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 short 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 touches.”
Through many 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 reflect a personal style that is updated and stylish.
But Frederiksen warns that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and timely, it’s also important to keep things timeless. By having flexibility in your design pieces, and using a good plan, you’ll be less likely to commit to a look that’s hot today, but cools tomorrow.
That starts with taking a realistic approach to which sections of the room are best for making bold choices.
“If there are designs that are short-term trends you really love, use them sparingly,” she says.
Big-budget commitments including beds, sofas or flooring are the most common places where homeowners can get overcommitted to the trendy looks of the moment only to find themselves stuck when trends move on. Instead, Frederiksen suggests decorating with 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 balances what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and catch today’s trends while not overcommitting.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. While pastels and pink colors have been trendy over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she foresees a return to fuller 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 room feel like a warm pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors give 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. Much like 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 designs, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking clean lines and a subtle frame for outdoor views. And when it comes to cost investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless look of black window frames, when paired with 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 design because we needed high-quality 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 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 look, with multiple pieces of small art decorating 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 place for your brain to rest and sometimes rooms have 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 creating more impact in bedroom design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are featuring textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room instead 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 final trend Frederiksen suggests for those looking to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with behavior 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 retiring for the night. Your body will thank you for it.”
For more information on Frederiksen’s remodels and inspirations, visit Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Kelowna Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.