For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the concept of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can result in pricey looks and a fleeting shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t withstand the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “People 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 frequent room where people are more likely 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 timely and chic.
But Frederiksen mentions that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and up-to-date, it’s also important to keep parts of the room timeless. By keeping flexibility in your design pieces, and using a good strategy, you’ll be less likely to get caught with a look that’s hot today, but fizzles tomorrow.
That starts with taking a realistic approach to which areas of the room are right for making bold choices.
“If there are designs that are short-term trends you really are drawn to, use them sparingly,” she says.
Larger-budget commitments like beds, sofas or flooring are the most frequent places where homeowners can get overcommitted to the hot looks of the moment only to find themselves unable to adjust when trends change. Instead, Frederiksen suggests splurging on 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 design a room that maintains what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and reflect today’s trends while standing the test of time.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. Where pastels and pink colors have been popular over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she foresees a return to deeper colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Designing a way to include these richer 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 feeling 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. Like the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a look that stays current, no matter the trends. 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 included as part of a quality product, can make bedroom windows a standout of any design for years to come.
“I recently selected the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern style 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 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 gave a bold, contemporary look that fit well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall style, with multiple 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 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 peaceful room beautifully.”
Accenting with textures. Another example of committing less, but bringing more impact in living space design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are using textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room rather than a solid color.
“It brings a chance for style in a way that is convenient 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 lifestyle than style.
“If you really want to love 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, visit Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Westerly Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.