For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the thought of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can result in pricey looks and a quick shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t stand the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “People don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look outdated if it’s oversaturated with trendy touches.”
Through a career of remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a regular area where people are more likely to be drawn to trends. It would make sense that because you spend so much time there, your bedroom should reflect a personal style that is timely and stylish.
But Frederiksen mentions that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and modern, it’s also important to keep some elements timeless. By having flexibility in your design choices, and using a good approach, you’ll be less likely to commit to a look that’s hot today, but fades tomorrow.
That starts with planning a realistic approach to which areas of the bedroom are ripe for making ambitious choices.
“If there are styles that are short-term trends you really like, use them sparingly,” she says.
Big-budget commitments such as beds, sofas or flooring are the most frequent areas where homeowners can get caught up in the trendy looks of the moment only to find themselves unable to adjust when trends change. Instead, Frederiksen recommends indulging in accessories or painting the bedroom 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 balances what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and catch today’s trends while having a lasting look.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. Even though pastels and pink colors have been hot over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she sees a return to fuller colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Finding a way to integrate these richer colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a space feel like a comfy pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors bring 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. Similar to the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a design that stays current, no matter the décor. 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 window views. And when it comes to financial investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless style of black window frames, when featured in a quality product, can make bedroom windows a standout of any design for years to come.
“I recently chose the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern style 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 becomes a part of 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 created 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 dotting bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that big pieces 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 there is 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 developing more impact in living space design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are including 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 simple to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One final trend Frederiksen suggests for those hoping to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with lifestyle than style.
“If you really want to enjoy your bedroom, one trend should be to limit 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, visit Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local El Paso Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.