For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the idea of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can result in pricey looks and a fleeting 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 out of style if it’s oversaturated with trendy touches.”
Through many remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a frequent room where people are more often to be attracted 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 timely, it’s also important to keep things timeless. By having flexibility in your design selections, and using a good approach, you’ll be less likely to get caught with a trend that’s hot today, but fades tomorrow.
That starts with having a realistic approach to which sections of the space are right for making bold choices.
“If there are looks that are short-term trends you really like, use them sparingly,” she says.
Big-budget commitments such as beds, sofas or flooring are the most likely elements where homeowners can get overcommitted to the trendy looks of the moment only to find themselves stuck when trends turn. Instead, Frederiksen suggests decorating with accessories or painting the room in the “it” color of the year.
“Both are inexpensive to alter when the look dies,” Frederiksen says. “And it will.”
Here are some ways that Frederiksen suggests homeowners can create a room that balances what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and catch today’s trends while not overcommitting.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. While pastels and pink colors have been trendy 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. Finding a way to incorprorate these deeper colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a room feel like a cozy pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors provide bedrooms warmth and the feeling of being in a cocoon,” says Frederiksen. And who doesn’t want to feel enveloped when it comes to their bedroom?
The little black dress of windows. Like the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a style that stays current, no matter the style. Black window frames offer something to all looks, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking sleek lines and a subtle frame for outdoor views. And when it comes to cost investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless choice of black window frames, when featured in a quality product, can make bedroom windows a focal point of any design for years to come.
“I recently chose the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern style 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 adds to 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 blended 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 larger artwork 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 rooms have 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 developing more impact in bedroom design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are featuring textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room in place 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 other trend Frederiksen suggests 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 limit screen time,” she says. “Turn off devices before getting in bed. 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 Salt Lake City Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.