For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the idea of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can lead to pricey looks and a fleeting 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 “Homeowners don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look outdated if it’s oversaturated with trendy pieces.”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 regular place where people are more likely to be attracted to trends. It would make sense that because you spend so much time there, your bedroom should show 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 things timeless. By maintaining flexibility in your design selections, and using a good plan, you’ll be less likely to get caught with a style that’s hot today, but fizzles tomorrow.
That starts with taking a realistic approach to which parts of the space are best for making ambitious choices.
“If there are designs that are short-term trends you really love, use them sparingly,” she says.
Large-budget commitments like beds, sofas or flooring are the most likely places where homeowners can get overcommitted to the trendy looks of the moment only to find themselves stuck when trends change. Instead, Frederiksen recommends indulging in 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 balances what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and catch today’s trends while standing the test of time.
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 foresees a return to more vibrant colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Creating a way to incorprorate these fuller colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a room feel like a cozy pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors bring 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. Much like the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a design that stays impactful, no matter the décor. 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 window views. And when it comes to budget investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless style of black window frames, when included as part of a quality product, can make bedroom windows a star of any design for years to come.
“I recently chose the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern look 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 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 created 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 dotting 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 refuge for your brain to rest and sometimes there is 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 including 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 wanting to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with actions 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, check out Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Winston-Salem Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.