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.
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.
Frame a sheet of gift wrap The next time you're shopping for gift wrap, consider it in a different light. Are there any designs that stand out to you? Gift wrap is amazing value compared to art prints, so if you find something beautiful, frame it so you can enjoy it every day.
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.
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.