Take inspiration from Tara Craig's Ensemblier creations, or the mega-headboards of Kit Kemp - we appreciate designers who go big. After all, they can really tie a bedroom together. Can't find one you like? Do it yourself. Paint one directly onto the wall, create an upcycled version out of old doors or simply cover an existing headboard with a new fabric. Alternatively, you could commission one unique to your tastes. Whether you're buying or making it, the choice is vast and you'll need ideas. Thankfully, the bedrooms below offer plenty of dreamy inspiration...

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    DIY Patterned Suzani Fabric Headboard

    The main bedroom in Susan Deliss's country house in France has a simple headboard made from an antique suzani. The bed is spread with an antique quilt, hand-dyed by Susan with indigo. She has mounted an antique Ikat textile to create an artwork for the wall.

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    Paint It

    Headboards can even be two-dimensional. If you're a dab hand with a paintbrush, why not pick one up and create your own? A painted headboard by Paola Cumiskey adds elegance to the main bedroom of this Norfolk village house belonging to Alan and Sarah Wilson and designed by George Carter (who is known primarily for his award-winning gardens).

    Taken from the December 2013 issue of House & Garden.

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    Rabanna Cotton

    There can be few House & Garden readers who are unfamiliar with the cult names and sought-after colours of the Farrow & Ball paint chart. Friends and business partners Martin Ephson and Tom Helme, the men responsible for planting it firmly in the nation's consciousness, sold the company in 2006, and have since launched textiles company Fermoie. House & Garden decoration editor Gabby Deeming created a pretty scheme using their soft tonal fabrics. The padded headboard, upholstered in the 'Rabanna' cotton is from Fafio, while the Howe sofa has a seat cushion covered in 'Hertford Stripe'.

    Taken from the August 2012 issue of House & Garden.

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    Vintage DIY

    The bedroom of decorator Emma Burns of Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler is quintessentially English in both its gentle antique style and its 'make do and mend' execution, which her headboard encapsulates. 'It is covered in an ancient patchwork made from my mother's old dresses. I originally used it as a tablecloth,' she says. 'For me the bedroom is as important as the sitting room; it is a place of refuge that I use for resting and reading. I like to fill it with books, pictures and armchairs. I've kept a feeling of softness by using a very subtle stippling effect on the walls, and some translucent blinds from Chelsea Textiles under the curtains, which allow a diffuse light into the room. My linen is from Volga Linen.'

    Taken from the May 2013 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Emily Senior.

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    Shell Out

    Author and designer Paul Golding spent seven years restoring this exquisite eighteenth-century palazzo in Malta. 'I couldn't resist its romantic decay!' Built by the distinguished Maltese architect Francesco Sammut, the bedroom is stenciled with a pattern copied from a Carmelite convent in Medina. The chandelier is from Julian Chichester, while the magnificent shell-shaped headboard in gesso and silver gilt was made by Lincoln Cato.

    Taken from the July 2015 issue of House & Garden.

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    Folklore Favourite

    Bold colours and a variety of smart textures and weaves showcase wool's versatility in this bedroom, which features green 'Fennel Leaf' walls (paint from Sanderson) and padded headboards. The latter are 'Olympe' from Ensemblier London and covered in 'Folklore' by designer Kit Kemp, available from Christopher Farr Cloth.

    Taken from the November 2015 issue of House & Garden. Styling: Gaby Deeming.

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    Top-to-tail pattern

    Don't be afraid of going matchy-matchy. Robert Moore used 'Palma Large' fabric from Bernard Thorp for his headboard, the curtains and also an armchair in the main bedroom of his South London home. The effect is delightful!

    Taken from the June 2014 issue of House & Garden

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    Padded Single Chintz Headboard

    The single divan bed base is furnished with a 'Casati' headboard from Ensemblier London upholstered in 'Faded Monochrome Teal Roses' from Bennison. A limed wood antique commode is used as a bedside table, topped with a pile of books and simple glass vase filled with fresh flowers. This small bedroom has dark green walls in Farrow & Ball's 'Olive' paint.

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    Flaming Passion

    Matching your headboard to dramatically colourful walls is one way to make an impact in the bedroom. (This effect could also be applied with beds that sit against an accent wall.) The walls of this spare room in Tara Craig's Paris flat are painted in 'Papaver' by Adam Bray for Papers and Paints, with an imposing 'Carlyle' headboard from Ensemblier London upholstered in 'Serpetti' linen by Martyn Lawrence Bullard.

