Balancing the Trendy with the Timeless When Creating a Perfect Bedroom
For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the thought of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can lead to pricey looks and a fleeting 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 out of style if it’s oversaturated with trendy pieces.”
Through numerous 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 because you spend so much time there, your bedroom should reflect a personal style that is current and chic.
But Frederiksen warns that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and modern, it’s also important to keep some elements timeless. By having flexibility in your design choices, and using a good plan, you’ll be less likely to get caught with a style that’s hot today, but cools tomorrow.
That starts with having a realistic approach to which parts of the space are right for making big choices.
“If there are designs that are short-term trends you really love, use them sparingly,” she says.
Big-budget commitments including beds, sofas or flooring are the most frequent places where homeowners can get caught up in the hot looks of the moment only to find themselves stuck when trends turn. Instead, Frederiksen recommends indulging in 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 develop a room that maintains what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and reflect 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 anticipates a return to deeper colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Designing a way to incorprorate these deeper colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a space feel like a cozy pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors give bedrooms warmth and the idea 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. Much like the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a style that stays impactful, no matter the décor. Black window frames offer something to all looks, 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 choice 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 used the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern look 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 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 gave a bold, contemporary look that integrated 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 large art 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 peaceful room beautifully.”
Accenting with textures. Another example of committing less, but bringing more impact in bedroom design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are including textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room rather than a solid color.
“It brings a chance for style in a way that is easy to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One last 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 love 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, visit Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Victoria Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.