Photo above by Gemma Comas for Domino, January/February 2006.
For the fabric-obsessed, an upholstered headboard offers an opportunity to use a beloved print in a way that is less costly than covering a whole sofa or wing chair. But this option is a big commitment. Usually a boldly patterned headboard leaves little freedom for changing other elements in a bedroom down the road.
A solid linen headboard though, like Krista Ewart's below, provides graphic punch and versatility.
Photo above by Melanie Acevedo for Domino, June/July 2007.
The same goes for Lee Kleinhelter's tufted-white headboard, below. It is glamorous and flexible.
Photo by Tim Street-Porter for Cottage Living, October 2006.
Striped headboards can be a compromise between a lavish floral and a plain solid. And of course, a fabric-covered screen (or a handsome leather one) can be used in lieu of a headboard, then later moved to another setting.
Photo above by Max Kim-Bee for Domino, June 2006.
To me, half the fun is the hunt for an exciting piece. If you're interested in open-work wood screens or panels, Mandarin Antiques in Atlanta is a great place to explore.