It made sense because the rooms were small and plain and boxy, without decorative elements like moldings and trims, and lacking focal points. Maddy's mattress was on a metal frame and needed a headboard of some sort. Olivia's iron bed was perfect for draping a fabric canopy behind because the fabric would still be visible and eye-catching behind the thin iron scrollwork.
I love the idea of using canopies and draped fabric as headboards. For all the reasons below, they have a huge impact in plain rooms that really need to be punched up. Here's all a fabric over the bed can do.
Add character and architecture with a structured canopy.
Add a sense of enclosure and coziness.
Add pattern and color.
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Add softness to a small boxy room.
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Create a focal point.
What do you think? Have you draped a fabric behind a bed as a headboard? Would you?