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 stand the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “Homeowners don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look outdated if it’s oversaturated with trendy pieces.”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 frequent area where people are more often to be attracted to trends. It would make sense that since you spend so much time there, your bedroom should reflect a personal style that is current and chic.
But Frederiksen mentions that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and timely, it’s also important to keep parts of the room timeless. By maintaining flexibility in your design pieces, and using a good approach, you’ll be less likely to devote yourself to a trend that’s hot today, but fizzles tomorrow.
That starts with planning a realistic approach to which areas of the bedroom are ripe for making bold choices.
“If there are designs that are short-term trends you really love, use them sparingly,” she says.
Larger-budget commitments like beds, sofas or flooring are the most likely elements where homeowners can get overcommitted to the current looks of the moment only to find themselves left behind when trends turn. Instead, Frederiksen recommends decorating with accessories or painting the room 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 design a room that balances what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and capture today’s trends while not overcommitting.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. Even though pastels and pink colors have been popular 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 incorprorate these richer colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a bedroom feel like a cozy pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors give 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 design that stays relevant, no matter the trends. Black window frames offer something to all designs, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking clean lines and a subtle frame for natural views. And when it comes to financial investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless choice of black window frames, when included as part of 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 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 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 fit well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall look, with multiple pieces of small art on bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that larger artwork can take over wall space in a way that creates more calm to the room.
“Bedrooms should be a relaxing area for your brain to rest and sometimes walls include 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 using textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room instead of 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 recommends for those hoping to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with lifestyle than style.
“If you really want to appreciate your bedroom, one trend should be to limit 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 remodels and inspirations, stop by Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Falls Church Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.