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 lead to 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 pieces.”
Through numerous remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a regular room 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 timely and fashionable.
But Frederiksen says that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and modern, it’s also important to keep parts of the room timeless. By maintaining flexibility in your design pieces, and using a good approach, you’ll be less likely to get caught with a style that’s hot today, but fades tomorrow.
That starts with planning a realistic approach to which parts of the space are best for making ambitious choices.
“If there are styles that are short-term trends you really like, use them sparingly,” she says.
Large-budget commitments such as beds, sofas or flooring are the most frequent places where homeowners can get overcommitted to the current looks of the moment only to find themselves stuck when trends change. Instead, Frederiksen suggests 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 design a room that weighs what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and reflect today’s trends while having a lasting look.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. Where pastels and pink colors have been popular over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she sees a return to fuller colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Creating a way to incorprorate these deeper colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a room feel like a comfy 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 cozy 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 style that stays current, no matter the style. Black window frames offer something to all décors, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking clean lines and a subtle frame for natural views. And when it comes to budget investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless look of black window frames, when paired with 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 style because we needed top-of-the-line 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 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 fit well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall look, with multiple pieces of small art on bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that big pieces 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 there is too much to look at,” she says. “Larger, singular pieces of art help provide a relaxing room beautifully.”
Accenting with textures. Another example of committing less, but creating more impact in bedroom design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are including textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room rather than a solid color.
“It offers a chance for style in a way that is easy to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One other trend Frederiksen suggests for those wanting 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 retiring for the night. 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 Bloomington, IN Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.