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 lead to 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 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 common area 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 timely 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 maintaining flexibility in your design selections, and using a good plan, 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 room are best for making bold choices.
“If there are designs that are short-term trends you really are drawn to, use them sparingly,” she says.
Larger-budget commitments including 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 left behind when trends turn. Instead, Frederiksen recommends indulging in accessories or painting the room 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 develop 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. Even though pastels and pink colors have been popular over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she foresees a return to fuller 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 room feel like a comfy 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 cozy 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 looks, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking sleek lines and a subtle frame for outdoor views. And when it comes to budget investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless style of black window frames, when included as part of 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 adds to 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 created a bold, contemporary look that fit well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall look, with multiple pieces of small art dotting 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 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 bringing more impact in bedroom design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are using textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room rather than 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 suggests for those wanting to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with actions than style.
“If you really want to enjoy your bedroom, one trend should be to limit screen time,” she says. “Turn off devices before relaxing. 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 Decatur Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.