For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the thought of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can lead to pricey looks and a quick shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t stand the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “Homeowners don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look outdated if it’s oversaturated with trendy pieces.”
Through many remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a frequent place where people are more prone to be pulled to trends. It would make sense that since you spend so much time there, your bedroom should show a personal style that is current and fashionable.
But Frederiksen mentions that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and up-to-date, it’s also important to keep some elements timeless. By maintaining flexibility in your design selections, and using a good strategy, you’ll be less likely to devote yourself to a trend that’s hot today, but fizzles tomorrow.
That starts with planning a realistic approach to which sections of the space are ripe for making ambitious choices.
“If there are looks that are short-term trends you really are drawn to, use them sparingly,” she says.
Large-budget commitments like 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 unable to adjust when trends move on. Instead, Frederiksen advises splurging on accessories or painting the bedroom 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 design a room that weighs what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and capture 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 anticipates a return to deeper colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Designing a way to incorprorate these fuller colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a space feel like a cozy pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors give bedrooms warmth and the sense 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 design 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 window views. And when it comes to cost investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless look of black window frames, when included as part of a quality product, can make bedroom windows a star of any design for years to come.
“I recently selected 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 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 integrated well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall style, with multiple 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 there is 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 using textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room instead of a solid color.
“It offers a chance for style in a way that is easy to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One other trend Frederiksen suggests for those hoping to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with behavior than style.
“If you really want to enjoy your bedroom, one trend should be to reduce screen time,” she says. “Turn off devices before getting in bed. 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 Monroe Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.