Love it or Leave it?

why not?

I came across this image from D Magazine earlier this summer and stumbled upon it again this afternoon and it got me thinking. What are your thoughts on such a massive, all-encompassing headboard? Given the layout of the room and the fact that there are no real walls to anchor the room, I can certainly see why Jan Showers opted for such a large headboard angled in such a way. Would you have taken the same approach? I have to say, I absolutely love the subdued color palette and the fact that it doesn’t detract from the amazing views. But back to the question at hand, do you love the layout or would you leave it?


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  1. I think for this room — clearly in a high rise building with windows all around — it is FANTASTIC. It looks like a great place to watch some TV at night, read a book, or even curl up for a nap and enjoy the afternoon sunlight. Love it!

  2. Normally, I’d hate it.

    But in this giant, expanse of a room, it needs the feel of some cozy and of an actual “room” where there kind of isn’t one.

    I love it. The color, the styling, the accesories. Everything about it.

  3. Love the colors – not a fan of this large headboard angled in this space though – sure it gives them some privacy I guess, but I think the whole allure of a home like that is all the floor to ceiling windows.

  4. PLEASE tell us what the side tables are! I’ve been looking for something like this for a year and these are PERFECT!!!

  5. This room is stunning, but I do understand why she would choose such a massive headboard. Seeing how there are such large windows and nothing to enclose you from view when in bed, this headboard acts as somewhat of shield from sight. But what about the use of beautiful window treatments not to block out the light, but merely add privacy to an intimate room such as a bedroom. I came across your post this afternoon while browsing interior design blogs and the topic of window treatment selection was very interesting to me. It is true that you must dress your windows appropriately to bring out their true beauty. Thank you for writing and as a special thanks to you and your readers, I would like to offer a 20% off coupon using this code upon checkout: BLG20.

  6. I love the headboard but I would never angle the bed, it seems to be floating with no real connection to the left side of the room. Maybe there is a desk back there that I don’t see.

  7. didn’t john saladino show shelter sofas about 20 years ago?

    wing chairs and settles have been around for hundreds of years, for draft protection, but also to satisfy a need to feel safe and enclosed.

    especially now with areas of great glass windows and tall buildings, there’s an urge for a bit of cocooning. this is a lovely solution to the need.

    thanks for showing this, paloma.

  8. I think it’s absolutely beautiful. As others have said, it anchors the space in a room that appears almost without borders. Plus, the color works really well. I also love that they have put it on the bias of the room. Gorgeous.

  9. As many people have commented, we can see why she did it, and it does “function” as a way to get some coziness and privacy…But we don’t think it “works.” For one, based on that photo, it doesn’t look like there are any building anywhere near there, so why the need for such privacy? And, if we lived in a place that had such great open views, we would certainly WANT to see them from bed, not orient the view away from there.
    Having said that, the funny thing is that the furnishings and color scheme of the space look VERY similar to the style of design work that we do…Except that our projects are in the Hamptons, not in a modern high-rise apartment!

  10. I’m going to have to disagree with everyone here. While I will say that the furniture selections and color palette are quite pretty, the oversized headboard makes this look like a bedding display in a furniture store. It also distracts from what should be the focal pointof the room – the view. Creating privacy and coziness in spaces this open can be challenging, but I don’t think this is the way to go about it.

  11. I really like it. Only because the room is so big, the colors aren’t loud and the floor to ceiling windows make it feel that much bigger. When my husband an I bought our house the person before us had a massive headboard that took up the entire back wall. It was way too big and an eye sore. I really think that Jan Showers did a great job.

  12. Stunning headboard! But, in this space NO. Too big and bossy for the otherwise airy, floating quality of the space. I would have addressed the obvious privacy issie with window treatments. Also, not a fan of the diagonal placement. I always want to straighten things out when I see this! Awesome credenza/cabinet and I love the softness of the room against the raw industrial view.

  13. Love, love , love it!!! This is the exact vision I have when we buy our house. I love the nice crisp colors and everything has a clean airy feel. I bought this very magazine and saved it!

  14. actually i would love to see the actual city view while i’m in bed so i would move it toward where the camera is taking the picture from…lovely pallete for sure though..very calming

  15. I really like. Although it depends on the arrangement and colors of the pieces, this one is pretty on key. You’re right that it also doesn’t distract from the view.