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Our Unexpected Color Pick for 2019

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

Photo: Melanie Acevedo, Courtesy of Veranda

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).

Modern Navy

Photo: Thomas Loof, Courtesy of Architectural Digest

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

Photo: Zeke Ruelas, Courtesy of Homepolish

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."

Try this terrazzo-inspired print that marries black and navy in a fresh and unexpected way, or personalize your own navy piece here. Happy mixing!

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10 Hotels That Are Full of Design Surprises

Need a colorful getaway? This collection of stylish hotels will leave you editing your bucket list for 2019.

At The Inside, we're obsessed with good decorating and bold risk-taking. Often drawing inspiration from our travels, we love nothing more than a hotel that's full of stylish surprises. Design-savvy vacationers often cite their destination as a source of inspiration, but what about their place of rest? Sure, the best hotels remind us why good linens and a sleek bathroom matter, but the list below celebrates more than that. Read on to discover the places that best represent living life #beyondthebeige.

The Ned, London 

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Classic elegance reigns supreme at The Ned — a London hotel housed in a former bank. The building, designed in 1924 by British architect Edwin Lutyens and completed in 1939, sets the tone for a space that transports guests to the days of its genesis. Our favorite features? The sumptuous marble, bold velvets, walnut panelling, checkerboard flooring, and rich tapestries.

Hotel Peter and Paul, New Orleans 

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Checks, please! The recently restored Hotel Peter and Paul is the hotel of the moment among design aficionados. And we understand why. Situated in a New Orleans landmark that was once a church and school, the rooms boast canopy beds, claw-foot tubs, bold checks, and trompe l'oeil wardrobes. The design team at ASH NYC absolutely nailed it when bringing this Southern gem to life.

L’Arlatan, Arles 

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The arty eclecticism of L'Arlatan Hotel has us longing for a trip to Provence. The town of Arles, which greatly influenced artist Vincent van Gogh, serves as the perfect backdrop for Jorge Pardo's design genius. His happy spot is characterized by its light, colorful tiles, and murals.

Belmond La Residencia, Mallorca 

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When we first discovered British fashion designer Matthew Williamson's work for Belmond La Residencia in Mallorca, we could not look away. In the suite pictured, traditional botanical prints and animal-inspired textiles playfully converse with a block-printed lampshade and bright pink walls. The result? A chic and cheery space that embodies the creativity of the island's guests.

The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills 

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With its pink facade and iconic "Martinique" wallpaper, The Beverly Hills Hotel epitomizes Hollywood glamour. When styling our own banana palm, we often look to this fabulous hideaway for design cues. The use of green and white cabana stripes, along with dusty pinks, wicker furniture, and tropical flora, feels timeless.

El Cosmico, Marfa 

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Liz Lambert's portfolio of hip and quirky Texas hotels has always inspired us. El Cosmico, an assortment of vintage trailers and yurts in Marfa, is our favorite. Just down the road from Donald Judd's Chinati Foundation, this desert hideaway is punctuated by colorful touches — from the candy-colored trailers to the striped blankets and robes within them.

Halcyon House, Cabarita Beach 

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It's all about pattern play at Australia's Halcyon House. What was once a coastal motel has become a five-star patchwork of bohemian blues and beachy stripes. The place feels like a beach cottage that belongs to your cool aunt. We love the way in which fellow New Yorkers like Wayne Pate and Madeline Weinrib are speckled throughout.

L’Hôtel Marrakech, Marrakech 

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Designed by Jasper Conran, L'Hotel Marrakech draws on the 1930s for inspiration. With a mix of antiques, rich red stripes, and Moroccan rugs, the hotel's spaces showcase locally-sourced items while maintaining a look that's edited and sharp.

The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs 

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Twenty-six US presidents have paid a visit to The Greenbrier — a classic American resort. Designed by Carleton Varney with a great deal of inspiration from pioneer Dorothy Draper, The Greenbrier makes use of bold colors and striking contrast. Palm leaves make an appearance here too ;)

Parker Palm Springs

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When thinking about our collection of #beyondthebeige hotels, Jonathan Adler's groovy rehab of the Parker Palm Springs caught our eye. We especially love the use of citrus cabana stripes — one of many punchy accents that pays homage to the retro locale.

How to Use Pantone's Color of the Year at Home

These interiors will leave you dreaming of all things coral.

