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 weather the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “People don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look passé 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 common place where people are more often to be attracted to trends. It would make sense that as you spend so much time there, your bedroom should reflect a personal style that is current and fashionable.
But Frederiksen warns that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and timely, it’s also important to keep some elements timeless. By having 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 cools tomorrow.
That starts with planning a realistic approach to which parts of the room are best for making bold choices.
“If there are looks 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 areas 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 suggests indulging in accessories or painting the walls 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 maintains what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and reflect today’s trends while standing the test of time.
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 deeper colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Finding a way to include these richer colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a bedroom feel like a cozy pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors bring bedrooms warmth and the sense 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 style that stays relevant, no matter the trends. Black window frames offer something to all décors, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking sleek lines and a subtle frame for natural views. And when it comes to budget investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless choice 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 chose the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern look 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 becomes a part of the look. “The small 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 style, with multiple pieces of small art on 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 place for your brain to rest and sometimes rooms have 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 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 provides a chance for style in a way that is convenient to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One final trend Frederiksen recommends for those wanting to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with behavior than style.
“If you really want to love your bedroom, one trend should be to cut back on screen time,” she says. “Turn off devices before relaxing. Your body will thank you for it.”
For more information on Frederiksen’s designs and inspirations, visit Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Jackson Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.