For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the thought of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can end up with pricey looks and a short shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t weather the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “Families don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look out of style if it’s oversaturated with trendy pieces.”
Through many remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a common 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 show a personal style that is current and chic.
But Frederiksen says that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and up-to-date, it’s also important to keep parts of the room timeless. By maintaining flexibility in your design selections, and using a good plan, you’ll be less likely to devote yourself to a look that’s hot today, but cools tomorrow.
That starts with planning a realistic approach to which parts of the room 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 such as beds, sofas or flooring are the most common elements where homeowners can get attracted to the trendy looks of the moment only to find themselves left behind when trends change. Instead, Frederiksen advises 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 design 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 hot over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she foresees a return to deeper colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Designing a way to incorprorate these richer colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a bedroom feel like a warm pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors provide bedrooms warmth and the sense 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. Similar to 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 décors, 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 choice of black window frames, when paired with a quality product, can make bedroom windows a standout of any design for years to come.
“I recently selected the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern look 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 influences 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 blended well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall style, with numerous pieces of small art dotting bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that large art 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 restful room beautifully.”
Accenting with textures. Another example of committing less, but creating more impact in living space 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 convenient to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One other trend Frederiksen suggests for those wanting to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with actions than style.
“If you really want to appreciate your bedroom, one trend should be to cut back on screen time,” she says. “Turn off devices before retiring for the night. Your body will thank you for it.”
For more information on Frederiksen’s work and inspirations, visit Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Champaign Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.