For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the concept of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can result in pricey looks and a quick 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 out of style if it’s oversaturated with trendy looks.”
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 because you spend so much time there, your bedroom should reflect a personal style that is updated and fashionable.
But Frederiksen mentions that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and timely, it’s also important to keep things timeless. By having flexibility in your design pieces, and using a good approach, you’ll be less likely to devote yourself to a look that’s hot today, but fizzles tomorrow.
That starts with having a realistic approach to which parts of the bedroom are best for making ambitious choices.
“If there are looks that are short-term trends you really like, use them sparingly,” she says.
Big-budget commitments including beds, sofas or flooring are the most likely places where homeowners can get caught up in the trendy looks of the moment only to find themselves stuck when trends change. Instead, Frederiksen suggests decorating with accessories or painting the bedroom in the “it” color of the year.
“Both are inexpensive to reset when the look dies,” Frederiksen says. “And it will.”
Here are some ways that Frederiksen suggests homeowners can design 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. Where pastels and pink colors have been popular over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she anticipates a return to fuller colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Finding a way to include these deeper colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a space feel like a comfy pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors provide 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 clean lines and a subtle frame for natural views. And when it comes to financial investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless look of black window frames, when featured in 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 design 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 small 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 many pieces of small art decorating 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 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 bedroom design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are using textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room in place of a solid color.
“It brings 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 hoping to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with behavior than style.
“If you really want to appreciate 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 work and inspirations, stop by Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Norwalk Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.