Never underestimate the value of the space beneath your bed. Even if your room has ample cupboards, shoes and bags seem to gravitate to that forgotten area, so it makes sense to use it properly. Standard bedsteads can be teamed with sturdy under-bed baskets, or even large drawers on castors. Divan beds with drawers are extremely useful, but choose one with a plain fabric cover so you don't need to use a valance sheet and can reach the drawers easily.
Smart panelled bed linen, dressed with textured throws, cushions and a striped bed runner has the wow factor for your home. Set plump pillows up straight against your headboard and keep neat and crease-free for true boutique hotel style. Think of a grand old country manor hotel and this is probably what you'd imagine the bed linen to be like. Classic, luxurious and elegant, with a subtle damask design, it's impossible not to want to slip under the covers of this beautiful bedding.
Create a sleek urban hotel-style bedroom with tartan-checked flooring in black and white. Team this modern look with a black wooden framed bed and square-shaped lampshades. Paint walls an icy blue for a super-stylish finish.
Go for an upholstered button-back headboard like this one from Made for a smart but soft look, then layer the bed with quilts in grey and charcoal to soften the look further with texture. A statement white light fitting looks stunning against a black wall. Try this one from Heal's. Accessorise with white photo frames from The White Company and flowers to complete the look.
‘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.'
Most bedrooms will benefit from fitted furniture a good designer will be able to solve the problems of awkward angles, uneven alcoves and out-of-proportion walls to present a sleek, uniform appearance. Even if the fitted section is restricted to one wall, it will still provide generous hanging and shelf space. L-shaped bedrooms lend themselves to being split into sleeping and wardrobe areas: depending on the layout, you can either have a door leading to a walk-in wardrobe with open shelves and rails beyond, or just a separate space with a traditional wardrobe.