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.
Pros: If you're faced with a problem area or an awkward space, or have very specific storage requirements in mind custom-made to fit can offer the perfect solution. Fitted wardrobes can be designed to fit around awkward angles, sloping ceilings and uneven walls, making the most of any space. Cons: Although often the best solution fitted wardrobes are a far more expensive option and need to be designed and fitted by an expert.
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.
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.
Take inspiration from boutique Edinburgh hotels and decorate your bedroom in a masculine, Scottish style for a smart look. Be bold go for a tartan patterned carpet in chic black and white. It's stylish but will also hide dirt and fluff so it's practical, too. Very has a tartan rug that would work well if you aren't feeling that brave.
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.