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11 Ways to Fill the Space Above Your Bed

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso

If you couldn’t tell, clean, minimal spaces are kind of our thing here at House One. But rather than leaving the open space above your bed blank, it’s best to dress it up one way or another – otherwise, the room can look incomplete. Take advantage of the free space (headboard or not) and express yourself with a focal point of choice.

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1. Mirrors

Keep things simple with a large mirror hung overhead. Rectangular mirrors fit like a puzzle piece, round mirrors are hotter than ever now, and a collection of smaller-scale hangings can be arranged in a collage. These reflective statement pieces add both style and depth to a room, making it appear larger than it is, which is ideal for small spaces and apartments.

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2. Tapestries

If you’re looking for an attractive quick-fix to the hollow space behind your bed, pin up a decorative tapestry. These fabrics come in a variety of styles and colors, so you can easily find a cloth that complements your quarters.

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3. Plants

Bring the outside in with some lush greenery displayed on shelves or suspended from hanging planters. In addition to making your room homier, these living air purifiers will have you feeling more refreshed when you get up in the morning 

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4. Rugs

The primary purpose of a rug is to protect floors from wear and tear; it’s next duty is to accentuate a room – but who says it has to stay on the ground? Area rugs are intricate pieces of artwork and some are just too beautiful to be walked on. Hang up a patterned mat behind the bed for added color or texture in an empty block of space.

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5. Wall Hangings

Wall hangings, such as this macrame “headboard”, make excellent space fillers. Pieces like this are more popular now than ever, so finding the perfect piece to buy or DIY will be easy.

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6. Shelving

Take advantage of the free real estate available and display your favorite photos or trinkets on shelves. Not only will this help bulk up a plain wall, but it will also add storage that keeps your dorm tidy. Purchase a unit that suits your style or follow our DIY floating shelf tutorial!

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7. Wallpaper

If you’re looking to amp things up a bit, wrap the surface with decorative paper for an attention-grabbing accent wall. If it’s your first time using wallpaper, you may want to hire a professional to get the job done properly.

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8. Dreamcatchers

Get a good night’s rest knowing that your dreams are protected and your room is decorated. Check out these modern dreamcatchers we found that you can make yourself.

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9. Maps

Pay homage to the place you call home or the destination you long to visit with a map, or display a print of the world for something inspirational. This solution is perfect for beds sans-headboard due their shape and large sizes.

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10. Wall Decals

Removable and reusable, decals can be slapped on the wall for an instant upgrade that won’t leave marks on surfaces. There are millions of styles to choose from, and since they can easily be swapped with other stickers, you can continually switch out imagery and/or text as your style evolves. Create an accent wall filled with smaller stick-ons for a wallpaper effect or adhere one large statement piece.

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11. Artwork

Commission a talented friend, visit a gallery, hit up an art fair or estate sale, or find inexpensive prints online. Display a wall-to-wall work or create a gallery wall with either mix-matched or identical frames to fill this negative space.

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Dani Caruso
Dani Caruso By Dani Caruso
Dani is House One’s assistant editor. As a Norwalk, CT native, Dani graduated from UConn with a BA in Digital Media and Design. This millennial longs for the days of All That, Tamagotchis, and Dunkaroos. When she’s not working, she’s hanging outdoors, playing with her dogs, or watching makeup tutorials on YouTube.

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