‘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.'
Go for an upholstered button-back headboard like this one from Made for a smart but soft look, then layer the bed with quilts in grey and charcoal to soften the look further with texture. A statement white light fitting looks stunning against a black wall. Try this one from Heal's. Accessorise with white photo frames from The White Company and flowers to complete the look.
Frame the bed with statement patternGive your bedroom scheme some lasting impact by adding an area of striking pattern. If your budget is tight, just cover one feature wall or chimney breast in a patterned paper. The large-format bouquets in this bright design prove that florals can be used to great effect in contemporary schemes as well as country looks.
Break up plain walls and lift a bedroom scheme with a textural piece of art. This simple wooden cut-out design lends an exotic feel to a glamourous, hotel-style scheme. Choose a piece that is the right size to balance with the furniture in the room.
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.
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.