White Sheets Vs Dark Sheets: Which One Should You Choose?
Colour has a huge impact on our emotions, perceptions, spiritual, and emotional well-being.
There are colours that instantly lift our mood and psyche. And some colours can stir negative feelings such as restlessness, fear, anger, and stress.
In your bedroom, the colours you pick for your bedroom decor, including your bed sheets, can even help determine the quality of your sleep each night.
But how do you pick the right colour of bedsheets for a good night’s sleep? Do you go for white sheets or dark sheets?
It can be quite a dilemma but don’t worry. We’ll help you decide.
Keep reading to explore the various bed sheet colour options and which ones suit your preferences.
Why You Would Choose White Bed Sheets
White is the colour of perfection. White signifies purity, innocence, wholeness, cleanliness, and completion.
Besides that, white sheets are an awesome addition to your bedding for the following reasons:
White Bed Sheets Are an Easy Update
When you want to give your bedroom a quick fresh new look, think white sheets. Even on a budget, you can still purchase good quality white sheets to spread on your bed.
You’ll love how your bed looks crisp and inviting in new white sheets; clean but not cold.
White Bed Sheets Are Easy to Accessorise
Accents contrast with the white and add flair to your bedroom. They help you create a signature style that makes your bedroom look and feel super cosy.
- Collectables, accessories, and trinkets: to showcase your unique taste and your lifestyle
- Hanging artwork: to create a focal point in your bedroom or inspire the room’s colour scheme
- Area rugs in various sizes: to make a splash in your bedroom and protect your floors, and offer warmth when you step out of bed.
- Accent pillows and bed runners: to create a pop of colour, texture, and pattern to your bedroom
And with white sheets, you don’t have to worry that they won’t match your bedroom accents. They’ll blend in with the rest of your decor and still look effortlessly stylish and on-trend.
White Bed Sheets Are Neither Masculine nor Feminine
Some bed sheet colours such as pink scream feminine. While grey and black sheets are deemed as masculine.
White, however, is deemed a neutral tone.
So if you and your spouse are fighting over bed sheet styles, settle for those sophisticated, dreamy white sheets.
And there will be peace.
By the way, if one of you forgets to make the bed as desired, white sheets still look great even when they are a little dishevelled. A cheeky plus for the people who “forget” to properly make the bed.
White Bed Sheets Can Go Anywhere
Are you running an accommodation business? Use white sheets.
White sheets are the preferred choice for the vast majority of large hotel and motel chains.
- Guests have better sleep and a better perception of the hotel or motel
- White sheets give guests the impression and feel of crisp, clean, and fresh sheets
- White doesn’t bleed, so it’s easier to care and maintain white sheets, along with white towels, bathrobes, and other linen.
The same white sheets will still look great on a home bed, daybed, guest bed, or window bench.
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Downsides of White Bed Sheets:
As amazing as white sheets sound, they do have their disadvantages. Here are a few:
- Show the dirt (although that can be a good thing)
- Show every single stain imaginable
- You worry about dropping or bringing anything stain-worthy near your bed
- Your beloved pet and their dirty paws suddenly become Public Enemy Number One
Neutral Bed Sheet Alternatives to White
Did the downsides of white sheets dampen your excitement? Or maybe you find white sheets too clinical? Consider these other neutral colour alternatives to white.
These other colour options aren’t as bright as white but are more soothing to the eye.
Like delicate shades, steely greys, rich browns and warm earthy tones.
When you’re feeling adventurous, try to intermix the neutral colours for a more visually appealing look. For example, mix beige sheets with white sheets.
When You Would Choose Dark Bed Sheets
Maybe you find the white, ivory, cream white, and other neutral bed sheet colours too plain? Or you want to go bold and make a statement with your bed linen? Then it’s time to think dark, solid-coloured sheets.
Like electric blues, fresh greens or regal purples.
There are a plethora of various hues that are all pleasing to the eye, so you’re bound to find a colour that suits your style.
Let’s explore your dark sheets colour options.
Blue Bed Sheets
Muted shades of blue make the most conducive sheets for sleep. They have a soothing effect on your mind that produces a calming effect.
However, too much exposure to blue can have depressive effects. So don't decorate your entire bedroom in blue. Instead, use subtle hints if blue; blue bed sheets, blue rug, or blue lighting.
Get some blue bedroom decor inspiration from this guide by Elle Decor.
