For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the idea of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can end up with pricey looks and a fleeting shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t weather 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 looks.”
Through a career of remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a frequent room where people are more likely to be pulled to trends. It would make sense that as you spend so much time there, your bedroom should show a personal style that is updated and chic.
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 strategy, you’ll be less likely to commit to a trend that’s hot today, but fades tomorrow.
That starts with planning a realistic approach to which areas of the space are ripe for making big choices.
“If there are styles that are short-term trends you really love, use them sparingly,” she says.
Larger-budget commitments like beds, sofas or flooring are the most likely places where homeowners can get attracted to the trendy looks of the moment only to find themselves left behind when trends turn. 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 create a room that balances what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and reflect today’s trends while having a lasting look.
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 integrate these deeper colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a room feel like a cozy 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 style that stays current, 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 financial investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless look of black window frames, when paired with 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 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 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 created a bold, contemporary look that fit well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall look, with many pieces of small art dotting bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that larger artwork can take over wall space in a way that creates more calm to the room.
“Bedrooms should be a place for your brain to rest and sometimes there is 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 living space design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are using textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room in place 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 final trend Frederiksen suggests for those hoping 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 work and inspirations, stop by Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Asheville Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.