For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the concept of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can lead to pricey looks and a quick shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t stand the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “People don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look passé if it’s oversaturated with trendy pieces.”
Through many remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a regular area where people are more prone to be drawn 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 fashionable.
But Frederiksen warns 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 selections, and using a good plan, you’ll be less likely to get caught with a trend that’s hot today, but fades tomorrow.
That starts with planning a realistic approach to which areas of the room are best 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 like beds, sofas or flooring are the most likely elements where homeowners can get overcommitted to the hot looks of the moment only to find themselves left behind when trends change. Instead, Frederiksen recommends splurging on 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 create a room that maintains what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and capture 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 deeper colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Creating 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 bring 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 style that stays impactful, no matter the décor. 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 outdoor views. And when it comes to cost investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless look of black window frames, when featured in 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 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 becomes a part of the look. “The little 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 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 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 creating more impact in bedroom design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are featuring textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room in place of a solid color.
“It provides a chance for style in a way that is convenient to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One last trend Frederiksen offers for those wanting 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 getting in bed. Your body will thank you for it.”
For more information on Frederiksen’s remodels and inspirations, visit Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local St. Paul Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.