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 end up with pricey looks and a fleeting shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t stand the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “Homeowners don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look passé if it’s oversaturated with trendy pieces.”
Through numerous remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a common room where people are more prone to be pulled to trends. It would make sense that because you spend so much time there, your bedroom should show a personal style that is current and stylish.
But Frederiksen mentions that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and modern, it’s also important to keep some elements timeless. By maintaining flexibility in your design choices, and using a good approach, 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 bedroom are best for making ambitious choices.
“If there are styles that are short-term trends you really love, use them sparingly,” she says.
Big-budget commitments like beds, sofas or flooring are the most likely elements where homeowners can get attracted to the current looks of the moment only to find themselves left behind when trends move on. Instead, Frederiksen recommends splurging on accessories or painting the bedroom 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 design a room that weighs 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 anticipates a return to deeper colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Finding 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 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. Much like the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a style that stays impactful, no matter the trends. Black window frames offer something to all designs, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking clean lines and a subtle frame for outdoor views. And when it comes to cost investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless style of black window frames, when included as part of 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 design 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 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 look, with many pieces of small art on bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that big pieces can take over wall space in a way that presents 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 creating more impact in living space design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are using textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room instead of a solid color.
“It offers a chance for style in a way that is convenient to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One last trend Frederiksen suggests for those looking to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with behavior than style.
“If you really want to enjoy your bedroom, one trend should be to limit screen time,” she says. “Turn off devices before getting in bed. Your body will thank you for it.”
For more information on Frederiksen’s designs and inspirations, stop by Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Shrewsbury Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.