For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the idea of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can end up with pricey looks and a quick shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t stand the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “Homeowners don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look passé if it’s oversaturated with trendy looks.”
Through numerous remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a common area where people are more prone to be attracted 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 modern, it’s also important to keep parts of the room timeless. By keeping flexibility in your design pieces, and using a good approach, you’ll be less likely to devote yourself to a trend that’s hot today, but fizzles tomorrow.
That starts with taking a realistic approach to which parts of the space are ripe for making ambitious choices.
“If there are styles that are short-term trends you really are drawn to, use them sparingly,” she says.
Larger-budget commitments such as beds, sofas or flooring are the most frequent elements where homeowners can get overcommitted to the trendy looks of the moment only to find themselves stuck when trends move on. 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 develop a room that balances what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and capture today’s trends while not overcommitting.
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 deeper colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Designing 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 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. Like the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a style that stays relevant, no matter the décor. Black window frames offer something to all décors, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking clean lines and a subtle frame for natural views. And when it comes to budget investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless style of black window frames, when paired with a quality product, can make bedroom windows a standout of any design for years to come.
“I recently used the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern look 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 little 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 integrated well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall look, with multiple pieces of small art decorating bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that large art can take over wall space in a way that brings more calm to the room.
“Bedrooms should be a relaxing area 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 creating more impact in living space design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are including 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 convenient to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One other trend Frederiksen recommends for those looking 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 cut back on 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, check out Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Portsmouth Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.