For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the thought of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can lead to pricey looks and a short shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t stand 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 “People don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look outdated if it’s oversaturated with trendy looks.”
Through a career of remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a regular 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 warns that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and modern, it’s also important to keep parts of the room timeless. By having flexibility in your design pieces, and using a good plan, you’ll be less likely to devote yourself to a style that’s hot today, but cools tomorrow.
That starts with planning a realistic approach to which parts of the room are right for making ambitious choices.
“If there are designs that are short-term trends you really love, use them sparingly,” she says.
Large-budget commitments including beds, sofas or flooring are the most likely places where homeowners can get overcommitted to the hot looks of the moment only to find themselves stuck when trends change. 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 design a room that maintains what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and catch today’s trends while having a lasting look.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. While pastels and pink colors have been hot over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she foresees a return to deeper colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Creating a way to integrate these richer 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 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. Similar to the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a look that stays impactful, no matter the trends. Black window frames offer something to all décors, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking clean lines and a subtle frame for outdoor views. And when it comes to financial investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless choice 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 used the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern design because we needed top-of-the-line 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 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 gave 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 on bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that big pieces can take over wall space in a way that presents more calm to the room.
“Bedrooms should be a relaxing area 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 creating more impact in living space design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are featuring textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room rather than 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 hoping to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with actions 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, visit Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Hingham Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.