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Balancing the Trendy with the Timeless When Creating a Perfect Bedroom

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 result in pricey looks and a short 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 passé 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 frequent place 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 maintain a personal style that is current and chic.

But Frederiksen mentions that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and modern, it’s also important to keep parts of the room timeless. By having flexibility in your design selections, and using a good approach, you’ll be less likely to get caught with a style that’s hot today, but cools tomorrow.

That starts with having a realistic approach to which parts of the room are ripe for making big choices.

“If there are styles that are short-term trends you really love, use them sparingly,” she says.

Large-budget commitments such as beds, sofas or flooring are the most likely places where homeowners can get overcommitted to the trendy looks of the moment only to find themselves left behind when trends change. Instead, Frederiksen advises splurging on 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 develop 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. Where pastels and pink colors have been popular 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. Finding a way to incorprorate these fuller colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a space feel like a comfy pair of slippers.

“Dark, rich colors bring 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. Like the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a design that stays current, no matter the décor. Black window frames offer something to all décors, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking sharp lines and a subtle frame for outdoor views. And when it comes to financial 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 chose the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern design 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 adds to the look. “The small 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 fit well with the room.”

Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall style, with numerous pieces of small art on 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 there is too much to look at,” she says. “Larger, singular pieces of art help provide a restful room beautifully.”

Accenting with textures. Another example of committing less, but developing 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 provides a chance for style in a way that is simple to replace when the trends move on,” she says.

One final 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 love 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 work and inspirations, visit Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Terre Haute Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.

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