Instead of a headboard, place bookshelves to frame the bed. Add lights for late night reading. This would be great for a guest bedroom. Leave the shelves at the end of the bed empty for the guests to unpack their clothes. or kids room
I like the idea of having a simple shelf above the head of my bed. This would work with the idea of the box lights instead of a headboard - they could hang down from the shelf! And that shelf could hold all of my most treasured books!