For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the idea of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can result in pricey looks and a fleeting shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t weather the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “People don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look out of style if it’s oversaturated with trendy pieces.”
Through a career of remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a frequent area where people are more likely to be attracted to trends. It would make sense that since you spend so much time there, your bedroom should maintain a personal style that is current and fashionable.
But Frederiksen says that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and up-to-date, it’s also important to keep things timeless. By maintaining flexibility in your design choices, and using a good approach, you’ll be less likely to commit to a look that’s hot today, but fizzles tomorrow.
That starts with planning a realistic approach to which sections of the room are ripe for making ambitious choices.
“If there are designs that are short-term trends you really love, use them sparingly,” she says.
Large-budget commitments including beds, sofas or flooring are the most common elements where homeowners can get attracted to the hot 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 reset when the look dies,” Frederiksen says. “And it will.”
Here are some ways that Frederiksen suggests homeowners can create a room that balances what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and capture today’s trends while having a lasting look.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. Where pastels and pink colors have been trendy over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she sees a return to fuller colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Designing a way to integrate these fuller 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 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 style. 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 look of black window frames, when included as part of a quality product, can make bedroom windows a focal point of any design for years to come.
“I recently selected the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern design 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 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 gave a bold, contemporary look that fit well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall look, with multiple pieces of small art dotting bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that big pieces can take over wall space in a way that brings more calm to the room.
“Bedrooms should be a refuge for your brain to rest and sometimes there is too much to look at,” she says. “Larger, singular pieces of art help provide a peaceful room beautifully.”
Accenting with textures. Another example of committing less, but creating more impact in room design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are using 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 final trend Frederiksen offers for those hoping 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 Fargo Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.