Balancing the Trendy with the Timeless When Creating a Perfect Bedroom
For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the concept 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. “People don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look passé if it’s oversaturated with trendy touches.”
Through many remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a regular place where people are more prone to be pulled to trends. It would make sense that since you spend so much time there, your bedroom should show a personal style that is updated and stylish.
But Frederiksen says 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 selections, and using a good approach, you’ll be less likely to devote yourself to a look that’s hot today, but cools tomorrow.
That starts with planning a realistic approach to which sections of the room are ripe for making bold choices.
“If there are styles that are short-term trends you really are drawn to, use them sparingly,” she says.
Larger-budget commitments such as beds, sofas or flooring are the most likely areas where homeowners can get caught up in the trendy looks of the moment only to find themselves stuck when trends turn. Instead, Frederiksen recommends indulging in accessories or painting the walls 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 develop a room that maintains what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and reflect today’s trends while not overcommitting.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. Where pastels and pink colors have been hot over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she anticipates a return to more vibrant colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Designing a way to integrate these richer colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a space feel like a cozy 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 snug 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 current, no matter the décor. 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 window 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 standout of any design for years to come.
“I recently selected the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern look because we needed high-quality 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 small 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 fit well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall style, with multiple 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 place for your brain to rest and sometimes there is too much to look at,” she says. “Larger, singular pieces of art help provide a restful room beautifully.”
Accenting with textures. Another example of committing less, but bringing more impact in room design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are including textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room in place of a solid color.
“It provides a chance for style in a way that is convenient to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One last trend Frederiksen offers for those looking to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with lifestyle 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 getting in bed. Your body will thank you for it.”
For more information on Frederiksen’s work and inspirations, check out Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Ketchum Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.