For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the thought 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 “Homeowners don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look outdated if it’s oversaturated with trendy pieces.”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 prone to be pulled to trends. It would make sense that because you spend so much time there, your bedroom should maintain a personal style that is timely and chic.
But Frederiksen warns that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and timely, it’s also important to keep parts of the room timeless. By having flexibility in your design selections, and using a good approach, you’ll be less likely to commit to a style that’s hot today, but fizzles tomorrow.
That starts with planning a realistic approach to which areas of the room are best for making bold choices.
“If there are looks that are short-term trends you really are drawn to, use them sparingly,” she says.
Large-budget commitments like beds, sofas or flooring are the most common places where homeowners can get attracted to the hot looks of the moment only to find themselves stuck when trends change. Instead, Frederiksen recommends indulging in accessories or painting the bedroom in the “it” color of the year.
“Both are inexpensive to alter 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 catch today’s trends while standing the test of time.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. While pastels and pink colors have been popular 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 integrate these fuller colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a room feel like a comfy pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors bring 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. Similar to 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 sharp 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 included as part of a quality product, can make bedroom windows a focal point of any design for years to come.
“I recently chose the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern look because we needed top-notch 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 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 integrated 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 larger artwork 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 rooms have 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 using 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 convenient to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One other trend Frederiksen suggests for those hoping 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 relaxing. Your body will thank you for it.”
For more information on Frederiksen’s remodels and inspirations, check out Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Baltimore Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.