Differentiating through design

Hotel bedding designs are sticking to off-white and cream accent colors to provide pop on the traditional white.

Hotel bedding designs are sticking to off-white and cream accent colors to provide pop on the traditional white.

High-end hotels have used blanket covers in addition to duvet covers as a way to add a classic, traditional touch to their bedding design without resorting to satin stitching. Apart from this, white is still the go-to color for hospitality, though accent colors are often used on the bed to create an image that pops.

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“Hotels are now thinking of the bed as an entire idea, and putting equal importance in the pillows, duvet and mattress as well as the bed linens,” said Scott Formby, creative director for Frette. Formby sees three trends emerging in bedding colors and patterns: warmth in modernity, understated elegance and romance in nature. Frette has released a collection to capitalize on these trends. Formby also says that the primary accent colors in bedding are black, gray, khaki and blue, as they are effective when paired to white.

Stacy Garcia, CEO of Stacy Garcia Inc., says that high-end hotel properties are shifting from a stark white in sheeting to a creamy neutral option, suggesting an oatmeal color with touches of accent color found through additional scarves and decorating on the bed frame itself. According to Garcia, off-white colors are effective when paired with an upholstered headboard illuminated with uplighting.

Jason Needleman, CEO of Peacock Alley, says the switch to other colors in sheeting is still a slow one. “The idea of having printed fashions for color blocking and mixing designs is still new to a lot of [hotels] when it comes to bedding,” Needleman said. “Right now hotels are just not changing from white sheets and pillow cases.”

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