For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the concept of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can lead to pricey looks and a quick shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t withstand 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 looks.”
Through a career of remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a regular room 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 updated and stylish.
But Frederiksen mentions that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and modern, it’s also important to keep some elements timeless. By maintaining flexibility in your design selections, and using a good plan, you’ll be less likely to commit to a look that’s hot today, but fizzles tomorrow.
That starts with taking a realistic approach to which parts of the space are ripe for making ambitious choices.
“If there are looks that are short-term trends you really like, use them sparingly,” she says.
Larger-budget commitments such as beds, sofas or flooring are the most frequent areas where homeowners can get caught up in the trendy looks of the moment only to find themselves stuck when trends change. Instead, Frederiksen advises decorating with 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 reflect today’s trends while standing the test of time.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. While pastels and pink colors have been trendy 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 deeper colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a bedroom feel like a comfy pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors provide bedrooms warmth and the sense 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 style that stays current, no matter the trends. Black window frames offer something to all designs, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking sharp lines and a subtle frame for natural views. And when it comes to financial investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless style of black window frames, when paired with a quality product, can make bedroom windows a star of any design for years to come.
“I recently chose the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern design 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 becomes a part of 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 brought 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 brings 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 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 rather than a solid color.
“It offers 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 wanting to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with actions 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, visit Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Overland Park Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.