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 stand the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “Families don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look out of style if it’s oversaturated with trendy pieces.”
Through numerous remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a regular place where people are more prone to be attracted to trends. It would make sense that because you spend so much time there, your bedroom should maintain a personal style that is current 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 having flexibility in your design pieces, and using a good plan, you’ll be less likely to get caught with a trend that’s hot today, but fades tomorrow.
That starts with planning a realistic approach to which areas of the bedroom are right for making bold choices.
“If there are looks that are short-term trends you really are drawn to, use them sparingly,” she says.
Large-budget commitments like beds, sofas or flooring are the most likely areas where homeowners can get overcommitted to the hot looks of the moment only to find themselves unable to adjust when trends change. Instead, Frederiksen recommends splurging on 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 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 hot over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she anticipates a return to fuller colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Designing a way to incorprorate these fuller colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a space feel like a comfy 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 enveloped when it comes to their bedroom?
The little black dress of windows. Similar to the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a style that stays current, no matter the style. Black window frames offer something to all designs, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking sleek lines and a subtle frame for outdoor views. And when it comes to financial 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 used the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern style 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 adds to 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 created a bold, contemporary look that blended well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall look, with many pieces of small art decorating bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that big pieces 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 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 room design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are using 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 convenient to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One other trend Frederiksen offers for those looking to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with behavior than style.
“If you really want to love your bedroom, one trend should be to limit screen time,” she says. “Turn off devices before retiring for the night. Your body will thank you for it.”
For more information on Frederiksen’s designs and inspirations, stop by Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Mt. Pleasant Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.