As with kitchen planning, it's worth listing what you need to store in your bedroom and working out how much hanging- and drawer-space is required. If you are starting from scratch, you can opt for fitted furniture or freestanding designs, or a combination of the two. If there are already cupboards in place, a new paint finish and updated interior fittings will help improve the look. Additional items like a bed-end chest or a multi-drawer cabinet can also provide crucial extra storage.
If you fancy a glamorous hotel-style bedroom opt for a silver and grey palette for the room. A French-chateau style double bed with a curvaceous frame and Rococo details will add a real sense of decadence. Team this luxe look with a glass chandelier and a metallic feature wall.
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.
This beautiful oak bed would grace any country home. The wood is distressed by hand then finished in cotton and linen upholstery, which also rolls sumptuously over the upper edges of the headboard and footboard. Etienne super kingsize sleigh bedstead, £1,499, John Lewis.
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.
Think about how many drawers, shelves and hanging rails you require, and whether you need a combination of full-length hanging space (for longer items like dresses) and half-height rails (for blouses, shirts, skirts and jackets). Adjustable shelves are handy if your needs are likely to change over time.