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. “Families don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look passé if it’s oversaturated with trendy touches.”
Through many remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a regular room where people are more prone to be pulled to trends. It would make sense that as you spend so much time there, your bedroom should maintain a personal style that is timely and chic.
But Frederiksen mentions that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and timely, it’s also important to keep some elements timeless. By having flexibility in your design pieces, and using a good approach, you’ll be less likely to get caught with a look that’s hot today, but fades tomorrow.
That starts with taking a realistic approach to which parts of the room are best for making bold choices.
“If there are styles that are short-term trends you really love, 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 trendy looks of the moment only to find themselves unable to adjust when trends move on. Instead, Frederiksen advises 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 design a room that balances what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and reflect today’s trends while standing the test of time.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. Where pastels and pink colors have been trendy 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 include these fuller 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 cozy 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 style that stays impactful, no matter the trends. 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 cost 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 chose 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 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 brought a bold, contemporary look that integrated well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall style, with numerous 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 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 relaxing 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 provides a chance for style in a way that is simple to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One final trend Frederiksen suggests for those wanting 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 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 designs and inspirations, check out Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Grand Rapids Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.