For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the thought of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can result in pricey looks and a quick shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t weather 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 frequent place where people are more prone to be drawn 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 up-to-date, it’s also important to keep parts of the room timeless. By having flexibility in your design selections, and using a good strategy, you’ll be less likely to get caught with a style that’s hot today, but cools tomorrow.
That starts with taking a realistic approach to which sections of the space are ripe for making ambitious choices.
“If there are looks that are short-term trends you really love, use them sparingly,” she says.
Larger-budget commitments like beds, sofas or flooring are the most likely elements where homeowners can get attracted to the trendy looks of the moment only to find themselves stuck when trends change. Instead, Frederiksen recommends decorating with accessories or painting the walls 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 create a room that weighs 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 hot 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 cozy 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 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 look that stays impactful, no matter the style. 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 budget investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless style 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 used 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 influences 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 created a bold, contemporary look that fit well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall look, with numerous 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 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 peaceful room beautifully.”
Accenting with textures. Another example of committing less, but creating more impact in living space design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are featuring textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room instead of a solid color.
“It provides 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 looking to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with actions than style.
“If you really want to appreciate 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 remodels and inspirations, visit Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Des Moines Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.