For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the concept 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. “Homeowners don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look passé if it’s oversaturated with trendy looks.”
Through a career of remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a frequent room where people are more often to be drawn to trends. It would make sense that because you spend so much time there, your bedroom should show a personal style that is current and stylish.
But Frederiksen warns that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and timely, it’s also important to keep things timeless. By having flexibility in your design selections, and using a good strategy, you’ll be less likely to commit to a style that’s hot today, but fades tomorrow.
That starts with having a realistic approach to which sections of the room are right for making bold choices.
“If there are designs that are short-term trends you really like, use them sparingly,” she says.
Larger-budget commitments such as beds, sofas or flooring are the most common elements where homeowners can get caught up in the current looks of the moment only to find themselves stuck when trends change. Instead, Frederiksen recommends indulging in accessories or painting the walls 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 balances what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and reflect today’s trends while having a lasting look.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. Where pastels and pink colors have been popular 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. Creating a way to incorprorate these fuller colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a space feel like a warm pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors provide bedrooms warmth and the sense 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 look 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 choice of black window frames, when paired with a quality product, can make bedroom windows a star 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 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 gave a bold, contemporary look that integrated well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall style, with multiple pieces of small art decorating 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 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 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 simple 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 appreciate your bedroom, one trend should be to cut back on screen time,” she says. “Turn off devices before getting in bed. 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 Providence Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.