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 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 “People don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look outdated if it’s oversaturated with trendy pieces.”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 regular room where people are more prone to be attracted to trends. It would make sense that as you spend so much time there, your bedroom should show a personal style that is updated and fashionable.
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 keeping flexibility in your design pieces, and using a good strategy, you’ll be less likely to devote yourself to a look that’s hot today, but cools tomorrow.
That starts with taking a realistic approach to which areas of the space are right for making bold choices.
“If there are designs that are short-term trends you really like, use them sparingly,” she says.
Larger-budget commitments such as beds, sofas or flooring are the most frequent areas where homeowners can get overcommitted to the trendy looks of the moment only to find themselves unable to adjust when trends move on. Instead, Frederiksen recommends splurging on accessories or painting the walls in the “it” color of the year.
“Both are inexpensive to reset when the look dies,” Frederiksen says. “And it will.”
Here are some ways that Frederiksen suggests homeowners can create a room that maintains what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and capture today’s trends while standing the test of time.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. Where pastels and pink colors have been hot over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she sees a return to more vibrant colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Finding a way to integrate these fuller colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a room 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 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 style that stays relevant, no matter the style. Black window frames offer something to all décors, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking clean lines and a subtle frame for window views. And when it comes to budget investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless style 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 selected the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern design 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 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 gave a bold, contemporary look that integrated well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall style, with many pieces of small art decorating bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that large art can take over wall space in a way that creates more calm to the room.
“Bedrooms should be a relaxing area for your brain to rest and sometimes rooms have 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 developing more impact in bedroom design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are featuring 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 final trend Frederiksen recommends for those hoping to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with lifestyle than style.
“If you really want to enjoy your bedroom, one trend should be to reduce screen time,” she says. “Turn off devices before getting in bed. Your body will thank you for it.”
For more information on Frederiksen’s remodels and inspirations, visit Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Casper Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.