For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the concept of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can result in pricey looks and a quick shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t withstand the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “Families don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look passé if it’s oversaturated with trendy pieces.”
Through many remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a common area where people are more often to be drawn to trends. It would make sense that since you spend so much time there, your bedroom should show a personal style that is timely and fashionable.
But Frederiksen says that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and modern, it’s also important to keep some elements timeless. By keeping flexibility in your design choices, and using a good strategy, you’ll be less likely to get caught with a trend that’s hot today, but cools tomorrow.
That starts with having a realistic approach to which sections of the bedroom are right for making ambitious 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 likely elements where homeowners can get overcommitted to the current looks of the moment only to find themselves stuck when trends move on. Instead, Frederiksen recommends 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 maintains what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and catch 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 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 give bedrooms warmth and the idea 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. Much like the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a look that stays relevant, no matter the style. Black window frames offer something to all designs, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking sharp lines and a subtle frame for natural views. And when it comes to cost investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless choice of black window frames, when featured in 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 look 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 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 fit well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall approach, with numerous pieces of small art dotting bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that larger artwork can take over wall space in a way that brings more calm to the room.
“Bedrooms should be a refuge 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 bedroom design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are including textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room instead of a solid color.
“It provides a chance for style in a way that is simple to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One last trend Frederiksen recommends for those looking 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 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, stop by Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Southern Pines Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.