Decorating Ideas on How to Put a Bed in Front of the Window

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Don't let a window foil your bedroom's design -- if you have to or prefer to position the bed in front of it, use the entire setting for impact, even if the positioning doesn't allow a headboard. The bed is the room's focal point, and if you dress it and the window and wall behind accordingly, it won't be ignored.

Headboard Lowdown

  • On a bed in front of a low window, you can skip the headboard. If you plan to use one, however, go with a low design that won't hinder egress in an emergency or airflow when you open the window, or restrict light during the day. If the room has a second window on another wall for egress, a high headboard with an open-slat or metal-bar style adds drama without stealing daylight or blocking fresh air. If you have windows that meet in a corner of a large room, position the bed on an angle in front of them.

Decorating the Wall

  • The bed is the bedroom's focal point, and the way you decorate the wall and window behind it should make it stand out. If you prefer modern decor, it might seem passe to match the bedding and curtains, but because of the bed and window's close proximity, matching materials, colors and patterns helps create an attention-grabbing one-piece look -- with open drapes acting as a frame, or closed fabric shades mimicking a headboard. Paint the wall behind the bed in a complementary shade to the bedding and window treatment -- a blue wall backing coral fabrics, for example -- to make the focal point even more prominent. If the window is much wider than the bed, a pair of beefy bedside tables give the bed more oomph and visual impact.

Off-Center Windows

  • You have at least two bed-positioning choices with an off-center window: Emphasize the eccentric position, or make it appear to line up with the bed in front. If an oddly positioned window means the bed must sit off-center to it, use art to fill the empty wall space and form a more even display behind the bed. When you want the window to appear centered above the bed, center a curtain rod and unevenly position curtain panels. The idea is to use visual trickery to make the window seem to extend evenly behind. Then, position the bed accordingly, centering it with the window treatment.

Dressing for Bed

  • You can dress the bed and drapery to match, and then punch up the design with standout cushions and a window topper for more impact. If you prefer mismatched bedding and window treatments, keep the colors consistent but use boldly different patterns, such as wide horizontally striped curtains and a paisley printed bedspread or comforter. High-contrast or vividly different patterns visually balance each other, but only when they contain similar colors. Alternatively, dress the bed in white bedding and frame it with brightly colored window treatments to draw attention to it.

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