Hang industrial lighting for the final finishing touch to this contemporary scheme. Look for bare light bulbs, and hang them in a cluster for a statement focal point. This look is all about luxurious textures so choose heavy velvet curtains, silk cushions and soft chenille rugs for a sumptuous boudoir that's a restful retreat.
‘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.
Frame the bed with statement patternGive your bedroom scheme some lasting impact by adding an area of striking pattern. If your budget is tight, just cover one feature wall or chimney breast in a patterned paper. The large-format bouquets in this bright design prove that florals can be used to great effect in contemporary schemes as well as country looks.
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.
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.
Up-and-coming interior stylist Holly Phillips, 28, grew up in a creative, bohemian household in Cornwall. ‘My dad's an artist and my mum's into craft, so I think they influenced me a lot,' she says. Holly graduated from Solent University in 2008 with a degree in Interior Design and Decoration and soon found she was drawn to styling. ‘I read an online profile of an interior stylist and suddenly everything clicked into place,' she explains. ‘I knew that was what I wanted to be.'