How to Decorate the Wall Opposite Your Bed

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How to Decorate the Wall Opposite Your Bed
Tom Greenspan
December 21, 2022

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It's been a conundrum that has been around for a long time. What the heck do you do with the wall opposite your bed? Let's assume that there is not a TV on the wall and you are not projecting movies or programs onto the wall.

It's easy to give it a coat of paint, but it's still not being used to its full potential.

In this article, we will give you inspirational ideas on how to make the most of this dead space in your bedroom and make it a meaningful and decorative part of your bedroom decor.

Let's dive in and find out how to make the most of this space and more such as:

  • Do guys like string lights?
  • Adding architectural interest to a bedroom wall.
  • Oriental wall hangings.
  • Will art and sculpture make a difference to your bedroom?

How do I decorate the back wall of my bed?

There is a myriad of ways to improve the wall opposite your bed, some are decorative, and others offer a personal nostalgic vibe to your bedroom.

Here are some tips on how to maximize the full potential of the wall opposite your bed:

  • Consider using stencils to create awesome patterns from geometrical to traditional patterns you would expect to find in a bedroom. Stencils are budget-friendly and a great way to make an uninteresting wall a focal point of the design.
  • Tapestry and wall hangings have been around for millennia and create an awesome wall of interest opposite the foot of your bed.
  • Use a recessed niche, they are easy to install, and with the right lighting and a focal point say an extraordinary ornament or sculpture you can make a wall seem expensively designed.
  • Design a wood wall structure, it's not complicated and can consist of slats that give depth to the wall, it can be a period look or something contemporary.
  • Consider wallpaper, there is some gorgeous wallpaper available that would add depth and color to a bedroom wall that will feel timeless or modern in its design.
  • Paint a mural, it's easy, you don't need to be Michale Angelo to create a mural, make a simple abstract mural with repeating patterns, and you will be stunned at the end result.

1. Nostalgia ain't what it used to be!

The quote is humorous and taken from The Tents of Wickedness” by Peter De Vries. The best way to use an underutilized wall is to make a picture gallery. You can include any snaps you wish as long as they bring happy memories of days gone by.

Although the image is sparse on photos, and hopefully you have boxes full, it works best if you make a photo collage, overlaying the photos to make this awesome nostalgic picture gallery but to give a certain design characteristic to the bedroom wall.

Use double-sided tape to stick your photos to the wall and ditch the corkboard, unless you are going for the retro vibe. Adding string lights is an awesome way of introducing some additional subdued illumination to the bedroom wall.

How to create this look?

It could not be simpler to make a picture gallery opposite your bed. It's a case of sorting through your old photos and selecting the ones that have pleasant memories and great meaning to you.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is a 3.

Cork boards are great for a retro look but will ruin the aesthetic of a classic or contemporary bedroom, so give the cork board some consideration before proceeding. Searching through old photos for hours can be fun and sometimes a little heart-wrenching, so choose your photos that bring positive memories.

2. Guys like string lights too!

String lights bring a different type of vibe to a bedroom. They remind you of festivities around Christmas, so always have a special place in our hearts from childhood. However, string lights are awesome for introducing a soft glow in the bedroom that is both welcoming and satisfying.

Decorating the wall opposite your bed can be a challenge, so keep it simple, and you won't go wrong. Add a few floating shelves into the mix and an artist's mannequin, and you are well on the way to creating an awesome look.

Hanging random objects on a wall opposite your bed may seem like a crazy notion but if the scale of the item is correct, you can make an interesting wall that's a great conversation starter as you explain the intrigues of the items.

How to create this look?

It's a simple process that does not require you to overthink the decor options. Hanging string lights is an easy and clever way to bring some cool lighting into your bedroom. For the rest of the eclectic wall, use your personality and own style preferences to make a wall that reflects you.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is a 3.

Using the Indie design principles is an awesome way to create a wall opposite your bed, it's about you and what you like first and foremost. Use small hooks to drape your string lights.

3. Adjacency contiguity

There may be times when white is the right color for your bedroom, which makes decorating an adjacent wall kind of awkward. You will have to take a step back and think like a simple designer who wishes to inject some color and personality into your bedroom.

A blue world map taped to the wall in a slightly disheveled manner may suggest something interesting about your personality. Surrounding the map with various shaped picture frames makes the wall interesting, if not intriguing, for an adult's bedroom.

A wood desk with a contemporary chair is a classic design cue, it's minimal but not austere, and you will certainly not feel as if you have been sectioned under some obscure law from the 19th century.

How to create this look?

It's a simple design that introduces some intriguing concepts such as empty picture frames and random images. The desk is the central piece of furniture, and everything on the wall revolves around the desk like a satellite.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is a 2.

Not overthinking decor is a great concept, do what you want with the amount of decor that pleases you.

4. Hexagon shelves

If you have a modern bedroom it can be hard to make photo galleries without spoiling or affecting the aesthetic of the bedroom. These floating hexagon shelves are novel and add symmetry to the bedroom wall which creates order in the bedroom. 

With some carefully collected potted plants, the room can take on a different feeling with green foliage. Of course, you could place anything on the shelves from photos to sculptures that remind you of pleasant times.

