This is not your grandmother's navy. Get ready to reimagine a classic color in fresh ways.
Living Coral may be Pantone's color pick for 2019, but this year, we're rethinking navy blue. Sure, it will always be a nautical and preppy staple that conjures up summers in New England. But when approached with a fresh eye, this blue hue is chic and modern. At The Inside, we're all about mixing it up in new ways, so for our first annual color selection, we're beginning with a classic reimagined.
Blue and White Refresh
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In the butler's pantry of Atlanta-based designer Danielle Rollins, a classic blue and white combo is given a fresh face. The space features graphic curtains and matching wallcovering by Brunschwig & Fils, high-gloss painted cabinetry, and bold floor tiles. We are especially obsessed with the tiles in the foreground (they're cork!).
Take a cue from Rollins with a bold blue and white wall (perhaps removable wallpaper in navy cabana stripe).
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In a 600 square foot Manhattan studio apartment, designer Todd Romano takes a page out of legendary decorator Billy Baldwin's book and commits to a bold color in a lacquered finish. As Romano puts it, "Good design is about editing. You can live very well in one room." And in this case, living well means living with navy in a thoroughly modern way.
Recreate Romano's luxe look with navy velvet accent pieces.
Black and Navy: BFFs
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Forget what your mother told you about mixing black and navy; some rules are meant to be broken. In the California home of interior designer Orlando Soria, you'll see that black and navy can work: "My advice for people who want to mix navy, black, and white is to make sure the shades of navy and black they choose are distinct from one another...The goal here is to make the color combination look intentional, which means the colors have to be easily distinguishable from each other. If you combine these colors correctly, they make a beautiful pairing."
Hanging a piece of art on the wall is easy. Assembling a collage of seemingly disparate works takes more thoughtful consideration. Read on to learn how to nail the most inspiring gallery wall.
Displaying a collection of artwork with a loose, purposefully imperfect impulse dates back to the 16th century, when collectors would construct "cabinets of curiosities" to display their pieces. Often stretching from floor to ceiling, these epic displays communicated their owners' wealth, knowledge, taste, and power. Looking to display yours? ;) Consider these design tips.
Curate a Collection
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If you're feeling overwhelmed by the thought of an eclectic grouping, consider sticking to one style of artwork. Highlighting a single artist or medium will ensure that your assortment feels cohesive. In the Spades' home, a sharp grouping of Hugo Guinness prints feels balanced and clean, yet the diversity of shapes and icons provides levity.
Go Low, Go High
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We're conditioned to believe that we should should hang art at eye level (generally 57" at the center of the piece). However, some of the most intriguing salon walls begin just above the floor (or even, as pictured above, on the floor!). Don't be shy; your collection can sit just below the crown molding.
Mix and Match
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According to Austin-based interior designer Maureen Stevens, a layered look calls for mixing and matching different materials. "Do not be afraid to mix different wood tones or design styles but...edit, edit, edit. Mix and match 3-5 design styles. How about Victorian Mid-Century Modern? Baroque and ornate frames will be lovely with burl wood frames; Industrial vintage calls for rustic wood frames mixed with black metal. Another tip? Do not just limit your wall to photos or art; hang mementos, objet trouvés from trips, and other amazing finds."
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Consider incorporating some elements that protrude from the wall for a more bohemian, collected look.
Opt for Shelves Instead
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Looking for a less-permanent installation? Miami-based interior designer Malachy Carron recommends shelving: "I use picture shelves and stack the photos and artworks in the same style frame in an array of sizes. In my kids rooms, I use six long picture shelves with a bunch of their framed school art."
Space It Out
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Interior Designer Maureen Stevens also suggests keeping the collection tightly spaced. "Less room between pieces works best! 3-6 inches is the golden rule. A curated wall is all about cohesion and how each piece relate to one another; if they are closer then they communicate with each other more."
Make a Map
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Once you've chosen your look, be sure to map it out. Most design pros will instruct you to lay out your collection on the floor before hammering a single nail. Start by laying out a large roll of paper. Then, arrange, rearrange, and rearrange again. Once you've landed on a collage that you love, trace each piece onto the paper. Transfer the paper map to the wall and start hammering.
See how designer Fawn Galli masters the mix with our Banana Palm.
Banana Palm: the print that recalls tropical paradises and makes you feel instantly happy. The iconic print's history is (no surprise) pretty fabulous, so we asked one of the most fabulous interior designers we know to mix it three ways.
Swatches: Deep Blue Sperduti, Moss Velvet, Blue Color Block Stripe by Peter Som, Banana Palm
For her first story, Galli chose "three very different patterns connected by a palette of navy, green and earth tones." We love how she treats the leafy motif like a postmodern print, pairing it with our terrazzo-inspired Sperduti pattern, an oversized color block stripe by Peter Som, and an injection of moss green. "The power of the clash keeps everything vital and vibrant. A range of visual textures keeps the eye moving and excited," Galli remarks. Overall, this mix feels very cool and unexpected.
