For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the idea of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can end up with pricey looks and a short shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t withstand the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “Families 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 room where people are more prone to be drawn to trends. It would make sense that because you spend so much time there, your bedroom should maintain a personal style that is current and chic.
But Frederiksen mentions that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and modern, it’s also important to keep parts of the room timeless. By maintaining flexibility in your design pieces, and using a good strategy, you’ll be less likely to get caught with a style that’s hot today, but fades tomorrow.
That starts with taking a realistic approach to which sections of the space are best for making big choices.
“If there are styles that are short-term trends you really are drawn to, use them sparingly,” she says.
Large-budget commitments like beds, sofas or flooring are the most likely areas where homeowners can get attracted to the hot looks of the moment only to find themselves stuck when trends turn. 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 develop a room that balances what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and catch today’s trends while not overcommitting.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. Even though pastels and pink colors have been trendy over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she foresees a return to fuller colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Designing a way to incorprorate these deeper colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a space 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 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 look that stays relevant, no matter the style. 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 outdoor views. And when it comes to financial investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless choice of black window frames, when paired with a quality product, can make bedroom windows a focal point 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 influences 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 approach, with numerous 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 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 relaxing room beautifully.”
Accenting with textures. Another example of committing less, but developing more impact in room design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are featuring 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 offers for those hoping 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 relaxing. 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 Haverhill Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.