How to Choose the Perfect Linen Colours for Your Bedroom

Over the course of your life, you’ll spend 26 years asleep in bed, which is a pretty incredible statistic. It’s also a reminder that you should always invest in high-quality mattresses, pillows, bed frames, and sheets. After all, you’re going to be spending some serious time in your bed. You might as well make sure that it looks and feels good.

We already know that linen sheets are just about the best thing to put on your bed: durable, temperature regulating, soft and light, it’s kind to skin and helps you sleep like a dream. But when there are such a wide variety of colours to choose from, how do you decide when it comes to shades for your linen sheets?

There are a few handy tips that you can apply when it’s time to make a choice about what colour you want to purchase for your bed. It’s all about considering your personal style, matching your home decor, and your overall bedroom environment.  

Pinstripe and White at home with Jessica Nguyen.

What’s your personal style?  

Your home is often an extension of your wardrobe, which means that if you’re drawn to certain colours when it comes to your personal style, they’ll often be reflected throughout your house. Think about the colours that you love to wear, especially when it comes to your cosiest, softest, most relaxing and soothing items of colour, such as knitwear and loungewear. These are the clothes that will conjure up the warmth and calm vibes that you want when you’re in bed, too. Drawn to oatmeals? You need to get some neutral-toned sheets for your bed. Love an ice grey or a fan of rosy pinks? Try the Drift, Fog or Lavender hues from Bed Threads. That way, getting into bed will activate the same kinds of feelings as you get from pulling on your favourite sweater.

Turmeric and Terracotta at home with Josh and Jenna Densten.

What’s your overall home decor? 

It goes without saying, but when choosing bed linen colours, you need to think about the rest of your house. Do you have a colour scheme at home? If yes, what is it, and how can your bed linen work within that scheme? It doesn’t mean that your bed linen has to perfectly match the colours throughout your home, but ideally you want there to be a theme that runs across the different rooms in your house, and the bedroom is no different. If you’re a fan of monochrome,  then white or neutral sheets will be the ones for you. If your house is a maximalist dream, with plenty of bold colour accents and bright details, you need to try the Turmeric or Rust sheets from Bed Threads.

Oatmeal at home with Lucy Roleff.

What’s the vibe of your bedroom?

The bed is the focal point of your bedroom, and whatever colour you decide to have for your bed linen will change the look and feel of the room. Some colour choices are really crucial in that respect. For example, if your bedroom is small or lacking in light, having white or very, very light-coloured sheets will help the room feel bigger and less dark. Conversely, if you feel like the decor in your bedroom is really sparse, or there’s big expanses of blank wall space, choosing a bright colour for your linen – such as Petrol or Turmeric, for example – will liven up a monochromatic space. Spend some time looking at your bedroom and thinking about the environment you are trying to create there. Sheets, and the colours that you choose for them, are one of the best tools you have to do so.

Olive and Oatmeal at home with Yvonne Starr.

What’s your sleeping style?

If you’re someone who struggles to get to sleep at night, you need to think carefully about the colour of your bed linen. Some shades can be disruptive to circadian rhythms, stimulating the brain and preventing you from getting a good night’s rest. We’re talking about red, for example, which is a big no-no in the bedroom. Here at Bed Threads we don’t sell any colours that will disrupt your sleep patterns. But if you’re someone who does need a little extra help nodding off, it makes sense to choose a colour that will be the most soothing for you. Try Charcoal: the richness of the shade will create a blackout effect when the lights are switched off, swathing you in darkness and helping to ease you into sleep. Also, while red can be disruptive for those who have trouble sleeping, more muted tones such as Rust or Lavender are cosy and inviting.

Charcoal and Fog at home with Adele Cotruzzola.

Would you mix and match?  

Are you ready to try something new? Block colours are great, and we love having a bed decked out in one beautiful, richly pigmented shade, but here at Bed Threads we’re also a fan of mixing and matching. Our linen colours are all designed to be thrown together, which makes choosing which shades to style with each other a very fun decorating activity.  

Follow us on Pinterest if you want to see some ideas for potential colour combinations, or branch out on your own and try some pairings that appeal to your personal style. Ruby and Petrol make for a deliciously rich colour combination perfect for the winter months. If you’re looking for something lighter, try pairing the minty freshness of Sage and Drift. You can’t go wrong with the complementary grey tones of Pinstripe and Fog. Honestly, there’s no wrong colour combinations at Bed Threads. So, get mixing and matching!

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