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. “Families don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look outdated if it’s oversaturated with trendy touches.”
Through numerous remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a common place where people are more prone to be pulled to trends. It would make sense that as you spend so much time there, your bedroom should maintain a personal style that is current and stylish.
But Frederiksen says that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and timely, it’s also important to keep things timeless. By keeping flexibility in your design selections, and using a good strategy, you’ll be less likely to get caught with a trend that’s hot today, but cools tomorrow.
That starts with planning a realistic approach to which sections of the bedroom are best for making big choices.
“If there are designs 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 common areas where homeowners can get caught up in the current looks of the moment only to find themselves left behind when trends move on. Instead, Frederiksen advises decorating with accessories or painting the walls in the “it” color of the year.
“Both are inexpensive to reset when the look dies,” Frederiksen says. “And it will.”
Here are some ways that Frederiksen suggests homeowners can develop a room that maintains what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and catch today’s trends while standing the test of time.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. Even though 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. Finding a way to integrate these fuller colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a bedroom feel like a warm pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors provide 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. Similar to the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a design that stays relevant, no matter the style. Black window frames offer something to all looks, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking clean lines and a subtle frame for natural views. And when it comes to cost 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 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 brought a bold, contemporary look that blended well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall look, with numerous pieces of small art decorating bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that larger artwork 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 bringing 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 offers 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 cut back on 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 work and inspirations, stop by Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Denver Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.