For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the concept of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can end up with 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 passé 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 frequent place where people are more prone to be drawn to trends. It would make sense that since you spend so much time there, your bedroom should reflect a personal style that is updated and chic.
But Frederiksen mentions that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and modern, it’s also important to keep parts of the room timeless. By keeping 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 fades tomorrow.
That starts with having a realistic approach to which areas of the space are ripe for making bold 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 attracted to the hot looks of the moment only to find themselves unable to adjust when trends move on. Instead, Frederiksen suggests decorating with accessories or painting the room 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 capture today’s trends while not overcommitting.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. Even though 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. Designing a way to integrate these richer colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a bedroom feel like a cozy 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 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 look that stays relevant, no matter the trends. Black window frames offer something to all designs, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking sleek lines and a subtle frame for outdoor views. And when it comes to financial investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless look 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 used 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 becomes a part of 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 brought a bold, contemporary look that blended well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall approach, with many pieces of small art dotting bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that big pieces can take over wall space in a way that presents more calm to the room.
“Bedrooms should be a place 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 featuring 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 recommends for those hoping 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 retiring for the night. 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 Annapolis Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.