand storage isn’t really an option….though you may not want to do this if you live in earthquake territory.

shelf above bedvia Design Speak


coastal bedroomvia Beach Bliss Living


6. Feature wall – This is a fun solution, make the wall behind the bed really interesting and forget about decor.

tin tiles feature wallvia Houzz
handwritten statement wallvia A Beautiful Mess


Stenciled Brick accent wallvia Cutting Edge Stencils

7. Nothing – Not every space needs to be decorated!

nothing above bedvia Traditional Home


no decor above bedvia New England Home


8. Decorate over the nightstands and leave it empty over the bed.

decorate over nightstands instead of over bedvia Splendid Sass


decorate above the nightstandvia Name 5 Things


black and white bedroomvia Lonny



9. Put you bed in front of a window – Sometimes you just don’t have the option, the only place to put the bed is right in front of a window. These pictures show that it doesn’t have to awkward… in fact, it’s quite the opposite.

put your bed in front of a windowvia BHG




cottage bedroomvia The Lettered Cottage


10. Something unexpected – There are no rules, throw whatever the heck you want up there.

dreamcatcher above bedvia Primitive and Proper


oars above bedvia Meadow Lake Road


IMG_9029-682x1024via Simple Stylings


antlers over bedvia Do Pretty


So what am I going to pick? Not sure, to be honest. I like mirrors (either a big round one above the bed or some sort above each nightstand), but I also can’t get this jellyfish out of my head….


I found it on Great Big Canvas months ago and was thinking about getting it for above the couch, but the colors are way more perfect for the bedroom. I may get it and see how it looks, if it doesn’t work above the bed it will work pretty much anywhere else in the house. I just love that dang jellyfish.

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  1. These ideas are gorgeous! Our bed is in front of a window; it’s the only place we can put it! I’ve always liked this unexpected no-paint diamond wall from The Nester: http://www.thenester.com/2012/08/no-paint-diamond-wall.html Such a cool idea!

  2. That’s an awesome jellyfish, you should totally buy it. I also love that buffalo in your “art” section, he looks really determined or something :) I have a diy sunburst mirror over my bed, but I also have two small pieces of diy art over the nightstands, so I covered two of your options in one go ;) http://www.makedoanddiy.com/2015/03/diy-starburst-miirror-out-of-paper.html
    I do really love that plate wall as well though, like you say, so inexpensive but such a huge impact, especially if you painted some like they did.
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  3. Love the jellyfish! I also think black & white or sepia super-close-up pics of your boys, framed in matching square frames, would be great up there :)

  4. Hi Ashley,
    I have also been trying to figure out what to put above my bed and woke up on a mission to finally figure it out. While drinking my coffee, searching Pinterest I came across your wonderful site and this great post! Thanks to you (and your sweet baby :)) I now have the perfect idea of just how to decorate over my bed! Thanks for your research. Love your site!
    Mar C

  5. Jan Elizabeth says:

    The jellyfish is great. I love how it looks, how it’s textured, and how it’s circular yet not symmetrical in the picture. I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  6. I LOVE that jellyfish so stinkin’ much!!!! Also, Kelly would be very proud that the plate wall made it. We have an art canvas and I love what is on it, but we might move the bed in front of the windows….so who knows. I may steal your jellyfish if my husband lets me ocean-ize another room, lol.

  7. Thanks for sharing some great ideas … I like the idea of a feature wall! Vising from The Inspiration Gallery :)
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  8. Nice post! Such wonderful Ideas. Thanks 4 sharing

  9. I like the idea of incorporating frames whether it is big or small. It gives a different dimension to the space above the bed.
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  10. Love the jellyfish! I also think black & white or sepia super-close-up pics of your boys, framed in matching square frames, would be great up there :)

  11. The jellyfish is great. I love how it looks, how it’s textured, and how it’s circular yet not symmetrical in the picture. I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  12. Nice Article

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