For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the idea of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can end up with pricey looks and a fleeting 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 “Families don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look outdated if it’s oversaturated with trendy looks.”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 many remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a frequent place where people are more likely to be attracted to trends. It would make sense that since you spend so much time there, your bedroom should maintain a personal style that is timely and fashionable.
But Frederiksen says that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and up-to-date, it’s also important to keep some elements 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 fades tomorrow.
That starts with planning a realistic approach to which parts of the room are best for making big choices.
“If there are looks that are short-term trends you really love, use them sparingly,” she says.
Larger-budget commitments including beds, sofas or flooring are the most frequent elements where homeowners can get caught up in the trendy looks of the moment only to find themselves left behind when trends turn. Instead, Frederiksen suggests splurging on accessories or painting the bedroom in the “it” color of the year.
“Both are inexpensive to change when the look dies,” Frederiksen says. “And it will.”
Here are some ways that Frederiksen suggests homeowners can create a room that balances what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and reflect today’s trends while not overcommitting.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. Where pastels and pink colors have been trendy 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. Designing a way to incorprorate these fuller colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a room feel like a comfy pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors provide bedrooms warmth and the feeling 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. Similar to the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a design that stays relevant, no matter the trends. 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 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 selected 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 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 fit well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall approach, with many pieces of small art decorating bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that larger artwork can take over wall space in a way that presents 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 using textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room rather than a solid color.
“It offers a chance for style in a way that is simple to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One last trend Frederiksen offers for those hoping to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with lifestyle than style.
“If you really want to appreciate your bedroom, one trend should be to reduce screen time,” she says. “Turn off devices before getting in bed. 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 Evansville Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.