Balancing the Trendy with the Timeless When Creating a Perfect Bedroom
For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the idea of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can result in pricey looks and a short shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t stand 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 touches.”
Through a career of remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a frequent area 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 updated and stylish.
But Frederiksen mentions that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and timely, it’s also important to keep parts of the room timeless. By keeping flexibility in your design choices, and using a good approach, you’ll be less likely to commit to a style that’s hot today, but fades tomorrow.
That starts with taking a realistic approach to which parts of the bedroom are ripe for making bold choices.
“If there are looks that are short-term trends you really love, use them sparingly,” she says.
Big-budget commitments such as beds, sofas or flooring are the most common areas where homeowners can get attracted to the current looks of the moment only to find themselves left behind when trends turn. Instead, Frederiksen advises 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 create a room that weighs what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and catch today’s trends while not overcommitting.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. While pastels and pink colors have been hot 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. Finding a way to include these richer colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a space feel like a warm 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. Similar to 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 sleek 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 featured in a quality product, can make bedroom windows a star 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-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 adds to 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 brought a bold, contemporary look that integrated well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall style, with multiple pieces of small art dotting 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 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 peaceful room beautifully.”
Accenting with textures. Another example of committing less, but creating more impact in bedroom design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are featuring 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 simple to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One last 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 appreciate your bedroom, one trend should be to cut back on 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 designs and inspirations, visit Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Idaho Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.