The bed, because of its size, almost invariably becomes the center of any room in which it is placed. Current trends in interior decorating suggest pointing up this important piece even more and various devices are used to accomplish this. Intricately quilted spreads in colors once banned from bedrooms are popular at the moment as are wildly printed ones in vivid clashing colors. Used with them, in place of the old fashioned round bolsters or fat, flat pillow shams, are seen collections of small pillows which reiterate the color scheme of the room (just as the ones on a sofa do in the living room) and sometimes even add a brightening accent.
Lately, for use with plain colored spreads, exquisitely printed French flowery-designed pillow covers have become popular for this purpose. Usually scalloped and bound by h a n d in a contrasting color, and done on the finest linen, these have a feminine and decidedly luxurious look. They have the advantage too of being washable and so cannot only be kept looking fresh but also offer the opportunity for seasonal changes.
Newest note of all is to add interest to the wall on which the bed is placed. Sometimes a paper matched to the print of the spread covers the single wall calling attention to it. In other cases; the fabric matching the spread is hung across the entire wall, gathered on a curtain rod hung on the wall at ceiling height. This particular device has the advantage of being a perfect cover-up tor badly worn plaster walls. To cover up a different sort of deficit, a jutting beam on the wall on which he chose to place the- bed in his own small apartment, an industrial designer used a folding screen just behind the head of the bed, eliminating a headboard. It was painted to match the wall but hung on it at random were a number of small black and white prints. In another home where the designer desired to place the bed on a wall with a window (though to the side, rather than directly at the head of the bed) the entire wall was covered with a paneled screen which had cane insets. This provided access to the window, allowed light to come through during the day but also created the feeling of a flat wall without a break on which to place the bed.