How to Decorate the Wall Behind a Bed

Updated February 21, 2017

The wall behind your bed is typically the largest wall in your bedroom, so it is also one of the first places you tend to look when entering the room. The space behind your bed can set the tone, style, colour scheme and theme for your entire bedroom. Use unexpected objects or repurpose common items to place behind the bed to add texture, colour and interest to the room.

Paint an interesting design or bold colour on the wall behind your bed; or use wallpaper for the same effect. Vertical stripes, plaid patterns or design that directly correlates with the theme of your bedroom can spark interest and bring the decor of the room together.

Install floating shelves at varying heights to create a display area. Drill the hardware into the wall above the bed and fit the shelves onto it. The shelves should be level with no hardware showing.

Set pictures or artwork in decorative frames or a collection of mirrors on the shelves. Hang them directly on the wall if you don't want to use shelves. Mirrors work best on a wall with a busy pattern and detailed artwork or pictures would look nice against a plain background. Choose one large piece, two or three medium-sized pieces or an arrangement of smaller pieces that balance the size and heft of your bed.

Include silk foliage or sconces if you want to create a soft, natural look. Lighting can be used to set the mood, act as a night light or a practical reading light. Sconces come in a variety of styles, colours and sizes that can match your bedroom decor and be proportionate to the size of your bed. Strings of lights work as well.

Decorate wood panels with paint or cover them with fabric to create a grand faux headboard. Stretch the fabric over the wood and staple it to the backside of the panel if you want to add texture. Add foam or batting between the wood and fabric before you staple the last edge if you want to create a cushion.

Drill the wood panel into the wall where a headboard would be situated. If you don't want to drill into the wall, screw hooks on the back of the wood panel to hang it from the wall like a picture, if it's lightweight. Pin a large wood panel between the wall and your bed and nightstands if you can't drill holes into the wall. This is not a good option for a child's room.

Hang fabric or curtain panels behind the bed if you don't want to use wood. Place a decorative curtain rod or thin wire above the bed to hang fabric, creating a faux window effect or a makeshift canopy of sorts. The fabric can hang straight down like drapes or hang off of pegs or hooks to create an intentional flow. For example, one hook in the centre of the bed and two lower hooks on either side of the bed could help guide the fabric to drape down around the bed.


Choose the wall decorations based on whose bedroom it is. Wooden block letters that spell out a child's name are appropriate for a baby or young child. Adults might prefer candles or pictures. The decorations should complement the size, style and colour of your bed.


Avoid heavy or dangerous objects above or behind your bed.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint or wallpaper
  • Shelves
  • Electric drill
  • Screws
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Frames
  • Pictures or art
  • Mirrors
  • Faux foliage
  • Sconces
  • Strings of lights
  • Wood panels
  • Fabric
  • Foam or batting
  • Staple gun
  • Screw hooks
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Janece Bass is a freelance writer specializing in weddings, family, health, parenting, relationships, dating, decorating, travel, music and sports. She has been writing for more than 15 years and has numerous published pieces on various websites and blogs. Bass has also ghostwritten various fiction-based novels.