For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the thought of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can result in pricey looks and a short shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t withstand the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “Homeowners don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look outdated if it’s oversaturated with trendy looks.”
Through a career of remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a regular 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 maintain a personal style that is current and fashionable.
But Frederiksen mentions that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and up-to-date, it’s also important to keep parts of the room timeless. By having flexibility in your design selections, and using a good strategy, you’ll be less likely to devote yourself to a style that’s hot today, but fades tomorrow.
That starts with taking a realistic approach to which parts of the room are ripe for making big choices.
“If there are styles that are short-term trends you really are drawn to, use them sparingly,” she says.
Big-budget commitments such as beds, sofas or flooring are the most likely areas where homeowners can get attracted to the current looks of the moment only to find themselves left behind when trends move on. Instead, Frederiksen recommends 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 design a room that maintains what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and catch today’s trends while having a lasting look.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. Where pastels and pink colors have been popular 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. Creating a way to incorprorate these richer colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a space feel like a comfy pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors give 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 current, no matter the décor. Black window frames offer something to all looks, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking sleek lines and a subtle frame for window 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 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-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 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 created a bold, contemporary look that blended well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall approach, with many pieces of small art on bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that larger artwork can take over wall space in a way that presents more calm to the room.
“Bedrooms should be a refuge 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 developing more impact in bedroom 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 simple to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One last trend Frederiksen offers for those looking 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 reduce 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, stop by Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Lewes Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.