For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the idea of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can end up with pricey looks and a fleeting shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t stand the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “People don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look passé if it’s oversaturated with trendy looks.”
Through numerous remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a regular place where people are more likely to be attracted to trends. It would make sense that because you spend so much time there, your bedroom should reflect a personal style that is updated and fashionable.
But Frederiksen warns that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and up-to-date, it’s also important to keep some elements timeless. By keeping flexibility in your design selections, and using a good plan, you’ll be less likely to devote yourself to a style that’s hot today, but fizzles tomorrow.
That starts with planning a realistic approach to which parts of the bedroom are best for making ambitious choices.
“If there are styles 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 likely areas where homeowners can get attracted to the trendy looks of the moment only to find themselves left behind when trends turn. Instead, Frederiksen advises splurging on accessories or painting the room 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 create a room that weighs what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and reflect today’s trends while not overcommitting.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. While 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 bedroom feel like a warm 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 cozy when it comes to their bedroom?
The little black dress of windows. 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 looks, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking sleek lines and a subtle frame for outdoor 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 used the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern look 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 small 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 integrated well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall approach, with multiple pieces of small art decorating bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that larger artwork can take over wall space in a way that creates more calm to the room.
“Bedrooms should be a place 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 bringing more impact in bedroom design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are featuring textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room in place 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 suggests for those looking to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with lifestyle than style.
“If you really want to appreciate 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, check out Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Scottsdale Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.