For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the thought of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can result in pricey looks and a short shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t withstand the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “Homeowners don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look out of style if it’s oversaturated with trendy pieces.”
Through a career of remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a common place where people are more likely to be drawn to trends. It would make sense that since you spend so much time there, your bedroom should show a personal style that is timely and stylish.
But Frederiksen says that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and timely, it’s also important to keep parts of the room timeless. By keeping flexibility in your design selections, and using a good strategy, you’ll be less likely to commit to a look that’s hot today, but fades tomorrow.
That starts with taking a realistic approach to which sections of the room are right for making big choices.
“If there are designs that are short-term trends you really love, use them sparingly,” she says.
Larger-budget commitments like beds, sofas or flooring are the most likely places where homeowners can get attracted to the current looks of the moment only to find themselves left behind when trends change. Instead, Frederiksen suggests indulging in accessories or painting the room in the “it” color of the year.
“Both are inexpensive to reset when the look dies,” Frederiksen says. “And it will.”
Here are some ways that Frederiksen suggests homeowners can develop a room that balances what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and capture today’s trends while not overcommitting.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. Even though 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 room feel like a comfy pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors give bedrooms warmth and the feeling of being in a cocoon,” says Frederiksen. And who doesn’t want to feel enveloped 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 style that stays relevant, no matter the trends. Black window frames offer something to all décors, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking sleek lines and a subtle frame for window views. And when it comes to financial investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless style of black window frames, when paired with 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 high-quality 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 becomes a part of the look. “The little details can make or break a room, down to window hardware, and this was very important to my client,” she says. “The Pella hardware gave a bold, contemporary look that integrated well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall approach, with numerous pieces of small art dotting bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that larger artwork can take over wall space in a way that presents more calm to the room.
“Bedrooms should be a refuge for your brain to rest and sometimes rooms have too much to look at,” she says. “Larger, singular pieces of art help provide a peaceful room beautifully.”
Accenting with textures. Another example of committing less, but bringing more impact in living space design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are featuring textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room instead of a solid color.
“It provides a chance for style in a way that is simple to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One last trend Frederiksen suggests for those wanting to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with actions than style.
“If you really want to appreciate your bedroom, one trend should be to cut back on screen time,” she says. “Turn off devices before getting in bed. Your body will thank you for it.”
For more information on Frederiksen’s designs and inspirations, check out Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Springfield Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.