For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the thought of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can lead to pricey looks and a quick shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t weather the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “People don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look outdated if it’s oversaturated with trendy pieces.”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 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 show a personal style that is current and stylish.
But Frederiksen mentions that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and up-to-date, it’s also important to keep things timeless. By having flexibility in your design pieces, and using a good strategy, you’ll be less likely to devote yourself to a trend that’s hot today, but cools tomorrow.
That starts with taking a realistic approach to which areas of the bedroom are ripe for making bold choices.
“If there are styles that are short-term trends you really like, use them sparingly,” she says.
Large-budget commitments including beds, sofas or flooring are the most common areas where homeowners can get overcommitted to the trendy looks of the moment only to find themselves stuck when trends turn. Instead, Frederiksen advises indulging in 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 maintains what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and reflect today’s trends while not overcommitting.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. While pastels and pink colors have been hot over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she anticipates 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 room feel like a cozy 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 style 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 outdoor views. And when it comes to cost investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless style of black window frames, when paired with a quality product, can make bedroom windows a star of any design for years to come.
“I recently selected the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern design because we needed top-of-the-line 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 finer 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 blended well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall style, with numerous pieces of small art decorating bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that large art 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 developing more impact in living space 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 offers a chance for style in a way that is easy to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One last trend Frederiksen offers for those wanting 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 remodels and inspirations, visit Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Newport Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.