For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the idea of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can result in pricey looks and a fleeting shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t weather the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “Homeowners don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look outdated if it’s oversaturated with trendy looks.”
Through many remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a common place where people are more prone to be attracted to trends. It would make sense that as you spend so much time there, your bedroom should maintain a personal style that is timely and stylish.
But Frederiksen warns that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and modern, it’s also important to keep parts of the room timeless. By keeping flexibility in your design pieces, and using a good plan, you’ll be less likely to commit to a style that’s hot today, but cools tomorrow.
That starts with having a realistic approach to which sections of the bedroom are right for making big choices.
“If there are styles that are short-term trends you really like, use them sparingly,” she says.
Large-budget commitments such as beds, sofas or flooring are the most frequent 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 recommends decorating with 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 design a room that weighs what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and catch today’s trends while not overcommitting.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. While pastels and pink colors have been popular over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she foresees a return to more vibrant colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Designing a way to integrate these fuller colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a room feel like a warm pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors bring bedrooms warmth and the sense 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. Like the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a look that stays relevant, no matter the décor. 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 outdoor views. And when it comes to cost investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless style of black window frames, when featured in a quality product, can make bedroom windows a star of any design for years to come.
“I recently used the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern style 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 influences 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 created a bold, contemporary look that fit well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall style, with many pieces of small art decorating 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 rooms have 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 including textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room rather than a solid color.
“It brings a chance for style in a way that is easy to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One last trend Frederiksen recommends for those hoping to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with behavior than style.
“If you really want to appreciate your bedroom, one trend should be to limit screen time,” she says. “Turn off devices before relaxing. Your body will thank you for it.”
For more information on Frederiksen’s work and inspirations, stop by Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Murray Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.