    Taken from the August 2015 issue of House & Garden.

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    Pattern play

    A suzani from Uzbekistan is complemented by a bright and cheerful fabric-covered headboard by Ensemblier London in this flat decorated by Tara Craig.

    Taken from the May 2015 issue of House & Garden

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    Pattern Perfection

    Henri Fitzwilliam-Lay used a mix of fun colours and patterns to create this stylish children's bedroom. The pink-and-white headboard highlights the accents in the flowery silk Kandy wallpaper, 'Brit Pop' by Élitis. A fixed and shaped box pelmet with curtains in a pale blue fabric is a smart choice as it will not be quickly outgrown when the children become teenagers. The overall effect is modern and elegant.

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    Leopard Print Headboard in Tropical Bedroom

    The leopard print headboard takes centre stage in this bedroom, which also features panels of tropical Pierre Frey wallpaper and a matching tropical-themed lampshade. The overall scheme is fun and daring.

    Henri Fitzwilliam-Lay, the owner of this Victorian country house in Shropshire has enhanced the interiors of this grand property with her signature mid-century aesthetic without compromising original features.

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    Earn your stripes

    Made.com founder Chloe Macintosh's bedroom is an elegant combination of deep blue walls and oatmeal coloured stripes. For similar fabrics, try Romo or Le Gracieux, who both do striped cottons with comparable painterly feels.

    Taken from the February 2013 issue of House & Garden.

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    Tall Mix

    Kit Kemp is known for her flamboyant use of fabric. In her own home she has used Vanderhurd fabric for the towering headboard. If you are looking to commission your own headboard, look to Southdown Interiors in West Sussex, who have over 20 years experience creating bespoke upholstered furniture as well as restoring antique pieces.

    Taken from the July 2013 issue of House & Garden.

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    The Holiday Headboard

    Bunny Turner even gets interiors inspiration from rom-coms - the design of this headboard was inspired by one seen in the film The Holiday. If you are looking for a smart red wool for upholstery look no further than Hainsworth, their broadcloth is perfect for a headboard as it is 220cm wide.

    Taken from the November 2012 issue of House & Garden.

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    To dye for

    Covering a headboard in bright fabric is a stylish and effective way to add a pop of colour to your mostly-white bedroom. Newly installed panelling and limed oak beams add character to this room in designer John Minshaw's home. The bedhead is covered in rough linen hand-dyed by Polly Lyster.

    Taken from the June 2012 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Liz Elliot.

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    Head to Toe Pattern

    Can't find a headboard you like? Simply cover an existing headboard in a new fabric as shown here, adding plenty of pattern throughout the room for a cosy, layered look. This headboard is upholstered in 'Suzani Carnation' (pink) by Madeline Weinrib, silk/cotton mix, £445 a metre, at Andrew Martin. The navy blue walls look fantastic with these bright pink floral details.

    Taken from the January 2013 issue of House & Garden. Styling: Gabby Deeming.

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    Growing Tall

    Kit Kemp designed this bedroom for Wool House, a Campaign for Wool exhibition at Somerset house in London. Be inspired similarly by pairing wool items with crisp cottons and shining fabrics like the lamp shade. The green sofa and tall headboard covered in a fabric with leaf details evokes themes of nature and growth.

    Taken from the July 2013 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Dominic Bradbury.

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    Padded Single Bed Floral Patterned Headboard

    This small bedroom features a single divan bed base, furnished with a bespoke headboard, covered in a floral linen from Cabbages & Roses. The crisp cotton bedding is overlaid with a quilt and the walls are painted in a deep green - '12B25' Armour Guard acrylic-enamel eco paint from PaintPlus. The vintage industrial-style bedside table is topped with a lamp made from an old cake tin.

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    Blue & White Stripes

    Blue and white striped walls make this room feel bigger, a clever effect that is reinforced by the matching headboard. The subtle nautical style with industrial touches seems particularly fitting for a bedroom in a Victorian water tower conversion.

    Taken from the August 2016 issue of House & Garden.

