For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the thought of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can lead to pricey looks and a fleeting shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t weather the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “People don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look out of style if it’s oversaturated with trendy looks.”
Through a career of remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a regular area where people are more likely 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 chic.
But Frederiksen says that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and modern, it’s also important to keep things timeless. By keeping flexibility in your design choices, and using a good strategy, you’ll be less likely to devote yourself to a look that’s hot today, but cools tomorrow.
That starts with taking a realistic approach to which sections of the room are best for making bold choices.
“If there are looks that are short-term trends you really love, use them sparingly,” she says.
Large-budget commitments like 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 change. 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 develop a room that maintains what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and reflect today’s trends while standing the test of time.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. While pastels and pink colors have been popular over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she sees a return to deeper colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Designing a way to incorprorate these fuller colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a space feel like a comfy 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. Much like the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a design that stays current, no matter the style. 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 style 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 look 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 adds to 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 created a bold, contemporary look that fit well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall look, with numerous pieces of small art dotting 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 refuge for your brain to rest and sometimes rooms have 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 developing more impact in bedroom design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are including 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 other trend Frederiksen suggests for those looking 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 limit 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, check out Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Albany Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.