For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the concept of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can lead to pricey looks and a short 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 out of style if it’s oversaturated with trendy pieces.”
Through numerous remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a frequent place where people are more prone to be pulled to trends. It would make sense that because you spend so much time there, your bedroom should reflect a personal style that is current and stylish.
But Frederiksen mentions that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and timely, it’s also important to keep things timeless. By maintaining 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 having a realistic approach to which areas of the space are best for making bold choices.
“If there are styles that are short-term trends you really are drawn to, use them sparingly,” she says.
Large-budget commitments such as beds, sofas or flooring are the most common places where homeowners can get attracted to the hot looks of the moment only to find themselves unable to adjust when trends move on. Instead, Frederiksen recommends splurging on accessories or painting the bedroom 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 maintains what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and capture today’s trends while not overcommitting.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. Even though pastels and pink colors have been popular over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she sees a return to deeper 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 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 snug when it comes to their bedroom?
The little black dress of windows. Similar to the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a look that stays relevant, no matter the trends. Black window frames offer something to all décors, 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 choice of black window frames, when paired with a quality product, can make bedroom windows a focal point of any design for years to come.
“I recently selected the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern style because we needed top-notch 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 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 brought a bold, contemporary look that fit 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 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 featuring 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 easy 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 lifestyle than style.
“If you really want to enjoy your bedroom, one trend should be to cut back on screen time,” she says. “Turn off devices before getting in bed. 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 Indianapolis Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.