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 weather 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 looks.”
Through numerous remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a regular area where people are more likely to be attracted to trends. It would make sense that because you spend so much time there, your bedroom should show a personal style that is updated and fashionable.
But Frederiksen warns that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and modern, it’s also important to keep things timeless. By keeping flexibility in your design pieces, and using a good strategy, you’ll be less likely to commit to a style that’s hot today, but fades tomorrow.
That starts with planning a realistic approach to which areas of the bedroom are best for making ambitious choices.
“If there are styles that are short-term trends you really are drawn to, use them sparingly,” she says.
Large-budget commitments like beds, sofas or flooring are the most common places where homeowners can get caught up in the trendy looks of the moment only to find themselves stuck when trends move on. Instead, Frederiksen suggests splurging on accessories or painting the bedroom 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 balances what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and catch today’s trends while not overcommitting.
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 foresees a return to deeper colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Finding a way to integrate these richer colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a room feel like a warm 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 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 current, no matter the trends. 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 budget 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 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 becomes a part of 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 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 larger artwork 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 walls include 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 developing more impact in living space design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are featuring 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 convenient to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One other trend Frederiksen offers for those wanting 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 reduce screen time,” she says. “Turn off devices before relaxing. Your body will thank you for it.”
For more information on Frederiksen’s designs and inspirations, stop by Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Mankato Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.