Read through interior design magazines or go online and peruse websites for headboard design ideas. Pay close attention to shapes. Try to match the shape and style to other furniture or design elements already in your room. For example, if you have ornately carved furniture in the room already, match your headboard to that style. Sketch the design out on paper if it helps you visualize it. Measure the height and width of your bed, determining what you want the headboard size and shape to be. It can be as simple as a painting a rectangular headboard shape or you can do something more complex and creative.
Keep color in mind, when deciding on a headboard idea. Choose those that complement your room’s existing color scheme. Or if it’s time to refresh your walls, you can paint the room to match your new headboard idea.