Choosing a Color for Bed Sheets
Being able to pour a few drops of bleach into the washing machine, though, isn’t the only reason to consider white sheets. An all-white sheet load also means that you don’t have to sweat things like color fading from too many washes (or simply from the sun shining into your bedroom). You can also set the washer and dryer to the highest heat settings for a more thorough cleaning and drying; with grey or beige sheets, doing so can damage the color. Finally, and most simply, a white sheet set is gorgeous. Along with a white duvet, it can truly make a room pop and feel brighter, bigger, airier and fresher!
Of course, the color of sheets isn’t just about “cleanability” – it’s also about style. And your sheets aren’t the only things that will be going on your bed; you’ll also have to take into consideration your duvet, throw blankets and throw pillows.
It’s often because of these other things – the duvet, throw blankets and throw pillows – that people choose grey sheets. Dark and bold, grey is a great way to define lighter-colored accent pillows and linens.
Another reason beige rocks? It’s the color of, like, 99.999% of things in nature. (Rocks, sand, trees, animals, plants? They make up a good chunk of the outside world, if one were to just guesstimate!) Beige is such an innate part of nature, that, in fact, the color “natural” is beige! For these reasons, beige in the bedroom can infuse a breath of fresh air, creating an outdoors-in feel and blending your window’s scenery with your bedroom’s interior.
Stains on beige sheets won’t exactly hide, and they aren’t exactly as easy to clean as white sheets, but there are several tricks you can try to get them out. First, scrub a liquid detergent into the stain before washing it; let it sit for a few minutes, then launder according to the label on the sheets. Another method is to soak the stain in cool water (as soon as the stain occurs – letting a stain go could lead to permanence) overnight, and then pretreating it with stain remover. No matter the stain or treatment method, the main thing to know about beige sheets is that you cannot use bleach detergent and you should avoid washing them with non-beige colors.
While the color associations of blue and beige are plenty, off white doesn’t connote a ton of imagery. This can be to cream sheets’ advantage; as you fall asleep in a bed of warmly-tinted white sheets, your mind is less likely to wander, and you’re more likely to focus on the calming and comforting properties of the sheets themselves.
Cream-colored and off white sheets carry an old-fashioned coziness. Still white, they can brighten up a room – while simultaneously warming it up. Off white sheets also work best in vintage-inspired styles like shabby chic, mid-century modern and rustic. Try pairing a set of off white linens with a lacework pillow or an orange blanket to bring out its tones. As with any color of sheets, certain varieties of off-white sheets come with a slight sheen; combined with sunlight or moonlight, this sheen creates a subtle silvery finish – that can reflect the light from outside and add a magical effect.
When deciding between off white and white sheets, choose off white for its calming properties and white for its easier cleanability. (You can also consider switching colors as seasons turn; white works well in the summer months, and off white in the winter months!)