There's no better time of year to freshen up the bedroom than spring and this season we've set our sights on the trend for urban living. Although monochrome provides the basis for the look, shades of grey and subtle bursts of brighter yet easy-to-live with colours soften the effect, and are paired with organic, textural materials. Think weathered wood, soft-to-the-touch fabrics and utilitarian furniture and accessories.
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.
‘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.'
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.
Be bold drench your room in indigo blue. A saturated scheme requires some pluck, but the effect is so dramatic, it's well worth taking the plunge. Choose a deep shade of dark blue for the walls, then paint the skirting boards to match and go for a carpet in the same shade for an inky scheme that's ultra-chic.
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.