“Linen, velvet, wool – they all work really well. Just as with other upholstered items in your home, you should be mindful of each textile’s character. For example, velvet on a headboard will have pile marks as you move against it, which some people will love, and others will find irritating. It looks so decadent though.
“If you’ve chosen a heavily buttoned headboard, like our Charlotte design, a plain fabric is generally better. If you were to use our Emma textile, the pretty rose motif would be broken up too much by the buttons. Olivia or George would be much better headboards for this type of print. Fabrics with a stripe or grid design work best with a straight-lined headboard too.
“On the subject of pattern, if you have wallpaper behind the bed that’s patterned, choose a plain textile for your headboard if you don’t want things looking too busy. If high-contrast is your thing though, pattern on pattern can be loads of fun.
“If you’ve chosen a headboard with studs, like Charlie, remember that we change the colour of the stud depending on what fabric you choose. So, if you want a particular stud colour to complement the rest of your furniture, make sure you choose a fabric that works with that stud colour too.
“Lots of ifs I know!
“The other thing to say is that patterned fabrics are generally more forgiving when it comes to marks and scuffs. That’s another big practicality tick to end on too!”