The floating shelves with the wood hexagon wall tiles are an awesome addition to the wall opposite your bed.

How to create this look?

It's a simple process. You will need to drill the walls to attach the fixings to create the illusion that the shelves are floating. Add whatever you feel would make a good focal point, from old ornaments to photos of your children.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is a 4.

You will need to make the first floating hexagon perfectly level and then work from there, it can be tricky if you use an old drill bit and experience drill wander. 

5. Oriental wall hangings

Wall hangings and tapestry have been used to adorn walls since the 16th century in England, they were used for good reason, they are beautiful and intricate in the weaving process and they make your bedroom feel warm and classy.

But don’t think that all wall hangings/ tapestries have to be intricate,there are wall hangings that are hand painted onto fabric like silk that gives an exquisite effect in a bedroom. Some wall hangings are the structure of rugs and others are simply lightweight artwork.

You can buy original wall hangings online and have them delivered to your home the next day for that feeling of instant gratification.

How to create this look?

Wall hanging designs vary dramatically from the classic designs like in the above image to simple artwork. They are a personal choice and a reflection of your personality and possibly your life experiences.

Hanging a tapestry or wall hanging is easy, they are normally mounted on a pole so you will need to fix the pole supports level and at the correct distance.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is a 4.

If you can measure two points for A to B you can fix a wall hanging on your bedroom wall.

6. Should you add color?

Adding color to the wall opposite your bed can be a contentious issue, what are you achieving? However, if you decide you can add some architectural interest then it's a different story. It may seem like a major undertaking to add architectural interest to a wall but in fact, it can be an easy process and well worth the effort.

Take the wall above, it looks super, but in reality, the frames-work added to the wall is simple, it is about marking the wall out in straight lines, making a grid if you like, and then fasting slim lathes of timber to the wall in rectangles and squares.

It's time consuming, it's fun, and very satisfying, and above all, it's cheap to make. Make as many lines on the wall as you wish with measurements, it is a simple division math to create a wall like this.

How to create this look?

Measure twice and cut once. It's an easy process if you are a DIY enthusiast and it's an easy job for a joiner to complete within a short time, hours not days.

When the design is fixed to the wall and the gaps and nail heads are filled, paint the color of your bedroom.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is a 7.

It's easy if the wall is perfectly straight in all aspects, vertical and horizontal. Make a cut list and pre-cut your timbers slats before nailing them to your wall. It would help tremendously if you can ping a laser line around the room to check for levels.

7. Personal touches

Your bedroom is like no other room in your home, it's intimate and private which gives the bedroom a unique space, Which allows the bedroom to be different, it's yours to throw caution to the wind so add some personal touches to your bedroom wall opposite your bed.

Add a 60s-style vibe to the bedroom to make memories of Chuck Berry and cute girls eating ice cream. The wall is yours to do as you please, add some dark paint, and make a feature wall, if you are into art hang your favorite prints.

Adding plants with great foliage into a bedroom is a marvelous way to contrast colors but the fronds of some foliage are artful designs never to be replicated in nature.

How to create this look?

Head back to the hay days of the 50s and 60s and recreate that vibe, through color and period furniture. Simple pictures will keep the look bright and airy while an awesome light shade will transport you back to those rock and roll days.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is a 6.

It's easy to find period furniture from the 60s, you can search flea markets or garage sales where you can find authentic furniture, if not you can search online and buy replica furniture that looks great also.

8. Art and sculpture

What better way to decorate the wall opposite your bed than with simple sculptures?

The simple white storage unit would be a welcome addition to most bedrooms and the interesting pottery adds texture and symmetry to the bedroom.

The tripod lampstand is a statement of stability and purity with its white lamp shade. The gray tones marry perfectly with everything placed on the storage unit creating harmony and balance.

Looking out onto the mist blue mountains every morning may be your idea of heaven and no one could dispute that the pictures are incredible and introduce an aesthetic of tranquility and calm for nature.

How to create this look?

It's an easy style without too much work on your behalf. The storage is plain and simple yet makes an awesome piece of bedroom furniture.

The pictures are beautiful but they should reflect your personality and yearning to be somewhere else.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is a 5.

The storage unit is contemporary, so you can find this type of furnishing in most online stores and furniture outlets. The pottery is fantastic and adds a dimension of depth and modernity to the bedroom wall.

Pictures are for the owner to decide upon.

Is it hard to decorate the wall opposite your bed?

It takes some thought. For example, if you are a younger adult or teenager, then deciding on a picture gallery is the perfect way to get your favorite photos out of the shoe box in the attic. It's an easy process to put the photos on the wall or corkboard if you want the retro look.

Hanging a few string lights will instill a fantastic feeling and warm glow in the bedroom in general.

However, if you are a mature person, string lights may only come out at Christmas, so you will need to find a way of making the wall opposite the bed interesting to make the bedroom feel cohesive.

Adding paintings that are proportional to the wall space is a great idea, particularly if it is an image that means something to you. It could be a landscape or a flying fortress. Adding a storage unit with some intriguing pottery and a draping vine plant could be all it needs to bring the bedroom together. The key is it's your interest.

Your bedroom is a unique space in your home. It's intimate and private so keep your decor personal, it may be the only room in your home where you are not governed by conformity.