Eternal Vacation Vibes
Swatches: Citrine Cabana Stripe, Blush Poppy Corsica by Christene Barberich, Coral Velvet, Banana Palm
As you already know, 2019 is all about coral. Here, Galli selected "tropical corals [to] balance and brighten the Banana Palm." The mix includes coral velvet, Corsica by Christene Barberich, and our classic Cabana Stripe in citrine – another pattern evocative of a seaside escape. "I love to pop a pattern against soft solids and textures," comments the designer.
Swatches: Branches by Peter Som, Mint Check, Ink Ivory Block Stripe by Christene Barberich, Banana Palm
"I love to mix pattern, color, and texture. To ensure that this combination was chic, I mixed bold with calming grey tones." This edited palette enables Banana Palm to really shine. The mint green check plays up the lighter shades of green in the palm print. And while the branches and block stripe make a statement, they take a back seat given their muted color stories.
The space of your dreams begins with a considered color scheme.
Selecting a color palette that feels cohesive, layered, and nuanced is overwhelming to most. Yes, it's important to consider your space and the furnishings that you have, but you should also have fun with the process. We've gathered some interior design tips that will allow you to commit with confidence.
Starting from Scratch
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If you're lucky enough to work with a blank slate, select a color that you absolutely love and run with it. Beginning with your favorites will lead you to a palette that you love. Often, we're drawn to tonal or complimentary colors, so chances are, things will work together. That said, you don't want your home to feel like a clown house, so you must learn the art of editing.
Begin with the wall color (this should be your favorite color). Then, move to the main piece of furniture in the space (like the sofa) and select either a tonal shade or a complimentary color for the piece. For example, if you select a deep, lush green for the walls, consider a lighter shade of green for the sofa or a complimentary color like coral. Layer in other desired shades through patterned accent pieces and accessories in the room, and voilà , you will have the beginnings of a developed and considered palette.
Embracing What You Already Have
Photo: Manolo Yllera, Courtesy of Architectural Digest
If you already have a few key pieces of furniture and are looking to develop a color palette that pulls them together, here's my advice: survey all of the pieces together and determine whether or not they actually work. If you're unsure, solicit an outsider's eye. Ask the friend who is your go-to for decorating advice. If there is any hesitation, it may be time to let go of the pieces that you can live without and replace them with something more intentional. If the answer is yes, there's likely a dominant color that you can pull to serve as a unifying wall color. If the pieces are different colors but compliment one other, consider a white backdrop that allows the varying accent colors to pop.
Capturing Your Essence
Artist and style icon Beatrix Ost
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This tip may sound a bit hocus pocus-y to you, but give it a chance. Each of us has an essence that is outwardly communicated to the world with the colors we choose to wear and surround ourselves with. LA-based color expert Jennifer Butler has spent her career reading clients' colors, and ultimately, transforming their lives. You can take a free quiz on her website to understand your own color essence. Once you have a better understanding of what your true colors are, think about incorporating them into your home to bring the space to life.
Whether functioning as a room divider or adding a pop of pattern, a screen will be your new best friend.
For decades, folding screens have been a go-to among decorators. They illustrate depth and add visual interest in a room. They can hide unsightly clutter or divide a room in half. They can also serve as a patterned backdrop in place of costly wallpaper. Read on to find out why these experts say you need a screen in your life.
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Perhaps the most obvious use for a screen is hiding clutter. In his NYC bedroom, fashion designer (and collaborator) Peter Som uses the Scalloped Screen to hide things like boxes. The bonus: it's "a decorative moment for a dead corner that helps with the illusion of height."
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David Ries, a Senior Designer at Thad Hayes, remarks, "I like to use screens as an architectural element in a space. A way to create or define spaces with a decorative element."
Rethink the Headboard
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San Francisco-based interior designer Margaret Ash uses upholstered screens as an alternative to traditional headboards. "Using a folding screen as a headboard is a wonderful way to bring visual interest and pattern to a bed. It is an added bonus that the folding screen has dual functions and can be moved around the house and used as decoration or a room divider if you want to create a different look down the road."
Bring in Pattern
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"I love the chic insouciance of a patterned screen in a space," says The Inside's Creative Director Danielle Walish. She's currently loving our Scalloped Screen in Sand Melio and Modern Screen in Acid Floral. Both offer the perfect pop of pattern.
Mix Old and New
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This embossed 19th century screen, when paired with a light fixture by Le Corbusier, illustrates the impact of showcasing an antique screen as art. As New York-based designer Ali Reeve puts it, "Screens are an incredibly versatile way to add interest, pattern or texture into a room without committing to something more permanent. They can easily be moved and used in a variety of spaces. I love the idea of using a screen as a headboard, a space divider or displaying it as art. They can also be used to incorporate a new texture or add verticality into a space."
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This 1960s folding screen by Rohé Noordwolde makes use of unexpected material. Vanessa Alexander of Alexander Designs notes the importance of texture when considering a screen. "Room screens are a great way to add unexpected texture to a room. They offer a way to fill space, create visual interest in a room or add a sense of intimacy. Sometimes a large space like a loft needs a way to create more functional work and living space and adding a screen can delineate separate areas for hanging out or entertaining."