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.'
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.
Again, these come in Duck Egg and Natural, as well as Lavender. Why not pop them in a corner near a window and create your own snug spot for reading or curling up with a cheeky gin and tonic? Anyway, you'll sleep even more soundly knowing that these and all the upholstered products in the Heart of House range come with a two-year guarantee, while the upholstery frames themselves are guaranteed for five years.
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.
You can't make much more of a statement with your bedding than with this bright-pink flamingo set. It's colourful, it's on trend and, best of all, the price is low enough that you won't feel bad if you should want a change after a while. A great buy!
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.