For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the concept of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can end up with pricey looks and a fleeting shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t withstand 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 touches.”
Through many remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a common room where people are more often to be attracted to trends. It would make sense that because you spend so much time there, your bedroom should reflect a personal style that is timely and chic.
But Frederiksen warns that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and up-to-date, it’s also important to keep things timeless. By maintaining flexibility in your design choices, and using a good approach, you’ll be less likely to get caught with a look that’s hot today, but fizzles tomorrow.
That starts with taking a realistic approach to which sections of the room are ripe for making bold choices.
“If there are looks that are short-term trends you really love, use them sparingly,” she says.
Larger-budget commitments such as beds, sofas or flooring are the most likely elements where homeowners can get caught up in the trendy looks of the moment only to find themselves stuck when trends change. Instead, Frederiksen advises 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 develop a room that weighs 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 popular over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she anticipates a return to more vibrant colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Finding a way to integrate these deeper colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a bedroom feel like a cozy 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 enveloped 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 impactful, no matter the trends. Black window frames offer something to all looks, 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 look 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 used the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern design because we needed top-of-the-line 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 gave a bold, contemporary look that integrated well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall approach, with many pieces of small art dotting bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that big pieces 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 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 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 easy to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One final 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 enjoy 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 Gaithersburg Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.