For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the thought of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can result in pricey looks and a quick 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 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 regular room 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 reflect a personal style that is timely and stylish.
But Frederiksen warns that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and up-to-date, it’s also important to keep parts of the room timeless. By having flexibility in your design choices, and using a good approach, you’ll be less likely to get caught with a trend that’s hot today, but fizzles tomorrow.
That starts with taking a realistic approach to which parts of the bedroom 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 including beds, sofas or flooring are the most common elements where homeowners can get attracted to the hot looks of the moment only to find themselves unable to adjust when trends turn. Instead, Frederiksen suggests decorating with accessories or painting the bedroom 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 develop 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 anticipates 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 warm pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors provide bedrooms warmth and the feeling of being in a cocoon,” says Frederiksen. And who doesn’t want to feel snug 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 look that stays relevant, no matter the décor. Black window frames offer something to all designs, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking sharp lines and a subtle frame for window views. And when it comes to financial investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless style 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 used the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern style because we needed high-quality 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 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 brought a bold, contemporary look that fit well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall look, with multiple pieces of small art dotting 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 walls include 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 bringing 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 suggests 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 limit screen time,” she says. “Turn off devices before relaxing. Your body will thank you for it.”
For more information on Frederiksen’s work and inspirations, check out Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Traverse City Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.