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 end up with 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 “People don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look outdated if it’s oversaturated with trendy touches.”
Through numerous remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a frequent room where people are more often to be pulled to trends. It would make sense that because you spend so much time there, your bedroom should maintain a personal style that is current and stylish.
But Frederiksen warns that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and up-to-date, it’s also important to keep things timeless. By having flexibility in your design selections, and using a good approach, you’ll be less likely to commit to a trend that’s hot today, but fades tomorrow.
That starts with having a realistic approach to which areas of the room 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 such as beds, sofas or flooring are the most common areas where homeowners can get overcommitted to the current looks of the moment only to find themselves unable to adjust when trends change. 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 create a room that maintains what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and reflect today’s trends while having a lasting look.
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 foresees a return to deeper 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 bedroom feel like a comfy pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors bring bedrooms warmth and the idea 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 impactful, no matter the décor. 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 outdoor views. And when it comes to budget investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless look of black window frames, when featured in a quality product, can make bedroom windows a star 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 becomes a part of 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 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 decorating 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 relaxing room beautifully.”
Accenting with textures. Another example of committing less, but creating more impact in bedroom 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 provides a chance for style in a way that is simple to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One other 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 relaxing. Your body will thank you for it.”
For more information on Frederiksen’s designs and inspirations, check out Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Edmonton Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.