For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the concept of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can lead to pricey looks and a quick 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 touches.”
Through a career of remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a frequent place where people are more likely to be pulled 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 modern, it’s also important to keep parts of the room timeless. By keeping flexibility in your design pieces, and using a good plan, you’ll be less likely to commit to a style that’s hot today, but fizzles tomorrow.
That starts with taking a realistic approach to which sections of the bedroom are right for making bold 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 common elements where homeowners can get overcommitted to the trendy looks of the moment only to find themselves stuck when trends turn. Instead, Frederiksen advises decorating with accessories or painting the room 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 weighs what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and catch today’s trends while having a lasting look.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. While pastels and pink colors have been trendy over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she sees a return to more vibrant colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Creating a way to integrate these deeper 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 enveloped 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 impactful, no matter the décor. Black window frames offer something to all designs, 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 used the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern look because we needed high-quality 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 gave a bold, contemporary look that integrated well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall approach, with numerous pieces of small art on 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 refuge for your brain to rest and sometimes rooms have 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 bringing more impact in room design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are including 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 convenient to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One final trend Frederiksen suggests 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 retiring for the night. Your body will thank you for it.”
For more information on Frederiksen’s designs and inspirations, visit Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Beltsville Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.