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 withstand 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 “Families don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look outdated if it’s oversaturated with trendy touches.”
Through many remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a regular area where people are more prone to be pulled to trends. It would make sense that since you spend so much time there, your bedroom should show a personal style that is current and chic.
But Frederiksen warns 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 plan, you’ll be less likely to devote yourself to a trend that’s hot today, but fades tomorrow.
That starts with having a realistic approach to which areas of the bedroom are right for making big choices.
“If there are looks that are short-term trends you really are drawn to, use them sparingly,” she says.
Larger-budget commitments like beds, sofas or flooring are the most likely places where homeowners can get overcommitted to the current looks of the moment only to find themselves stuck when trends change. Instead, Frederiksen advises indulging in accessories or painting the bedroom 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 balances what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and catch today’s trends while having a lasting look.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. While 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. Finding a way to incorprorate these fuller colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a bedroom feel like a warm pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors bring bedrooms warmth and the feeling of being in a cocoon,” says Frederiksen. And who doesn’t want to feel snug 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 impactful, no matter the style. Black window frames offer something to all designs, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking sharp lines and a subtle frame for natural views. And when it comes to cost investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless choice of black window frames, when included as part of a quality product, can make bedroom windows a star 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 created a bold, contemporary look that integrated well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall look, with multiple pieces of small art on 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 relaxing area for your brain to rest and sometimes there is 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 developing more impact in living space design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are featuring textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room in place of a solid color.
“It offers a chance for style in a way that is easy to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One other trend Frederiksen suggests for those looking to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with lifestyle than style.
“If you really want to love your bedroom, one trend should be to limit screen time,” she says. “Turn off devices before getting in bed. Your body will thank you for it.”
For more information on Frederiksen’s remodels and inspirations, stop by Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Roanoke Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.