For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the idea of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can result in pricey looks and a short shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t weather the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “Homeowners don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look outdated if it’s oversaturated with trendy pieces.”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 regular room where people are more likely to be drawn to trends. It would make sense that as you spend so much time there, your bedroom should show a personal style that is timely and fashionable.
But Frederiksen warns that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and timely, it’s also important to keep things timeless. By keeping flexibility in your design selections, and using a good plan, you’ll be less likely to commit to a look that’s hot today, but fades tomorrow.
That starts with taking a realistic approach to which parts of the room are ripe for making bold choices.
“If there are styles that are short-term trends you really love, use them sparingly,” she says.
Larger-budget commitments like beds, sofas or flooring are the most frequent places where homeowners can get caught up in the current looks of the moment only to find themselves left behind when trends move on. Instead, Frederiksen advises decorating with 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 create a room that balances what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and reflect today’s trends while having a lasting look.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. While pastels and pink colors have been trendy over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she foresees a return to fuller colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Creating a way to incorprorate these richer colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a room feel like a comfy pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors bring bedrooms warmth and the idea 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 style that stays impactful, no matter the trends. Black window frames offer something to all designs, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking clean lines and a subtle frame for outdoor views. And when it comes to budget 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 design 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 influences the look. “The small 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 look, with many pieces of small art dotting bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that larger artwork can take over wall space in a way that creates more calm to the room.
“Bedrooms should be a place for your brain to rest and sometimes walls include 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 room design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are using textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room instead of 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 other trend Frederiksen suggests for those hoping to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with behavior than style.
“If you really want to enjoy your bedroom, one trend should be to reduce 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 work and inspirations, visit Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Rochester Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.