For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the idea of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can result in pricey looks and a short 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 passé if it’s oversaturated with trendy touches.”
Through many remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a regular place where people are more often to be pulled to trends. It would make sense that since you spend so much time there, your bedroom should maintain a personal style that is timely and chic.
But Frederiksen mentions 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 selections, and using a good approach, you’ll be less likely to get caught with a trend that’s hot today, but cools tomorrow.
That starts with taking a realistic approach to which sections of the space are right for making bold choices.
“If there are styles that are short-term trends you really love, use them sparingly,” she says.
Larger-budget commitments including beds, sofas or flooring are the most likely areas where homeowners can get overcommitted to the hot looks of the moment only to find themselves left behind when trends change. Instead, Frederiksen advises splurging on 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 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. Even though pastels and pink colors have been popular 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. Creating a way to integrate these richer colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a bedroom feel like a cozy pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors give bedrooms warmth and the feeling 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. Much like the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a design that stays impactful, no matter the style. Black window frames offer something to all looks, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking sharp lines and a subtle frame for natural views. And when it comes to budget 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 style 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 created a bold, contemporary look that integrated well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall approach, with many pieces of small art dotting 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 relaxing area for your brain to rest and sometimes walls include 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 living space design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are featuring textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room rather than a solid color.
“It provides a chance for style in a way that is easy to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One other trend Frederiksen recommends for those hoping to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with behavior than style.
“If you really want to enjoy 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, check out Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Nashville Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.