For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the thought of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can end up with pricey looks and a short shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t weather 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 numerous remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a frequent area where people are more prone 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 current and stylish.
But Frederiksen mentions that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and up-to-date, it’s also important to keep parts of the room timeless. By keeping flexibility in your design choices, and using a good approach, you’ll be less likely to devote yourself to a style that’s hot today, but cools tomorrow.
That starts with planning a realistic approach to which parts of the room are best for making bold choices.
“If there are designs that are short-term trends you really love, use them sparingly,” she says.
Big-budget commitments like beds, sofas or flooring are the most likely places where homeowners can get attracted to the trendy looks of the moment only to find themselves unable to adjust when trends turn. Instead, Frederiksen advises splurging on accessories or painting the walls 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 create a room that weighs what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and catch 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 more vibrant 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 room feel like a comfy pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors provide bedrooms warmth and the feeling 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. Like the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a design that stays impactful, no matter the décor. Black window frames offer something to all décors, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking sharp lines and a subtle frame for natural views. And when it comes to cost investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless style of black window frames, when included as part of a quality product, can make bedroom windows a star of any design for years to come.
“I recently selected 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 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 gave a bold, contemporary look that integrated well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall approach, with numerous 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 there is 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 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 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 enjoy your bedroom, one trend should be to limit screen time,” she says. “Turn off devices before retiring for the night. Your body will thank you for it.”
For more information on Frederiksen’s designs and inspirations, check out Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Raleigh Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.