Faded florals, vintage styles and smoky colours bring tranquillity into the bedroom, a famous designer told the Southern Reporter. Rachel Ashwell's shabby chic style is sought-after by many who wish to recreate the country-bedroom look she champions, and if you start with a beautiful white bed and follow her advice, you'll be able to do just that. "I love faded florals," she said, "with vintage scatter cushions on the bed for summer days, [which] conjure an eclectic, romantic, inviting and soft atmosphere." In case you doubted the importance of the white bed, Ms Ashwell went on to say: "Traditional furniture, either in light or bleached wood or in distressed finishes in whites or greys, won’t dominate and will impart a tranquil feel." The idea is to keep colours muted to aid relaxation and peacefulness, and the designer practices what she preaches, confiding that for her own bedroom she has splurged on luxurious silk curtains and even a chandelier. She does, however, express a down-to-earth side, saying that she keeps a set of photographs on her bedside table.