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.
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.
Up-and-coming interior stylist Holly Phillips, 28, grew up in a creative, bohemian household in Cornwall. ‘My dad's an artist and my mum's into craft, so I think they influenced me a lot,' she says. Holly graduated from Solent University in 2008 with a degree in Interior Design and Decoration and soon found she was drawn to styling. ‘I read an online profile of an interior stylist and suddenly everything clicked into place,' she explains. ‘I knew that was what I wanted to be.'
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.
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?!
For freestanding designs measure your space carefully and mark the position of your new wardrobe on the floor using masking tape, so you can check it will fit in comfortably, making sure that doors can open easily without obstructions. Wardrobes can be bulky, so be sure to measure doorways and any narrow landings or hallways to ensure that you'll be able to manoeuvre your wardrobe into place before you order. A flat-packed design might be better if access could pose a problem.