The latest idea is the lift-up bed, where the entire slatted base is raised, usually via a hydraulic system, to reveal a storage area the size of the bed. It's more disruptive than drawers, but an excellent place to stow out-of-season quilts and blankets. There's currently a trend for low, horizontal chests of drawers, good news if you want to store bulky items such as blankets or big jumpers.
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.
Hang industrial lighting for the final finishing touch to this contemporary scheme. Look for bare light bulbs, and hang them in a cluster for a statement focal point. This look is all about luxurious textures so choose heavy velvet curtains, silk cushions and soft chenille rugs for a sumptuous boudoir that's a restful retreat.
Dark wooden furniture adds to the cosy feel, try Dunelm for a selection of styles. Dress your bed with dark and light elements; crisp white bed linen and dark, patterned cushions and quilts will create a smart, balanced look.
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.
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.