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How to Decorate Above Your Bed in Earthquake Zones

Three Unique Alternatives For Decorating Above the Bed

I'm often momentarily swayed by a gorgeous photo of a large-scale painting above a bed, or a series of framed black-and-white photographs. Then I remember that I live in earthquake country. And even if I didn't, I wouldn't want a hard, heavy object directly over my bed. Even the best hanging devices occasionally break, and getting hit upside the head with a pointy, acrylic-on-wood artwork isn't a nice way to wake up by any stretch of the imagination.

For those of us who live in earthquake zones — and it seems that due to fracking, many more of us now are — or who just prefer something a little softer above our sleepy heads, here are three alternatives to heavy photos or artwork above your headboard.

Paint a Mural

Want artwork without the frames, glass, or sharp corners? Apply paint directly to your wall. Hire a local mural artist to paint a unique, commissioned design for your bedroom, or head to a local craft store to pick up stencils and DIY the project yourself.

Keep reading for two more ideas for decorating above the bed.

Try Suzanis and Other Vibrant Textiles


Featured on Design Sponge, Paige Morse's lovely daybed is piled high with a mix of kantha cloths and embroidered pillows, while a gorgeous suzani is hung on the wall. Look to suzanis, African mudcloths, kantha cloths, and other beautiful textiles as alternative art pieces above your bed.

Provide Living Art With Sculptural Plants

Thanks to a clever holder designed by Flora Grubb, you can "float" tillandsia above your bed for a living sculpture effect. These Thigmotrope Satellites ($79 for a set of 3) are the perfect tools for creating your earthquake-safe, living artwork for your bedroom. These steel holders were designed by Flora Grubb and Seth Boor and are exclusive to Flora Grubb Gardens. Made in the San Francisco Bay Area, they're designed to be screwed into a wall and hold tillandsia, also known as air plants. Pick a variety of tillandsia to create your favorite look, or buy several sets of the Thigmotrope Satellites to really make a major statement.

Do you have an unusual idea for decorating above the bed? Share it in the comments!


Elka-Karl Elka-Karl 5 years
 @D-GMomma Ah, husband resistance. I know what that's like! Good luck.
D-GMomma D-GMomma 5 years
I have a tapestry that I LOVE hanging over the bed. And I would REALLLLY like to do a grass cloth accent wall behind it, but I am encountering husband resistance... :-P
Elka-Karl Elka-Karl 5 years
 @Dhara Mistry Hi Dhara, great idea with the polka dots! Did you take photos? It sounds like a really fun and unusual way to decorate above the bed. Thanks for sharing.
Dhara-Mistry Dhara-Mistry 5 years
Hey Elka, my husband and I recently bought a house and we're in the process of decorating it. Our rooms have white walls and carpet and i can't wait to add a bit of color to it. When I was living in my apartment, I bought about 100 colorful polka dots stickers about 4inches in diameter and pasted them on the wall over my bed. That gave a very fresh look to the room. I like the mural idea as it's a great DIY project and an exciting way to decorate the room. Something new that I haven't tried before. Thanks much for sharing your ideas here!
JensDreamDecor JensDreamDecor 5 years
very lovely, especially the padded headboard!
Patrick2437198 Patrick2437198 5 years
Great post for everyone, even if they're not in an earthquake zone!   I have always loved wall art above a bed, and fabric throws, tribal blankets, even rugs are gorgeous on the walls! They can be hung flat or even draped for more dimension.    Love keeping up with you...Happy Wednesday!   Patrick Landrum, Interior Designer PL&D/Patrick Landrum Design  
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