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 weather 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 looks.”
Through numerous remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a regular area where people are more likely to be attracted 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 warns that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and timely, it’s also important to keep things timeless. By having flexibility in your design pieces, and using a good plan, you’ll be less likely to get caught with a look that’s hot today, but fizzles tomorrow.
That starts with taking a realistic approach to which sections of the room are right for making bold choices.
“If there are styles that are short-term trends you really love, use them sparingly,” she says.
Large-budget commitments including beds, sofas or flooring are the most likely elements where homeowners can get overcommitted to the hot looks of the moment only to find themselves stuck when trends change. Instead, Frederiksen recommends indulging in accessories or painting the walls 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 weighs what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and reflect today’s trends while having a lasting look.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. While 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. Creating a way to integrate these deeper colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a space feel like a comfy pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors provide bedrooms warmth and the idea 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. Like the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a design that stays current, no matter the décor. 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 window views. And when it comes to cost investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless choice of black window frames, when included as part of 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 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 influences 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 created a bold, contemporary look that blended well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall approach, with numerous pieces of small art decorating bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that big pieces 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 there is 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 featuring 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 easy to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One other trend Frederiksen offers for those wanting 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 reduce screen time,” she says. “Turn off devices before relaxing. Your body will thank you for it.”
For more information on Frederiksen’s remodels and inspirations, check out Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Albuquerque Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.