For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the thought of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can result in pricey looks and a short shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t withstand the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “Families don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look passé if it’s oversaturated with trendy pieces.”
Through a career of remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a regular place where people are more often to be attracted to trends. It would make sense that since you spend so much time there, your bedroom should show a personal style that is timely and fashionable.
But Frederiksen says that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and timely, it’s also important to keep parts of the room timeless. By maintaining flexibility in your design pieces, and using a good plan, you’ll be less likely to commit to a trend that’s hot today, but cools tomorrow.
That starts with planning a realistic approach to which parts of the bedroom are right for making ambitious choices.
“If there are styles 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 likely elements where homeowners can get attracted to the current looks of the moment only to find themselves left behind when trends turn. Instead, Frederiksen advises splurging on 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 create a room that weighs what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and capture today’s trends while standing the test of time.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. Even though pastels and pink colors have been trendy over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she sees a return to deeper colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Designing a way to integrate these deeper colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a room feel like a cozy 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. Much like the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a design that stays impactful, no matter the style. Black window frames offer something to all looks, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking sleek lines and a subtle frame for window views. And when it comes to budget investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless style 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 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 integrated well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall approach, with many pieces of small art decorating 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 creating more impact in living space design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are including textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room instead of a solid color.
“It brings 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 hoping to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with actions 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, stop by Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Muncie Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.