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 weather 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 “Homeowners don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look outdated if it’s oversaturated with trendy touches.”
Through a career of remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a regular room 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 warns that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and modern, it’s also important to keep things timeless. By keeping flexibility in your design choices, and using a good plan, you’ll be less likely to get caught with a style that’s hot today, but cools tomorrow.
That starts with taking a realistic approach to which parts of the space are best for making ambitious choices.
“If there are designs that are short-term trends you really are drawn to, use them sparingly,” she says.
Big-budget commitments like beds, sofas or flooring are the most frequent elements where homeowners can get overcommitted to the hot looks of the moment only to find themselves unable to adjust when trends move on. Instead, Frederiksen advises decorating with 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 develop a room that maintains what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and catch today’s trends while having a lasting look.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. While pastels and pink colors have been popular over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she sees a return to more vibrant 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 bedroom feel like a warm 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 cozy 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 impactful, no matter the décor. Black window frames offer something to all décors, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking clean lines and a subtle frame for window 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 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 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 influences the look. “The finer 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 decorating bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that large art 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 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 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 offers a chance for style in a way that is convenient to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One last 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 enjoy 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 Greensboro Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.