Balancing the Trendy with the Timeless When Creating a Perfect Bedroom
For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the concept of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can result in pricey looks and a quick shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t withstand the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “Families don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look out of style if it’s oversaturated with trendy pieces.”
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 attracted to trends. It would make sense that because you spend so much time there, your bedroom should maintain a personal style that is current and chic.
But Frederiksen says 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 pieces, and using a good approach, you’ll be less likely to devote yourself to a look that’s hot today, but fizzles tomorrow.
That starts with having a realistic approach to which parts of the bedroom are ripe for making ambitious choices.
“If there are looks that are short-term trends you really love, use them sparingly,” she says.
Big-budget commitments like 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 turn. Instead, Frederiksen recommends decorating with accessories or painting the bedroom 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 design 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 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 deeper colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a bedroom feel like a comfy pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors bring 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 look that stays current, no matter the style. 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 outdoor views. And when it comes to financial investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless style of black window frames, when paired with a quality product, can make bedroom windows a focal point of any design for years to come.
“I recently used 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 created a bold, contemporary look that blended 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 brings more calm to the room.
“Bedrooms should be a relaxing area 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 bringing more impact in room 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 simple to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One final trend Frederiksen offers for those looking to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with lifestyle than style.
“If you really want to appreciate your bedroom, one trend should be to cut back on 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 Birmingham Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.