For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the concept of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can result in 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 “Families don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look outdated if it’s oversaturated with trendy looks.”
Through numerous remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a frequent room 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 maintain a personal style that is timely and fashionable.
But Frederiksen mentions that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and timely, it’s also important to keep parts of the room timeless. By maintaining flexibility in your design choices, and using a good plan, you’ll be less likely to commit to a look that’s hot today, but fades tomorrow.
That starts with having a realistic approach to which sections of the bedroom are best for making ambitious choices.
“If there are designs that are short-term trends you really like, use them sparingly,” she says.
Large-budget commitments such as 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 stuck when trends turn. Instead, Frederiksen recommends splurging on accessories or painting the bedroom in the “it” color of the year.
“Both are inexpensive to change 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 capture today’s trends while having a lasting look.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. Where pastels and pink colors have been hot 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. Finding a way to incorprorate these richer colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a space feel like a cozy pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors give 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. Much like the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a style that stays relevant, no matter the style. 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 natural views. And when it comes to financial investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless choice of black window frames, when featured in a quality product, can make bedroom windows a focal point of any design for years to come.
“I recently chose the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern style 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 influences 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 approach, with multiple pieces of small art dotting bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that large art 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 rooms have 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 creating more impact in bedroom design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are using 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 recommends for those wanting to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with behavior than style.
“If you really want to appreciate 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 designs and inspirations, stop by Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Woburn Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.