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Why hotels use white sheets and why I copied them

Given the amount of people that sleep, eat and other things in between the sheets of a hotel bed, having white sheets seems counterintuitive. Here’s why it’s not.


The child of a travel industry mum spends a lot of time on planes and in hotels. We’re the ones who, on first cleaning the bathroom, likely folded the end of the toilet paper roll into a triangle. 


So when a friend who had come to stay for the weekend accused/commended me for setting up the place like a hotel (provision of her personal locally made bathroom provisions, the use of spare Myki cards and white sheets and towels), I wasn’t sure I could have done it any other way.


“But why the white bedding?! You’ve got two dogs and a two year old.”


First, there’s the aesthetic value.


“Visually, the idea of the white bed is important," Erin Hoover, vice president of design for Westin and Sheraton hotels told Huffington Post


"Something about an all-white bed connotes luxury and a good night's sleep."


According to Hoover, back in the day, the all white bed in a hotel was an unpopular idea, as many assumed that the work required to clean them outweighed any of their perceived positives. But after a trial, Westin designers were convinced white bedding was the way to go.


"The all-white bed created this halo effect -- people thought a room had been renovated, even if it was just the bed that had been changed," Hoover explained. 


"It had a huge impact."


And let’s consider renovation for a moment. How often have you at home changed colour schemes when you moved? White sheets go with everything! And cool crisp white sheets are as inviting in summer as warm white (flannel sheets) are cosy in winter.


But what about washing you say? I wouldn’t want dirt or stains on any sheets regardless of colour, but with white sheets, when it comes to laundry day, if there’s a stain, I can soak it out or at absolute worst, there’s always bleach. Easy.


Now to watch an online video to teach me how to fold my towels into swans.


Written by: Gaya Avery
Published: 10 November 2017

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