For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the concept of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can end up with pricey looks and a short shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t withstand the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “Homeowners don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look out of style if it’s oversaturated with trendy pieces.”
Through many remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a regular area where people are more often to be drawn to trends. It would make sense that since you spend so much time there, your bedroom should show a personal style that is timely and fashionable.
But Frederiksen says that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and up-to-date, it’s also important to keep things timeless. By having flexibility in your design pieces, and using a good strategy, you’ll be less likely to get caught with a look that’s hot today, but fades tomorrow.
That starts with having a realistic approach to which areas of the bedroom are best for making ambitious choices.
“If there are designs that are short-term trends you really are drawn to, use them sparingly,” she says.
Big-budget commitments such as beds, sofas or flooring are the most frequent places where homeowners can get overcommitted to the current looks of the moment only to find themselves unable to adjust when trends move on. Instead, Frederiksen advises splurging on accessories or painting the walls in the “it” color of the year.
“Both are inexpensive to change 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 having a lasting look.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. While pastels and pink colors have been popular over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she foresees a return to fuller colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Creating a way to incorprorate these richer colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a room feel like a comfy pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors bring 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. Similar to 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 looks, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking clean lines and a subtle frame for window views. And when it comes to budget investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless choice 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 look 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 adds to the look. “The finer 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 integrated well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall look, with many pieces of small art on bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that large art can take over wall space in a way that presents 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 creating more impact in living space design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are including textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room instead of a solid color.
“It brings a chance for style in a way that is convenient to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One final trend Frederiksen offers for those wanting 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 limit screen time,” she says. “Turn off devices before relaxing. Your body will thank you for it.”
For more information on Frederiksen’s work and inspirations, check out Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Boston Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.