For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the thought of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can end up with pricey looks and a short shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t stand the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “Families don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look out of style if it’s oversaturated with trendy pieces.”
Through numerous remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a regular room where people are more often to be pulled 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 says that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and up-to-date, it’s also important to keep some elements timeless. By having flexibility in your design choices, and using a good plan, you’ll be less likely to get caught with a trend that’s hot today, but cools tomorrow.
That starts with having a realistic approach to which sections of the space are ripe for making bold choices.
“If there are styles that are short-term trends you really love, use them sparingly,” she says.
Big-budget commitments such as beds, sofas or flooring are the most common elements where homeowners can get attracted to the trendy looks of the moment only to find themselves left behind when trends change. Instead, Frederiksen advises decorating with 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 not overcommitting.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. Where pastels and pink colors have been hot 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 include these fuller colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a space feel like a warm pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors give 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. Much like the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a design that stays current, no matter the style. 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 budget investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless look of black window frames, when paired with a quality product, can make bedroom windows a standout of any design for years to come.
“I recently used the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern look 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 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 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 dotting bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that big pieces can take over wall space in a way that brings 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 relaxing room beautifully.”
Accenting with textures. Another example of committing less, but creating more impact in living space design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are featuring textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room rather than 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 recommends for those looking 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 getting in bed. Your body will thank you for it.”
For more information on Frederiksen’s work and inspirations, stop by Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Bloomington Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.