‘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.'
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.
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.
Sometimes the simplest design tricks are the most effective. Spelling out an uplifting, energising or soothing word or phrase can bring a whole new feel to a room. Paint letters in a contrasting colour to the walls to ensure they stand out.
As with kitchen planning, it's worth listing what you need to store in your bedroom and working out how much hanging- and drawer-space is required. If you are starting from scratch, you can opt for fitted furniture or freestanding designs, or a combination of the two. If there are already cupboards in place, a new paint finish and updated interior fittings will help improve the look. Additional items like a bed-end chest or a multi-drawer cabinet can also provide crucial extra storage.
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.