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 weather 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 looks.”
Through many remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a common place where people are more prone to be drawn 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 mentions that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and modern, it’s also important to keep things timeless. By having 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 fizzles tomorrow.
That starts with taking a realistic approach to which sections of the space are right for making bold choices.
“If there are styles that are short-term trends you really like, use them sparingly,” she says.
Larger-budget commitments including beds, sofas or flooring are the most frequent areas where homeowners can get attracted to the hot looks of the moment only to find themselves left behind when trends change. 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 develop a room that maintains what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and capture today’s trends while having a lasting look.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. Where pastels and pink colors have been trendy over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she foresees a return to deeper colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Creating a way to include these fuller 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 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 design that stays impactful, no matter the décor. Black window frames offer something to all designs, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking sharp 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 featured in a quality product, can make bedroom windows a focal point of any design for years to come.
“I recently selected the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern look 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 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 brought a bold, contemporary look that fit well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall style, with numerous pieces of small art decorating bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that big pieces can take over wall space in a way that brings more calm to the room.
“Bedrooms should be a place for your brain to rest and sometimes walls include 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 living space design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are featuring textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room instead of 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 other trend Frederiksen offers 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 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, check out Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Greenfield Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.