An eye-catching antique screen gives this bed dramatic flair.
Headboard Appeal
A soothing shade of terra-cotta covers the walls and ceiling, providing a quiet backdrop for the bolder fabrics, black trim, and oak headboard
| Credit: Laurey W. Glenn/ Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

Designing a bedroom around a headboard you haven't even found may be a bit unusual, but that's basically what Michael and Suzie Lyons did. "We didn't want a standard headboard," says Michael. "We wanted something that would make a statement." Michael, an architect, drew plans for their Dallas primary bedroom that focused on the anticipated perfect find. A foyer area and double doors with an oversize opening were planned to make the ideal frame for a headboard. With the help of designer Betty Glaspy, the Lyonses discovered a beautifully carved screen, which was then reupholstered and mounted on the wall behind the bed.

Soft and Strong Colors

The almost-black finish of the screen inspired other choices in the room. The crown molding, baseboards, doors, and casements were painted black to mimic the piece. "Black sets a framework for the rest of the colors and makes them stand out more," says Michael. A subdued terra-cotta shade covers the walls and ceiling, softening the black. The color was pulled from a favorite print fabric. "It's a little unexpected based on the bolder colors used in the rest of the house, but it makes an inviting, quiet statement," says Betty. "And there are touches of red in the other fabrics to tie in with other downstairs rooms."

Fabrics and Finishes Merge

Those fabric prints also bring liveliness to the room. A crewel design, used for the comforter and pillows, pops off a black background and stands out against the muted carpet. It's joined by a wavy-patterned print in shades of brown, tan, and clay with bits of green.

Pillows in varying fabrics, textures, and trims add personality to the bed. "Decorative pillows such as these remind me of an Oriental rug; they just blend in and pick up other colors in the rest of the room," says Betty. The Lyonses favor tailored over frilly, so Betty used flanges and cording on the shams instead of ruffles and tassel trim.

A pretty terra-cotta damask makes up the one-of-a-kind headboard. Its tone-on-tone design doesn't take away from the screen's carvings and intricate design. The headboard retains its dramatic presence--which is the whole point after all.


Page 101: Architecture by Michael Lyons Architect, Dallas, (214) 256-9600; interior design by Betty Glaspy, Interior Ideas, Inc., Ennis, Texas, (972) 878-6868; antique headboard and throw pillows from Interior Ideas, Inc.; wall color is Terrazzo Tan, Pittsburgh Paints,; crown molding and baseboard color is Phantom Mist, Pittsburgh Paints; fabrics (D): bed coverlet, Kravet Couture, #16820-824; dust ruffle and Euro shams, Stroheim & Romann, 6669A-0940; window treatments, Fabricut, Rene, color is clay; chair and ottoman, Lee Jofa, Rajasthan Weave-jewel, #970007; headboard, Scalamandre, San Paulo, #26208-010.

This article is from the December 2004 issue of Southern Living.