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.'
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.
Smart panelled bed linen, dressed with textured throws, cushions and a striped bed runner has the wow factor for your home. Set plump pillows up straight against your headboard and keep neat and crease-free for true boutique hotel style. Think of a grand old country manor hotel and this is probably what you'd imagine the bed linen to be like. Classic, luxurious and elegant, with a subtle damask design, it's impossible not to want to slip under the covers of this beautiful bedding.
For a harmonious, balanced bedroom that's easy to relax in, get the perfect mix of dark and light colours. Keep carpets or flooring, curtains, three walls and ceiling pale and light to make the room feel spacious but paper the fourth wall with a dark and dramatic patterned paper to inject some colour and warm the look up. Try Wallpaper Direct for some eye-catching designs.
Never underestimate the value of the space beneath your bed. Even if your room has ample cupboards, shoes and bags seem to gravitate to that forgotten area, so it makes sense to use it properly. Standard bedsteads can be teamed with sturdy under-bed baskets, or even large drawers on castors. Divan beds with drawers are extremely useful, but choose one with a plain fabric cover so you don't need to use a valance sheet and can reach the drawers easily.
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.