Another benefit of a divan is that you can change the look with a new headboard without buying a new bed. When choosing a mattress, the traditional favourite is a sprung base. Pocket springs in individual casings deflecting independently to support the body is the best example, combined with padding made from natural wool, cotton or flax. Or consider synthetic visco elastic memory foam, which moulds to your shape, or latex, which is durable and resilient. Springs can also be combined with a layer of memory foam.
Paint walls and floorboards white for a calm, serene atmosphere, then choose a modern four-poster bed frame such as these ones from Lombok. Accessorise with leaf-green lamps, like these from Debenhams, vases and bed linen and choose furniture with clean lines, bamboo finishes and geometric patterns. Keep things fresh with zesty green.
Pros: If you're faced with a problem area or an awkward space, or have very specific storage requirements in mind custom-made to fit can offer the perfect solution. Fitted wardrobes can be designed to fit around awkward angles, sloping ceilings and uneven walls, making the most of any space. Cons: Although often the best solution fitted wardrobes are a far more expensive option and need to be designed and fitted by an expert.
Its frame has solid wood feet and comes in a choice of two shades, Duck Egg Blue and Natural, although the latter is actually closer to grey. Either would be perfect for relaxed, country-style homes and if you love the look, you might also want to invest in the matching Darcy chair, £249.99, and footstool, £149.99.
When asked whether or not they always changed guest bed sheets after having visitors to stay, just 32% said ‘yes'. Of those who didn't, two-thirds claimed that they left the same sheets on until they'd had ‘several guests' to stay in them. Yuck! Jed MacEwan, the spokesperson for Ergoflex UK, which carried out the survey, said: ‘We were quite alarmed at the apparent lack of basic hygiene from some respondents.
Again, these come in Duck Egg and Natural, as well as Lavender. Why not pop them in a corner near a window and create your own snug spot for reading or curling up with a cheeky gin and tonic? Anyway, you'll sleep even more soundly knowing that these and all the upholstered products in the Heart of House range come with a two-year guarantee, while the upholstery frames themselves are guaranteed for five years.
Imogen 100% cotton percale 180 thread count bed linen, £15 for an Oxford pillowcase and £70 for a double duvet cover, Joules. Pale blue and fresh white create a seaside vibe, although it's bluebirds rather than seagulls you'll find on this bedding. This set is ideal for a guest room as it's neither too feminine or masculine and has a timeless feel that is set to last.
Check into your own pampering space inspired by our pick of the best hotel-style bedroom ideas. Choose a bold colour scheme such as plum or charcoal grey to create an opulent hotel-like feel to your bedroom. Opt for walls and carpet in this rich shade for an ultra-chic backdrop. Dress the bed with high-thread count white bedlinen and plump feather pillows. Pile the bed high with faux-fur and satin cushions.
Opt for a theatrical, French-chateau-style bed ornate carvings, Rococo details and a curvaceous frame; Graham and Green‘s Antoinette bed is perfect for this look. Choose a white or silver-painted bed for a glam look and go for matching bedroom furniture. Pretty metallic wallpaper and a glittery glass chandelier light fitting will complete this decadent scheme. Ooh la la!
Choose a boxy, black wooden bed frame, like this one from Homebase, and go for square shaped lamp shades and smart black and white accessories. Dress the bed simply but smartly with crisp white cotton sheets and a black throw. If you want to inject some colour, keep it cool an icy pale blue on the walls looks super-stylish find paint at Craig and Rose.