And then get yourself some blue sheets:
Green Bed Sheets
Green sheets are pleasant and soothing to look at. They help you relax and alleviate your body from stress. With the healing and hygienic effect of green, you’re bound to enjoy a restful night when you sleep on green bedsheets.
Black Bed Sheets
Use black sheets to give your bedroom a sophisticated and classy look.
As a bonus, black doesn’t show stains which means less stress for you.
Shades of black include ebony, jet, ink, lampblack, coal, soot, charcoal, raven, midnight, obsidian, onyx and sable.
But be careful; too much black can be overwhelming. Learn from House Beautiful how to set the right mood in your bedroom with black.
Purple Bed Sheets
Purple sheets bring mystery and charm into your bedroom and can help set a more romantic mood.
But again, use it sparingly, because too much purple in the bedroom can encourage introspection and evoke a sense of melancholy.
Use these purple bedroom ideas as inspiration.
Shades and tints of purple include violet, plum, lavender, lilac, puce, thistle, orchid, mauve, magenta, royal, amethyst, wine, pomegranate, eggplant, mulberry, plum, lilac, thistle, orchid, and mauve.
Grey Bed Sheets
Grey is a cool, neutral, and balanced colour that may seem emotionless and moody. No wonder it is often associated with loss or depression.
However, in the bedroom, dark, charcoal grey sheets can communicate some of the strength and mystery of black. It’s a sophisticated colour that lacks the negativity of the colour black. Light greys can also carry some of the attributes of the colour white, depending on the lighting.
Grey sheets look elegant while perfectly matching existing bedroom colours.
However, you should use grey sparingly as it can create unsettling feelings.
Shades of grey include charcoal, slate, iron-grey, ashen, lead, mousy, gunmetal, silver, dove grey, powder grey, oyster, pearl, taupe, sere and Payne’s grey.
Brown is a natural warm colour that’s typically associated with the seasons of autumn and winter. Brown is the colour of our soil, growth, fertility and earth.
Use brown bedsheets to add comfort and stability to your bedroom and enjoy the cosy, relaxed and warm feeling they elicit.
Other Surprising Bed Sheet Colour Options
Silver has a luxurious look and sleep-inducing properties that can help you fall asleep faster. Don’t be surprised when you wake up ready to work out because people who sleep in silver decorated rooms tend to be more motivated to exercise.
Pink Bed Sheets
Pink is a delicate, sweet, trendy colour that symbolises tenderness, romance, love, and affection. Pink represents friendship, affection, harmony, inner peace, and approachability.
Use hot pink bed sheets to create a playful feel for your bedroom. Alternatively, use light pink bedsheets to communicate tenderness.
Red Bed Sheets
Red is an intense colour that’s packed with emotion. It’s a hot, strong, stimulating colour that can bring out the feelings of love, passion, desire, heat, longing, lust, sexuality, sensitivity, romance, joy, strength, leadership and courage.
Too much red can cause loss of temper, agitation, anger, and overbearing, demanding, and oppressive behaviours.
Too little red can lead to lethargic, cautious, whiny, and manipulative feelings. To get out-of-control emotions under control, add green, the opposite of red. To help dispel exhaustion, add more red.
Orange Bed Sheets
Orange is a bright, optimistic, and energetic colour that stimulates mental activity and increases oxygen supply to the brain.
When you pair orange bed sheets with earthy colours such as brown within your bedroom you can create a tranquil haven that feels cosy and relaxed.
Yellow Bed Sheets
Yellow is a warm, comforting and relaxing colour. Yellow, the colour of sunshine, encourages good mood. Use yellow bed sheets to feel cheerful and lively.
However, too much exposure to yellow can cause fatigue. Mix and match your bedroom decor. This Pinterest board has some amazing yellow-themed ideas.
So Many Bed Sheet Colours! Which is Best?
Spoilt for choice? Now that you’ve discovered such a diverse selection of colours to make your bedroom look stunning?
Here’s an idea: Go with the bed sheet colour that suits your needs and preferences.
White sheets are a favourite for commercial accommodation facilities like hotels and motels. But that shouldn’t restrict you to neutral-coloured sheets.
For home use, you are at liberty to try out colours that tickle your fancy; white sheets, dark sheets, or the brightly coloured sheet options.
Whatever colour option you choose, just make sure you source the highest quality sheets that you know won't run or fade and will feel great against your skin for years, wash after wash.
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Feature photo by Jason Abdilla, photo one by Greg Rivers, photo two by Kam Idris on Unsplash