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.
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.
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.
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.
For freestanding designs measure your space carefully and mark the position of your new wardrobe on the floor using masking tape, so you can check it will fit in comfortably, making sure that doors can open easily without obstructions. Wardrobes can be bulky, so be sure to measure doorways and any narrow landings or hallways to ensure that you'll be able to manoeuvre your wardrobe into place before you order. A flat-packed design might be better if access could pose a problem.
For a boutique hotel look, choose a smart bedstead with sprung slats. Made from birch with a dark stain to enhance the grain, it has a panel of off-white velour on the headboard. Garrat double bedstead, col Dark Chestnut, £800, Laura Ashley.