For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the concept of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can end up with 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 touches.”
Through a career of remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a common place where people are more likely 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 timely and fashionable.
But Frederiksen says 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 approach, you’ll be less likely to commit to a style that’s hot today, but cools tomorrow.
That starts with taking a realistic approach to which parts of the bedroom are ripe for making ambitious choices.
“If there are styles that are short-term trends you really are drawn to, use them sparingly,” she says.
Larger-budget commitments such as beds, sofas or flooring are the most frequent areas where homeowners can get overcommitted to the current looks of the moment only to find themselves left behind when trends turn. Instead, Frederiksen advises splurging on accessories or painting the room 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 design a room that maintains what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and catch today’s trends while not overcommitting.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. While pastels and pink colors have been hot 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. Finding a way to include these richer colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a space feel like a cozy 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 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 style that stays current, 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 outdoor views. And when it comes to financial investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless style of black window frames, when featured in 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 gave a bold, contemporary look that fit well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall style, with many 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 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 relaxing room beautifully.”
Accenting with textures. Another example of committing less, but bringing 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 provides a chance for style in a way that is easy to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One last trend Frederiksen offers for those hoping to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with lifestyle than style.
“If you really want to love 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, check out Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Syracuse Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.