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.
Taking inspiration from classic French designs, this hand-carved bed features an oval motif and can be ordered with a caned or panelled headboard and in a range of paint colours, including antiqued finishes. Anton Elysian Middle bed, £5,878, Leporello.
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.
Be bold drench your room in indigo blue. A saturated scheme requires some pluck, but the effect is so dramatic, it's well worth taking the plunge. Choose a deep shade of dark blue for the walls, then paint the skirting boards to match and go for a carpet in the same shade for an inky scheme that's ultra-chic.
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.
Imogen 100% cotton percale 180 thread count bed linen, £15 for an Oxford pillowcase and £70 for a double duvet cover, Joules. Pale blue and fresh white create a seaside vibe, although it's bluebirds rather than seagulls you'll find on this bedding. This set is ideal for a guest room as it's neither too feminine or masculine and has a timeless feel that is set to last.