For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the idea of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can result in pricey looks and a quick 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 “Families don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look outdated if it’s oversaturated with trendy touches.”
Through many remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a frequent area where people are more often to be pulled to trends. It would make sense that because you spend so much time there, your bedroom should show a personal style that is updated and stylish.
But Frederiksen warns that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and up-to-date, it’s also important to keep parts of the room timeless. By keeping flexibility in your design choices, and using a good strategy, you’ll be less likely to get caught with a trend that’s hot today, but fades tomorrow.
That starts with taking a realistic approach to which areas of the space are right for making big choices.
“If there are looks that are short-term trends you really like, use them sparingly,” she says.
Big-budget commitments such as beds, sofas or flooring are the most frequent elements where homeowners can get attracted to the trendy looks of the moment only to find themselves left behind when trends turn. Instead, Frederiksen advises splurging on 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 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 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 include these richer 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 snug 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 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 financial investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless choice of black window frames, when included as part of 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 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 becomes a part of 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 brought a bold, contemporary look that fit 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 larger artwork can take over wall space in a way that brings more calm to the room.
“Bedrooms should be a place for your brain to rest and sometimes walls include 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 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 brings a chance for style in a way that is convenient to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One other trend Frederiksen offers for those wanting to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with behavior than style.
“If you really want to love your bedroom, one trend should be to cut back on screen time,” she says. “Turn off devices before relaxing. Your body will thank you for it.”
For more information on Frederiksen’s designs and inspirations, stop by Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Memphis Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.