The latest idea is the lift-up bed, where the entire slatted base is raised, usually via a hydraulic system, to reveal a storage area the size of the bed. It's more disruptive than drawers, but an excellent place to stow out-of-season quilts and blankets. There's currently a trend for low, horizontal chests of drawers, good news if you want to store bulky items such as blankets or big jumpers.
Frame a sheet of gift wrap The next time you're shopping for gift wrap, consider it in a different light. Are there any designs that stand out to you? Gift wrap is amazing value compared to art prints, so if you find something beautiful, frame it so you can enjoy it every day.
If your bedroom could do with a refresh, but you haven't got the budget for a new decorating scheme, try simply adding a new feature to a wall instead. Take a look at our six top ideas for adding interest to bedroom walls.
Other colours with a positive effect include yellow, which creates a warm and cosy atmosphere, stimulates the nervous system and aids relaxation. Green also creates a restful, calming environment, essential to inducing sleep. It's not surprising that blue came out top in the study,' says Colour Therapy and Holistic Interior Design Consultant, Suzy Chiazzari. Psychologically we relate blue to calm waters and blue sky, which we find very soothing.
Sometimes the simplest design tricks are the most effective. Spelling out an uplifting, energising or soothing word or phrase can bring a whole new feel to a room. Paint letters in a contrasting colour to the walls to ensure they stand out.
Taking inspiration from classic French designs, this hand-carved bed features an oval motif and can be ordered with a caned or panelled headboard and in a range of paint colours, including antiqued finishes. Anton Elysian Middle bed, £5,878, Leporello.
‘This is an amazing result, as there are receptors in the retina of our eyes, which are most sensitive to the colour blue,' says Chris Idzikowski, Sleep Expert at the Edinburgh Sleep Centre. ‘These receptors feed information into an area deep in our brain that controls 24-hour rhythms and affects how we perform and feel during the day.'
And if you're worried about your teenage son, you've got good reason younger single lads, aged between 18-25, are officially the grubbiest age group, with 55% claiming to wash their sheets once every three months or less. The survey, carried out by mattress company Ergoflex, revealed that coupled-up Britons change their sheets most frequently every two weeks while single women change theirs every 2.5 weeks.
Creative types who plump for dramatic purple in the bedroom could be stimulating their minds a little too much, as they only get 5 hours 56 minutes' sleep on average a night. But if you've got a bold purple bedroom scheme, never fear because there's another study that suggests those with purple bedrooms could just be the ones having the most fun.
‘Certain shades of yellow and green are relaxing colours too and are known to reduce stress and aid a good night's sleep.' The sleep study also revealed that 58% of Britons who have a blue bedroom regularly wake up feeling happy, while 22% who sleep in a green bedroom wake up feeling positive and upbeat.