For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the idea of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can lead to pricey looks and a quick 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 common place where people are more prone to be attracted to trends. It would make sense that as you spend so much time there, your bedroom should show a personal style that is timely and chic.
But Frederiksen mentions that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and timely, it’s also important to keep some elements timeless. By maintaining 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 sections of the room are right for making ambitious choices.
“If there are looks that are short-term trends you really like, use them sparingly,” she says.
Large-budget commitments such as beds, sofas or flooring are the most common areas where homeowners can get caught up in the hot looks of the moment only to find themselves unable to adjust when trends change. Instead, Frederiksen advises indulging in accessories or painting the bedroom 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 design a room that maintains what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and reflect today’s trends while standing the test of time.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. While pastels and pink colors have been trendy 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 include these fuller 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 sense 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. Like the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a design that stays current, no matter the décor. 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 budget investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless look of black window frames, when included as part of 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 design 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 adds to 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 created a bold, contemporary look that blended 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 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 rooms have 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 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 offers for those hoping to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with behavior 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 work and inspirations, visit Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local South Portland Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.