For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the thought of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can result in pricey looks and a quick shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t stand the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “People don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look out of style if it’s oversaturated with trendy touches.”
Through a career of remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a common place where people are more likely to be pulled to trends. It would make sense that as you spend so much time there, your bedroom should maintain a personal style that is current and chic.
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 maintaining flexibility in your design selections, and using a good strategy, you’ll be less likely to devote yourself to a look that’s hot today, but fades tomorrow.
That starts with planning a realistic approach to which areas of the room are ripe for making big choices.
“If there are looks that are short-term trends you really like, use them sparingly,” she says.
Larger-budget commitments like beds, sofas or flooring are the most common elements where homeowners can get caught up in the current looks of the moment only to find themselves stuck when trends turn. Instead, Frederiksen advises decorating with accessories or painting the walls 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 develop a room that balances what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and capture today’s trends while standing the test of time.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. Even though pastels and pink colors have been trendy over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she foresees a return to more vibrant colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Finding a way to include these fuller colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a bedroom 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 design that stays relevant, no matter the décor. Black window frames offer something to all looks, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking clean lines and a subtle frame for window 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 focal point of any design for years to come.
“I recently selected the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern design because we needed high-quality 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 brought a bold, contemporary look that blended well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall look, with numerous pieces of small art dotting 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 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 restful room beautifully.”
Accenting with textures. Another example of committing less, but developing more impact in bedroom 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 provides 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 wanting to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with actions than style.
“If you really want to enjoy 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 designs and inspirations, check out Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Hunt Valley Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.