Want a good night's slumber? Well, according to a new study the answer is to decorate your bedroom blue. The study of 2,000 British homes for Travelodge hotels reveals how bedroom colour schemes affect the quality and quantity of sleep that Brits get every night. Blue is the best colour to decorate your bedroom if you want a good night's sleep with this colour scheme resulting in an average of 7 hours and 52 minutes' sleep each night.
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.
Holly has spent the last few years assisting top stylists and has already built up an impressive client base, including big-name brands such as B&Q and IKEA. She says her look is eclectic, romantic and nostalgic and her favourite part of the job is working with creative people every day and improvising on the spot with props to get great shots.
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.
Low, wide drawers could even be used for shoes and handbags. But if floor space is limited, consider tall, narrow chests with lots of drawers perfect for smaller items such as T-shirts and lingerie. Freestanding wardrobes are less popular then they used to be, but they are still a good choice, especially in a period home with alcoves either side of a chimney breast. Here, a wardrobe positioned in each alcove with the bed opposite and a sturdy set of bedside drawers will cover most storage needs.
Pros: Freestanding wardrobes offer the most versatility in terms of cost and design, and can be taken with you when you move house. Cons: Wasted space if there isn't sufficient storage rails and drawers. There is also a fear of them toppling over, so always be sure to secure them with wall fixings particularly important if you have children.