Never underestimate the value of the space beneath your bed. Even if your room has ample cupboards, shoes and bags seem to gravitate to that forgotten area, so it makes sense to use it properly. Standard bedsteads can be teamed with sturdy under-bed baskets, or even large drawers on castors. Divan beds with drawers are extremely useful, but choose one with a plain fabric cover so you don't need to use a valance sheet and can reach the drawers easily.
A bold floral feature wall adds a bold centepiece to a bedroom. In contrast keep carpets and flooring neutral. Team the look with a dark-wood bed with oversized headboard. Complete the look with white bedlinen and a satin throw and cushions in deep-plum tones.
There are plenty of wardrobe options available to provide the optimum bedroom storage; freestanding wardrobes are versatile and will give your bedroom a relaxed feel, while fitted wardrobes are more streamlined and make better use of awkward spaces. So what's best for you? Check out our top tips for things to consider before you buy.
‘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.'
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.
Fright night: Those with a dramatic purple bedroom scheme get the least sleep on average only 5 hours 56 minutes sleep a night Kristin Perers. In contrast, purple, grey and brown are the worst colour schemes if you want to sleep well.