For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the concept of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can end up with 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 touches.”
Through numerous remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a common area where people are more prone to be drawn 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 warns that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and timely, it’s also important to keep things timeless. By keeping flexibility in your design selections, and using a good plan, you’ll be less likely to commit to a look that’s hot today, but cools tomorrow.
That starts with taking 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 love, use them sparingly,” she says.
Larger-budget commitments including beds, sofas or flooring are the most frequent areas where homeowners can get overcommitted to the trendy looks of the moment only to find themselves stuck when trends turn. Instead, Frederiksen suggests 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 maintains what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and catch today’s trends while not overcommitting.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. Where pastels and pink colors have been popular over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she foresees a return to more vibrant colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Designing a way to integrate these deeper colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a space feel like a warm pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors give bedrooms warmth and the idea 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. Much like the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a style that stays relevant, 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 financial investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless style of black window frames, when included as part of a quality product, can make bedroom windows a standout of any design for years to come.
“I recently used 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 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 created a bold, contemporary look that integrated 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 brings 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 including 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 easy to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One last 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 love your bedroom, one trend should be to cut back on 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, stop by Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Kalamazoo Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.