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    Silver Leaf Headboard

    Casamidy's 'Hacienda' silver-leaf headboard provides a focal point in this bedroom, creating a glamorous space when paired with the red bedding and matching ribbon of colour running around the top of the wall.

    Anne-Marie Midy inherited this house in the south of France and has since lovingly restored it to refresh the interiors without losing the charm of the space. Anne-Marie Midy and her husband own the Mexican furniture company Casamidy.

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    Petite Floral Pattern Headboard

    Nicole Fabre Designs' 'Laure' fabric was used for the curtains and headboard in this bedroom in a London garden square house.

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    Attic Bedroom with Oak Beams

    Hidden in a Somerset valley, this restored Georgian house was an irresistible challenge for its owners, who put together a team including architect Ptolemy Dean for the painstaking restoration, which won a Georgian Group award in 2015. The pale walls, bedding and headboard in this small bedroom are perfect for such a tiny space. Loft conversions always benefit from large windows, such as the one here, to fill the rooms with natural light.

    The patterned headboard and exposed beams add interest to the space. As with many of the fabrics, cushions and rugs in her Somerset house, Sophie Hale went to Robert Kime for the floral fabric on the headboard. The 'Susani Yellow' linen is printed to resemble needlework and looks particularly pretty against the unpainted beams and neutral walls. It costs £210 a metre.

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    Neutral Headboard in a Pink Room

    A neutral rug and headboard allow the pink features of the room to catch the eye without overwhelming the senses in a bedroom at Cadland House on the edge of the New Forest.

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    Orange on Grey

    A headboard covered in Jane Shelton fabric contrasts with dark grey herringbone cashmere walls in a spare room at a Belgian art collector's London home designed by Freddy van Zevenbergen.

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    Dhurrie dreams

    Why not make a rug into a headboard? This adds texture and colour, and ensures your bedroom design is unique. In the Beverly Hills bedroom of designer Joe Nye, Claremont's George Spencer 'Palm Stripe' wallpaper has been paired with a headboard covered in a dhurrie rug, and bedding from William-Sonoma Home. The red throw is from the Harnaz Cashmere collection.

    From the July 2014 issue of House & Garden

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    Buttoned-up

    'We loved the cool, pared-down style of a house belonging to a Swedish art collector, which we had seen in a magazine,' say the owners of this west London terrace home. Enter Hugh Leslie, whose unmistakable style gradually evolved the house into a smart family home. At the front of the house on the first floor is the pretty, generously proportioned main bedroom. Hugh had their existing headboard recovered by Ridge Interior Furnishings, in a Prelle fabric, 'Jaspe' in the 'Froment' colourway bought from Alton Brooke.

    Taken from the February 2015 issue of House & Garden

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    Textural Approach

    Take inspiration from Kit Kemp's work at Ham Yard hotel in London and decorate a bedroom with deep grey walls punctuated with flashes of fuchsia and red. A pretty white bedspread - still full of Kit's trademark texture - allows the eye to rest, drawing the eye to the beautiful gabled headboard.

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    Insider style

    Step inside the elegant bedroom of our location editor, Lavinia Bolton. Soft colours carefully combined with playful accessories add character to the space - an object lesson in unassuming good taste, as well as testament to her own creativity and enterprise. Lavinia made this pretty headboard herself using 'Sukriti' fabric from Penny Morrison. The gallery wall above the bed adds a symetrical dimension to the room, making it instantly appealing.

    Taken from the January 2015 issue of House & Garden.

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    Spot the pattern

    Designer Kit Kemp is the queen of combining bold colour and pattern with a finesse that never looks overdone. In this room in the Ham Yard hotel, deep blue walls are lifted by an upholstered gabled headboard and matching curtains. The polka dot print on the cushions is echoed in the chair, while the curtains reflect the padded headboard and the striped ottoman at the foot of the bed pulls in the white of the bedspread and balances the scheme.

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    Gabled Glamour

    Interior designer Robert Moore is a self-confessed magpie, and his home is bursting with beautiful things: books, photographs and silvery trinkets adorn every surface. The main bedroom is painted in 'Tablecloth' by Paint & Paper Library while the mirror was bought in Arundel. Nicholas Haslam will make the pretty gabled headboard to order, but Sofa.com's 'Inferno' bed upholstered in cotton (starting from £695 for a double) is a good alternative.

    Taken from the September 2009 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Becky Pugh.

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