Dark wooden furniture adds to the cosy feel, try Dunelm for a selection of styles. Dress your bed with dark and light elements; crisp white bed linen and dark, patterned cushions and quilts will create a smart, balanced look.
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.
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.
There's no better time of year to freshen up the bedroom than spring and this season we've set our sights on the trend for urban living. Although monochrome provides the basis for the look, shades of grey and subtle bursts of brighter yet easy-to-live with colours soften the effect, and are paired with organic, textural materials. Think weathered wood, soft-to-the-touch fabrics and utilitarian furniture and accessories.
There are plenty of wardrobe options available to provide the optimum bedroom storage; freestanding wardrobes are versatile and will give your bedroom a relaxed feel, while fitted wardrobes are more streamlined and make better use of awkward spaces. So what's best for you? Check out our top tips for things to consider before you buy.
Lexington's new bedding and bathroom collection, the Urban Collective Collection, (above) encapsulates the style with aplomb. The company has found inspiration in New York, more specifically Brooklyn, and, as everybody knows, New York never goes out of fashion. The Urban Collective Collection consist of a poplin bedding in three colours, white, grey and green, a graphic sham, bedspreads, throws, terry towels in white and grey and a bathrobe. The range has a pared-back feel, incorporating sober hues against crisp white, all given a lift by a flash of deep mustardy green and subtle stripes and pattern. It's designed to appeal to young, sophisticated and vibrant urbanites, who are keen to invest in high-quality pieces that will stand the test of time.