For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the idea 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 looks.”
Through a career of remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a frequent room where people are more likely to be pulled to trends. It would make sense that as you spend so much time there, your bedroom should show a personal style that is timely and chic.
But Frederiksen says that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and modern, it’s also important to keep things timeless. By keeping flexibility in your design selections, and using a good strategy, you’ll be less likely to commit to a trend that’s hot today, but fizzles tomorrow.
That starts with planning a realistic approach to which parts of the bedroom are right for making big choices.
“If there are designs that are short-term trends you really are drawn to, use them sparingly,” she says.
Larger-budget commitments such as beds, sofas or flooring are the most common elements 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 decorating with 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 develop a room that maintains what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and capture today’s trends while not overcommitting.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. Where pastels and pink colors have been hot over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she anticipates a return to more vibrant colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Designing a way to integrate these richer colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a space feel like a comfy pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors bring 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. Like the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a style that stays current, no matter the décor. 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 cost investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless look 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 selected 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 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 brought a bold, contemporary look that integrated well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall style, with many pieces of small art decorating 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 place for your brain to rest and sometimes rooms have 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 developing more impact in bedroom design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are using 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 final trend Frederiksen suggests 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 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, stop by Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Long Island Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.