For a truly restful night, buy the best bed you can afford. And take your time when choosing, since practicality is as important as good looks. A bedstead creates an instant style statement for the country bedroom, and can be matched with a variety of mattresses. Divan beds offer flexibility go for a sprung base for extra comfort, or try a bed that raises into positions for sitting and reclining.
If you fancy something a bit less upholstered, this Dorset spindle bed with its solid wood frame and stylish spindles would look great in any bedroom. Again, you have a choice of two finishes Putty (shown) or Oak and can opt for king size, £329.99, or double, £289.99. We love the modern country vibe of the Putty finish, while the Oak would look great mixed in with a few pieces of mid-century-modern furniture and a couple of these cotton knitted pods, £49.99 each, at the end of the bed.
Imogen 100% cotton percale 180 thread count bed linen, £15 for an Oxford pillowcase and £70 for a double duvet cover, Joules. Pale blue and fresh white create a seaside vibe, although it's bluebirds rather than seagulls you'll find on this bedding. This set is ideal for a guest room as it's neither too feminine or masculine and has a timeless feel that is set to last.
‘Unclean bed sheets contain tens of thousands of dead skin cells that we shed every night and, by going months without cleaning them, you're risking some distinctly unpleasant consequences every time you go to bed. ‘Dust mites would find a perfect habitat in such unhygienic bed sheets and it's well documented that they can cause allergic flare-ups, asthma, rhinitis and other physical reactions.'
‘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.
Taking inspiration from classic French designs, this hand-carved bed features an oval motif and can be ordered with a caned or panelled headboard and in a range of paint colours, including antiqued finishes. Anton Elysian Middle bed, £5,878, Leporello.