I’m in the market for some new bed sheets, but I’m having a hard time choosing a color. The bed is a big part of the bedroom color palette, especially if you have a small bedroom like me, so choosing the color of the sheets is a huge design decision that impacts the rest of the space. I’m torn between going for the bright, fresh white look of the hotel to brighten up the north-facing room, but I’m also considering a darker, more dramatic style that would make the space feel cozy.
To get an idea of the best bedding sets for the bedroom, I spoke to sleep experts who know a thing or two about how color affects the mood and atmosphere in the bedroom. “There is no mistake or bad choice when it comes to bed sheets, but there is a conscious choice,” says Pedro Haruf of Brazilian interior design firm Estúdio Pedro Haruf. With that in mind, here are the five factors that will help you make the best choice for your room.
1. Think seasonally
First, think about the seasons and choose your bedroom bedding colors accordingly. The amount of natural light your bedroom gets will help you decide whether you want to go light or dark with your sheets. Keep in mind that you are more likely to feel blue in the winter months than in the summer season. If you have a south-facing room, you will likely get more light throughout the day compared to a north-facing room which will feel cold and dark.
“Ultimately, the choice between light and dark bed sheets depends on the amount of natural light the room receives,” says Christabel Magendie, Naturalmat’s resident sleep expert. So, if you want to brighten up a cold, dark, north-facing room, choose something lighter and brighter that will help reflect light around the room. Consider bright white, light pink, or even pale yellow if you want to bring a little sunshine into the room.
2. Consider temperature
In addition to natural light, it’s also important to consider temperature, and going light or dark with your sheets should reflect the weather outside. “Bedsheet colors are always seasonal for us,” says Anne Hindley, designer at Melbourne-based Hindley & Co.
“Light-colored, high-thread count cotton or breathable linens are most attractive for hot weather, and richer, darker-colored linens or flannel look more comfortable in cold weather.”
Not only that, but a light or dark color can greatly impact how warm you feel at night and help you sleep better. “Dark covers also tend to absorb and trap heat more, which can lead to a warmer sleep environment that’s ideal for winter but not for hot sleepers,” says Carly Gasia, certified sleep science coach at Sleep Advisor. So, if you have a south-facing room that receives a lot of heat, your sheets may absorb and retain that heat. By this logic, you should have a dark winter bedding set and a light set for the summer season.
3. Think about the feelings you want to evoke
Color greatly affects the mood and overall atmosphere of a room, and going light or dark with your bedsheets can enhance the feelings and overall atmosphere. “There’s no right or wrong when it comes to choosing the color of your bedsheets, just realize that different colors will evoke different emotions,” says Barbra Bright of Barbara Bright Interior Design.
“Light covers can make a room appear brighter and more spacious, while dark covers can make others feel gloomy,” says Carly Gasia, certified sleep science coach at Sleep Advisor.
“Light bed sheets, especially those in soft, muted colors, can create a calm, calming atmosphere in the bedroom. These shades, such as pastels or gentle whites, tend to evoke a feeling of calm, which can To relax and improve sleep.
On the other hand, darker bed sheets, such as navy blue, green or gray, can also provide a cozy, cocoon-like feel. It can absorb more light, making the bedroom feel warm and comfortable. “Dark shades can also add a touch of elegance and sophistication to a luxurious bedroom,” says Christabel.
Be careful of Bed sheet colors to avoid. Bright colors can have stimulating qualities, evoking different emotions.
4. Choose a shade that looks fresher for longer
There’s no getting away from the fact that even after a night’s sleep in freshly laundered sheets, they can still look a little wrinkled and frayed.
Some fabrics tend to look tired and wear out faster than others. Although I love the qualities of linen (it’s great for keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer), it ends up looking a little wrinkled after just one night. Using your linen sheets to be darker is an easy way to help hide those creations. Think sumptuous chocolate brown and peach for a cozy night-time retreat.
“Lighter sheets tend to reveal dirt and stains more easily, which can be a distraction if you don’t wash them frequently,” says certified sleep science coach Carly. If you want your bedroom to look like a hotel, go for the crisp white look, just keep washing!
5. For a wider color palette for the bedroom
Finally, choose light or dark bedding by looking at the rest of your room. Your bed is by nature a large, dominant piece of furniture, so why not take advantage of this and use it as a color block? Draw inspiration from other colors in your room to create a color palette that harmonizes or contrasts as desired. Look at your rug, artwork, and bedroom wall decor and take your cues from the color wheel.
‘My advice is to choose bed sheets in colors that match the aesthetic of your room. “The color of your bedroom walls will impact the quality of your sleep much more than the color of your sheets,” says Barbara.
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