For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the idea of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can result in pricey looks and a quick shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t withstand the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “People don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look outdated if it’s oversaturated with trendy pieces.”
Through a career of remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a common room where people are more often to be attracted to trends. It would make sense that since you spend so much time there, your bedroom should maintain a personal style that is timely and fashionable.
But Frederiksen warns that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and timely, it’s also important to keep parts of the room timeless. By maintaining flexibility in your design choices, and using a good approach, you’ll be less likely to devote yourself to a look that’s hot today, but cools tomorrow.
That starts with planning a realistic approach to which parts of the space are right for making big choices.
“If there are looks that are short-term trends you really like, use them sparingly,” she says.
Big-budget commitments including beds, sofas or flooring are the most likely elements where homeowners can get caught up in the hot looks of the moment only to find themselves left behind when trends turn. Instead, Frederiksen advises splurging on 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 design a room that weighs what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and catch today’s trends while standing the test of time.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. Even though pastels and pink colors have been trendy over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she anticipates a return to deeper colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Finding a way to include these richer colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a space feel like a warm 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. Much like the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a look that stays current, no matter the style. Black window frames offer something to all designs, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking sleek lines and a subtle frame for window views. And when it comes to financial 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 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 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 blended well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall approach, with many pieces of small art decorating bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that large art can take over wall space in a way that creates more calm to the room.
“Bedrooms should be a refuge for your brain to rest and sometimes walls include too much to look at,” she says. “Larger, singular pieces of art help provide a restful room beautifully.”
Accenting with textures. Another example of committing less, but bringing more impact in living space design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are including 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 last trend Frederiksen offers for those hoping to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with lifestyle than style.
“If you really want to love your bedroom, one trend should be to reduce 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 work and inspirations, stop by Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Minneapolis Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.