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 quick 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 “People don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look outdated if it’s oversaturated with trendy pieces.”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 common room where people are more likely to be pulled to trends. It would make sense that because you spend so much time there, your bedroom should reflect a personal style that is updated and chic.
But Frederiksen says that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and timely, it’s also important to keep parts of the room timeless. By having flexibility in your design selections, and using a good plan, you’ll be less likely to devote yourself to a trend that’s hot today, but fizzles tomorrow.
That starts with taking a realistic approach to which sections of the room are ripe for making ambitious choices.
“If there are styles that are short-term trends you really love, use them sparingly,” she says.
Big-budget commitments including beds, sofas or flooring are the most likely elements where homeowners can get overcommitted to the hot looks of the moment only to find themselves left behind when trends move on. Instead, Frederiksen advises 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 balances 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. 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 deeper colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a bedroom feel like a warm pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors provide bedrooms warmth and the feeling of being in a cocoon,” says Frederiksen. And who doesn’t want to feel snug 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 relevant, no matter the décor. Black window frames offer something to all designs, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking sleek 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 featured in a quality product, can make bedroom windows a standout 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-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 influences 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 blended well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall approach, with numerous pieces of small art on bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that big pieces can take over wall space in a way that creates more calm to the room.
“Bedrooms should be a refuge for your brain to rest and sometimes walls include 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 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 convenient to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One final trend Frederiksen offers for those looking to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with behavior than style.
“If you really want to love 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, check out Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Danville Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.