For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the idea of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can result in pricey looks and a quick shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t weather the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “Families don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look outdated if it’s oversaturated with trendy pieces.”
Through many remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a common area where people are more likely to be attracted to trends. It would make sense that as you spend so much time there, your bedroom should show a personal style that is current and fashionable.
But Frederiksen mentions that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and up-to-date, it’s also important to keep parts of the room timeless. By maintaining flexibility in your design selections, and using a good approach, you’ll be less likely to get caught with a look that’s hot today, but cools tomorrow.
That starts with taking a realistic approach to which parts of the space are best for making big choices.
“If there are looks that are short-term trends you really like, use them sparingly,” she says.
Large-budget commitments like beds, sofas or flooring are the most common elements where homeowners can get overcommitted to the trendy looks of the moment only to find themselves unable to adjust when trends change. Instead, Frederiksen advises splurging on accessories or painting the walls in the “it” color of the year.
“Both are inexpensive to alter when the look dies,” Frederiksen says. “And it will.”
Here are some ways that Frederiksen suggests homeowners can develop a room that maintains what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and capture today’s trends while standing the test of time.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. While pastels and pink colors have been trendy over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she sees a return to more vibrant colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Finding a way to include these fuller colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a bedroom feel like a cozy pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors bring bedrooms warmth and the idea of being in a cocoon,” says Frederiksen. And who doesn’t want to feel cozy when it comes to their bedroom?
The little black dress of windows. Much like the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a look that stays relevant, no matter the style. Black window frames offer something to all looks, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking sharp lines and a subtle frame for natural views. And when it comes to budget investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless look of black window frames, when included as part of a quality product, can make bedroom windows a focal point of any design for years to come.
“I recently chose the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern design because we needed top-notch windows with streamlined style and their product fit perfectly,” she says.
The other benefit of black window frames, according to Frederiksen: Even the window hardware adds to the look. “The small details can make or break a room, down to window hardware, and this was very important to my client,” she says. “The Pella hardware brought a bold, contemporary look that fit well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall style, with numerous pieces of small art dotting bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that larger artwork can take over wall space in a way that brings more calm to the room.
“Bedrooms should be a place for your brain to rest and sometimes there is too much to look at,” she says. “Larger, singular pieces of art help provide a restful room beautifully.”
Accenting with textures. Another example of committing less, but bringing more impact in room design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are using textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room in place of a solid color.
“It provides a chance for style in a way that is easy to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One final trend Frederiksen offers for those wanting to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with actions than style.
“If you really want to love your bedroom, one trend should be to limit screen time,” she says. “Turn off devices before retiring for the night. Your body will thank you for it.”
For more information on Frederiksen’s work and inspirations, check out Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Bedford Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.