Patricia when I started hosting I felt the only colour to use for bed linens was white....white looks clean! And yeah it does until the first person pours a glass of red wine on them, or drags their battered old suitcase across them, or uses this iodine/Eucalyptus oil ointment to get rid of some stain or other.
I found that all I could expect before that pristine clean look tarnished was about ten linen changes!
So I went to pastel coloured linens and they are a winner. I have removed everything known to mankind from my linens and now find I can easily get 40 bed changes before they loose that 'welcoming' look!
Sheets must look like this is the first time anyone has ever slept on them.
All my linens are now light pastel colours, Blue, Grey, Yellow, Green.....they look warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer but most importantly they stay looking good for much longer than white.
Patricia, my bed is the hero of my accommodation, I chose to make a statement with the bed and everything else revolves around that bed, so it has to be a step above the ordinary. Every one of my guests gets new pillow protectors. I never expect a guest to put their head on someone elses snore time dribble! Every crease must be just right. When the bed is made I run the iron across it before the guest arrives. The bed looks a bit outrageous because it is so long (over 2.4 metres) but I am glad I had it built that way! There are six motors in it to set just the right angle, or degree of neck or back massage.. Almost all my guests comment on the bed and many of my stays come about as a result of that bed....it really is money in the bank!
Patricia provide the best looking, the most comfortable bed that you possibly can. If a guest has a good nights sleep in a really comfortable bed they will excuse just about everything else....if they roll around on an uncomfortable piece of rubbish all night there is no way you will get a good review out of them.
Don't compromise with your bed, we are dealing with people, don't throw them something you bought at the op shop for the spare room. Give them something you would like to sleep on yourself.....and use pastel coloured linens, you won't regret it!