Balancing the Trendy with the Timeless When Creating a Perfect Bedroom
For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the concept of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can lead to pricey looks and a short shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t stand 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 area where people are more prone 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 stylish.
But Frederiksen says that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and up-to-date, it’s also important to keep some elements timeless. By having flexibility in your design pieces, and using a good plan, you’ll be less likely to commit to a trend that’s hot today, but fades tomorrow.
That starts with taking a realistic approach to which parts of the bedroom are right for making ambitious choices.
“If there are looks that are short-term trends you really love, use them sparingly,” she says.
Larger-budget commitments such as beds, sofas or flooring are the most likely places where homeowners can get overcommitted to the hot looks of the moment only to find themselves stuck when trends change. Instead, Frederiksen recommends decorating with accessories or painting the room 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 develop a room that balances what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and capture today’s trends while not overcommitting.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. Even though pastels and pink colors have been trendy over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she anticipates a return to fuller 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 space feel like a warm pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors give bedrooms warmth and the sense 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 design that stays impactful, no matter the décor. Black window frames offer something to all looks, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking clean 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 focal point of any design for years to come.
“I recently selected the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern design 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 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 brought a bold, contemporary look that blended well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall style, with many 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 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 creating more impact in room design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are using 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 easy to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One last trend Frederiksen offers for those looking 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 cut back on screen time,” she says. “Turn off devices before relaxing. Your body will thank you for it.”
For more information on Frederiksen’s work and inspirations, visit Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Baton Rouge Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.