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 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 out of style if it’s oversaturated with trendy pieces.”
Through many remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a frequent place where people are more often 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 timely and stylish.
But Frederiksen says that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and up-to-date, it’s also important to keep parts of the room timeless. By keeping flexibility in your design selections, and using a good approach, you’ll be less likely to get caught with a style that’s hot today, but cools tomorrow.
That starts with planning a realistic approach to which sections of the space 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 including 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 unable to adjust when trends change. Instead, Frederiksen recommends decorating with 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 create a room that maintains what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and catch today’s trends while standing the test of time.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. Even though pastels and pink colors have been hot over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she sees a return to more vibrant colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Finding a way to incorprorate these fuller colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a room feel like a warm pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors give bedrooms warmth and the idea 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 design that stays relevant, no matter the style. 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 window views. And when it comes to financial investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless look 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 chose 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 influences 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 brought a bold, contemporary look that blended well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall approach, with multiple pieces of small art dotting bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that larger artwork can take over wall space in a way that creates more calm to the room.
“Bedrooms should be a relaxing area 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 developing 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 brings a chance for style in a way that is simple to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One other trend Frederiksen recommends for those looking 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 retiring for the night. 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 Cheyenne Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.