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.
‘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.'
Put up a peg rail This is an instant way to add more storage to your room, as well as breaking up large areas of block colour. Choose a peg rail in a contrasting shade to the walls and fix up several lengths of it end to end across a whole wall. Use it to hang up mirrors, pictures, scarves, handbags, laundry bags and small trinkets. Perhaps the quickest transformation ever?!
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.
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.
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.