For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the idea of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can end up with pricey looks and a quick shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t stand 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 “Families don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look outdated if it’s oversaturated with trendy looks.”
Through numerous remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a frequent area where people are more prone to be pulled to trends. It would make sense that as you spend so much time there, your bedroom should reflect a personal style that is current and chic.
But Frederiksen says that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and timely, it’s also important to keep some elements timeless. By keeping flexibility in your design selections, and using a good strategy, you’ll be less likely to commit to a style that’s hot today, but fizzles tomorrow.
That starts with having a realistic approach to which parts of the bedroom are right for making big choices.
“If there are designs that are short-term trends you really love, use them sparingly,” she says.
Large-budget commitments like beds, sofas or flooring are the most common places where homeowners can get caught up in the current looks of the moment only to find themselves left behind when trends change. Instead, Frederiksen suggests decorating with accessories or painting the walls 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 create a room that weighs what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and reflect today’s trends while standing the test of time.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. Where pastels and pink colors have been popular over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she sees a return to deeper colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Creating a way to integrate these deeper colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a bedroom feel like a comfy pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors provide bedrooms warmth and the sense 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. Like the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a design that stays impactful, no matter the style. Black window frames offer something to all décors, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking clean lines and a subtle frame for natural views. And when it comes to financial 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 look 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 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 brought a bold, contemporary look that fit well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall approach, with numerous pieces of small art decorating bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that big pieces can take over wall space in a way that creates 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 relaxing room beautifully.”
Accenting with textures. Another example of committing less, but creating more impact in bedroom design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are using textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room rather than 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 last trend Frederiksen recommends for those wanting to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with actions than style.
“If you really want to enjoy your bedroom, one trend should be to reduce screen time,” she says. “Turn off devices before relaxing. 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 Cape Cod Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.