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 end up with pricey looks and a short shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t withstand 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 common room where people are more often to be drawn to trends. It would make sense that since you spend so much time there, your bedroom should show a personal style that is current and fashionable.
But Frederiksen mentions that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and timely, it’s also important to keep some elements timeless. By having flexibility in your design selections, and using a good strategy, you’ll be less likely to commit to a trend that’s hot today, but cools tomorrow.
That starts with taking a realistic approach to which areas of the bedroom are ripe for making big choices.
“If there are designs that are short-term trends you really are drawn to, use them sparingly,” she says.
Big-budget commitments such as beds, sofas or flooring are the most likely areas where homeowners can get caught up in the hot looks of the moment only to find themselves unable to adjust when trends change. Instead, Frederiksen recommends splurging on 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 design a room that maintains what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and catch today’s trends while having a lasting look.
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 sees a return to deeper colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Designing a way to incorprorate these fuller colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a space feel like a warm 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 enveloped 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 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 window views. And when it comes to cost investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless style of black window frames, when included as part of a quality product, can make bedroom windows a focal point of any design for years to come.
“I recently used 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 finer 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 multiple pieces of small art decorating bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that large art 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 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 room design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are featuring textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room instead 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 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 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 remodels and inspirations, stop by Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Eau Claire Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.