There's no better time of year to freshen up the bedroom than spring and this season we've set our sights on the trend for urban living. Although monochrome provides the basis for the look, shades of grey and subtle bursts of brighter yet easy-to-live with colours soften the effect, and are paired with organic, textural materials. Think weathered wood, soft-to-the-touch fabrics and utilitarian furniture and accessories.
Create a sleek urban hotel-style bedroom with tartan-checked flooring in black and white. Team this modern look with a black wooden framed bed and square-shaped lampshades. Paint walls an icy blue for a super-stylish finish.
Want a good night's slumber? Well, according to a new study the answer is to decorate your bedroom blue. The study of 2,000 British homes for Travelodge hotels reveals how bedroom colour schemes affect the quality and quantity of sleep that Brits get every night. Blue is the best colour to decorate your bedroom if you want a good night's sleep with this colour scheme resulting in an average of 7 hours and 52 minutes' sleep each night.
We had to rub our eyes to check we weren't dreaming when we first saw these new designer-look beds from Argos' new Heart of House collection. With its deeply buttoned headboard and tufted fabric upholstery, we'd expected the Filby bedstead (above) to have price tag of £600-plus, but we were astonished to find it costs from just £199.99 for a double or £229.99 for a king size. Argos, with these beds, you're really spoiling us!
Sometimes the simplest design tricks are the most effective. Spelling out an uplifting, energising or soothing word or phrase can bring a whole new feel to a room. Paint letters in a contrasting colour to the walls to ensure they stand out.
A grey upholstered bed is perfect for a luxury look try Heal's or Argos for similar and go for crisp white bed linen that has a blue border or stripe. Keep furniture sleek and smart, for example, shop for high-gloss side tables instead of traditional bedside cabinets and dress the room with navy accessories with sexy silhouettes.