Ever wonder why waking up in a hotel room can be so refreshing? The reason lies in the color of the sheets. It turns out that the best hotel beds are white. According to an informal study by the Huffington Post, “white is a symbol of luxury, and the bet is that you’ll feel more luxurious — and sleep more luxuriously! — in a white bed.” Erin Hoover of Westin Hotels agrees. “Visually, the idea of the white bed is important. Something about an all-white bed connotes luxury and a good night’s sleep.”
White is simple and inviting, and although white sheets are notoriously difficult to keep clean (think – if you dare – about some of the stains a hotel’s laundry service has to deal with). Westin Hotels decided to go with an all-white hotel bed in the 1990s, and the results were clear. “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 says. “It had a huge impact.” While waking up in an all-white bed is probably refreshing, I suspect that something else has been overlooked: A hotel room is usually cleaner and neater than your bedroom, and your sleep probably wasn’t disturbed by children and/or pets.