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 quick shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t withstand the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “Families don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look outdated if it’s oversaturated with trendy looks.”
Through a career of remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a common area where people are more likely to be pulled to trends. It would make sense that since you spend so much time there, your bedroom should reflect a personal style that is current and chic.
But Frederiksen says that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and up-to-date, it’s also important to keep things timeless. By keeping flexibility in your design selections, and using a good plan, 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 parts of the space are right for making bold choices.
“If there are designs that are short-term trends you really like, use them sparingly,” she says.
Larger-budget commitments like beds, sofas or flooring are the most frequent elements where homeowners can get caught up in the trendy looks of the moment only to find themselves left behind when trends change. Instead, Frederiksen recommends indulging in 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 capture today’s trends while standing the test of time.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. Where pastels and pink colors have been trendy over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she anticipates a return to more vibrant colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Creating a way to include these fuller colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a room 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 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 look 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 sleek lines and a subtle frame for outdoor views. And when it comes to budget investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless style of black window frames, when included as part of a quality product, can make bedroom windows a standout of any design for years to come.
“I recently used 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 influences 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 integrated 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 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 walls include 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 living space design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are featuring textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room instead of a solid color.
“It provides a chance for style in a way that is convenient 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 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 getting in bed. Your body will thank you for it.”
For more information on Frederiksen’s designs and inspirations, visit Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Calgary Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.