With spring on the horizon (almost!), and designers launching their latest bed linen collections, there couldn't be a better time to give your bedroom a little bit of love and attention.
After all, it's the most intimate room in the house, where we go to unwind and relax and, if we're lucky enough, where we spend a third of our lives sleeping.
A haven of tranquility with plenty of scope for personal touches, simple pleasures such as soft cotton sheets, a boudoir cushion and a throw can evoke a feeling of wellbeing, enhance your space, and be an open invitation to come to bed.
"'For a fresh, elegant look for spring bedrooms, white or champagne tones are timeless, romantic and naturally calming, making the perfect antidote to a busy day," says Julie Hall, head of design at Bedeck. "As in fashion, the addition of stylish accessories can give the bedroom personality, while layering the bed will create the complete effect."
Indeed, scattering softly-coloured decorative cushions and a beautiful throw at the bottom of the bed for a neutral but textured look, adds interest without overwhelming the scheme. And if you can't resist decorative details for a more luxurious feel, delicate lace borders, embroidery, seersucker, or a subtle floral pattern in a muted colour palette are right on trend for 2015.
"The most important thing about your bedroom is that it reflects your personal style and taste; it has to be a place that you want to be. Whether you share or have the room all to yourself, make it your favourite place to relax," advises Molly Freshwater, Secret Linen Store founder.
Classic, timeless designs, combined with the highest attention to detail, seem to be the ideal way to create a tranquil feel to your sleeping space and work the 'boutique hotel' look without feeling like a guest under your own roof.
And in keeping with the mode for a subtle palette, bestsellers are still white, cream and pale grey - but, according to Liam Butler, brand director at Achica, there's a definite trend for colour. As a result, Achica's buying team have developed a range - which will be available late spring - featuring hot pinks and cobalt blues that can be layered into white and pale grey.
"Coloured bed linen is an easy way to update a neutral scheme and add personality," says Butler. "Our customers are also more savvy when it comes to quality. The Achica 1000 thread count linen range is by far the best seller within the current collection, and we'll be focusing on expanding our highest quality ranges for 2015."
The height of luxury and Rolls-Royce of bed linen sets, 1000 thread count is the highest quality yarn and will sustain more wear and tear than lower, say between 200 and 600, threads.
As Paul Deckland, decorative bed linens buyer at John Lewis, points out: "Thread count is the number of yarns packed into every square inch of fabric. The higher the thread count, the softer the bed linen - think crisp and sumptuous hotel sheets.
"High quality Egyptian cotton bedding is an ideal option," advises Deckland. "It's supremely soft and also exceptionally hard-wearing, thanks to the longer threads of the Egyptian cotton plant which are stronger and more durable than other cottons, so your sheeting will last for years to come, wash after wash."
Other designers, such as Dorma, have also introduced a higher quality thread count to their luxury bedding collections to help meet customer demand.
"This season, we have gone one step further with our most luxurious bed linen to date, a true 1000 thread count, which complements our indulgent Pyrenean goose down duvet and pillows, and our goose feather and down topper, for the most extravagant night's sleep," says Sarah Williamson, Dorma design and brand development manager.
"A beautiful white bedroom, layered with elegant neutrals is always a trend statement," adds Williamson. "In addition, we are seeing more soft greys and gorgeous large-scale florals emerging, with flashes of hot pink as a spring/summer 2015 trend."
If you can't commit to colour and prefer a more homely, pared-back scheme before getting some shut-eye, personalising your bed linen with monogrammed initials will instantly create a luxe feel and dress up the bed without going overboard.
Alternatively, decorative props, such as a vintage trunk or suitcase, will give the room a stylish designer look - and double up as a linen cupboard/extra storage space.
Here are some sleeping beauties to help you get the look ...
- The White Company's Pimlico bed linen collection features Oxford pillowcases, from £50, and duvet covers, from £170. New Arles quilt, from £180; cushion covers, from £35 (thewhitecompany.com).
- Finlay throws in white and soft grey, £140 each; Emilie double duvet cover, from £155 (thewhitecompany.com).
- Ruby bed linen in grey by Holly Willoughby; pillowcases, from £15 a pair; double quilt cover, from £40, available from February 19 (bhs.co.uk).
- Alexa, from the Kylie At Home Collection, features pillowcases from £18; double quilt covers from £85; silver sequinned runner, £80, and a selection of satin and squinned pillows complete the look, available early February (houseoffraser.co.uk).
- Luxurious cushions and a throw can make key pieces look even more inviting. Premier Basics Collection king-size button-back headboard bed, £549; Premier Basics Collection 1000 thread count, items priced from £8.99-£79 (achica.com).
- Lulu tassel detail duvet cover set, double (features duvet cover and housewife pillow set), currently reduced to £40 from £120 (achica.com).
- Coordinate your bed linen, accessories, wallpaper and storage boxes with pieces from the Josette Bedroom collection in Dove Grey. Its cotton bedlinen range is currently on sale, with housewife pillowcases reduced to £16 from £20, and double duvet covers reduced to £56 from £70 (lauraashley.com).
- The Secret Linen Store's sale is also worth a look; Meadow mink cotton bedding set has pillowcases from £12, and double duvet covers from £60 (secretlinenstore.com).
- Rimini Collection double duvet Sset (including housewife pillow set), from £50, part of the Helena Springfield White Collection, available late January (bedeck.com). Cushions from £25; throws from £50, also part of the Helena Springfield White Collection, available late January (bedeck.com). Dunelm Mill's range includes the Dorma Egyptian cotton plain dye 1000 thread count range. Duvet covers, from £69.99; housewife pillowcase, from £14.99, available late January (dunelm-mill.com).
- Soak & Sleep has luxury 600 thread count pillowcases, currently from £11.25 each, which could even be monogrammed with your initials through their Personalisation Service Soak & Sleep, from £4.95 (soakandsleep.com).
- Emma Bridgewater has pretty Rose & Bee bedding: standard pillow case from £9; double duvet from £55. Add interest with charming text-adorned square c ushions, from £28 each (emmabridgewater.co.uk).
- Rose & Bee bed linen from Emmabridgewater.co.uk and (circle) Lulu Tassell duvet set, Achica.com
- Monogrammed pillows, Soakandsleep.com