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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
‘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.'