For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the concept of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can lead to pricey looks and a short 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 pieces.”
Through numerous remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a common room where people are more likely to be pulled to trends. It would make sense that since you spend so much time there, your bedroom should reflect a personal style that is timely and chic.
But Frederiksen mentions that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and modern, it’s also important to keep things timeless. By maintaining flexibility in your design selections, and using a good approach, you’ll be less likely to get caught with a look that’s hot today, but fizzles tomorrow.
That starts with having a realistic approach to which sections of the room are best 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 like beds, sofas or flooring are the most common areas where homeowners can get caught up in the hot looks of the moment only to find themselves stuck when trends turn. Instead, Frederiksen advises decorating with accessories or painting the room 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 reflect 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 anticipates a return to fuller colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Creating a way to include these deeper colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a room feel like a warm 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. Much like the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a style 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 clean lines and a subtle frame for natural views. And when it comes to cost investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless style 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 chose 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 brought a bold, contemporary look that blended well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall style, with multiple pieces of small art on 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 relaxing area 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 creating more impact in living space design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are using textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room in place of a solid color.
“It offers a chance for style in a way that is easy to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One other trend Frederiksen suggests for those wanting to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with actions than style.
“If you really want to appreciate 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 remodels and inspirations, stop by Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Wilmington Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.