It's official: Pantone has named Living Coral the color of 2019. According to Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone's color institute executive, "It expresses warmth, that kind of harmony, human interaction and social connection that we're looking for. I think that's something so inherent in the human mind. It pulls you in, gathers you in, in such a warm and inviting way that it opens up an avenue to positive thoughts, not negative. That, we felt, was a really vital part of expressing the color of the year with living coral." Keep your eyes peeled for this cheerful shade of orangey-pink because you're going to start seeing it everywhere.

Read on for our favorite ways to use coral at home in 2019.

Coral Washed Walls

Photo: James McDonald, Courtesy of 1stdibs

Coral is one of those colors that looks absolutely gorgeous when used as an ultra high-gloss wall finish. The aptly-named Coral Room at The Bloomsbury Hotel in London, designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, features beautiful coral walls paired with ocean-colored velvet, one of our favorite combinations.

Coral Entry Doors

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Loving coral? Why not make a statement by painting your front doors? It will set an inviting and vibrant tone for your guests.

Coral Bath Tiles 

Photo: Jason Frank Rothenberg, Courtesy of Domino

It's a common misconception that a soothing space should be devoid of color. You can create a peaceful bathroom with a monochromatic color story like this one. The coral-colored hexagonal tiles and matching paint color work together to create a calm and clean effect.

Coral Collection

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Since the 16th century, collectors have been showcasing corals as objets d'art. Incorporate a coral collection on top of a console or behind glass cabinet doors for a marvelous collected look.

Coral Punctuation 

Use coral to add a pop of color to any space! Whether you choose to make a statement with upholstered furniture or accent accessories, a surprise hit of this color will be most impactful if it's dotted throughout the room. A throw pillow is always a great place to start.

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6 Delightful Last-Minute Gifts (No Shipping Necessary)

Procrastinators, read on. The entire list can be purchased from your iPhone with ease.

For the Food and Wine Guru

Photo: Vinebox

Tired of gifting a favorite bottle of wine? Unsure about your Secret Santa's preferences? Vinebox offers a creative alternative, sending quarterly wine flights that are tailored to one's taste. This year, we're sending a subscription to the food and wine gurus at our table. The best part? All gifts are sent via e-mail. Perfect for procrastinators in a pinch.

For the Art Historian 

Photo: Scott Lynch, Courtesy of Gothamist

At The Inside, we're always looking for visual inspiration. And nothing beats browsing a collection IRL. To many of our friends in New York, we're gifting a membership to The Whitney (and hoping they invite us to see Warhol before March 31). Giving a museum membership is easy and thoughtful, and it doesn't matter where the lucky recipient lives. From the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia to the Hammer Museum in LA, there are amazing options across the country.

For the Know-It-All  

Gone are the days of hardbacks collecting dust in the corner. A subscription to Audible is the way to go. The recipient is probably getting AirPods from somebody else, so this audiobook library is the perfect complement.

For the Design Enthusiast  

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For loved ones who are always decorating, keep it simple with a Digital Gift Card to the internet's newest design destination, The Inside. No need for mind-boggling guesswork; let your favorite aesthete personalize a patterned piece. Order from your iPad while you sit by the fire.

For the Globetrotter 

Photo: Dean Owen, Courtesy of the Los Angeles Times

Always on the move, the world traveler doesn't want or need more "stuff". We suggest transferring airline points to their account. Seamless, digital, and unconventional.

For the Altruist  

Though often overlooked, making a donation to a charity is the perfect last-minute gift. We could make suggestions, but here's our best advice: choose a cause that feels especially meaningful to the receiver.

Time's almost up! Happy Shopping :)

Photo: Virginia Macdonald, Courtesy of Anne Hepfer

2019 Home Decor Trends, According to the Pros

We asked some of our favorite design pros for their tips on how to freshen up in 2019.

I absolutely love the shifting energy a new year brings. Whether it offers a fresh start or the opportunity to embrace change, a new year invites us to celebrate a new version of ourselves. Oftentimes, this change begins with a refresh of the space in which we live. Read on to find out how some of our favorite design pros are reimagining home in 2019 – from embracing maximalism to reviving the 1970s (one of my favorite decades ;)).

Add Some Punch

Photo: Brittany Ambridge

After several seasons of white and beige interiors, Caroline Grant and Dolores Suarez of Dekar Design are ready for some color. "We love a punchy orange. It feels refreshing and really energizing and can still be paired with lovely neutrals."

Adopt  the "More is More" Mantra

Photo: Virginia Macdonald

According to interior designer Anne Hepfer, 2019 will be the year to embrace maximalism: "Leave behind minimalism and instead pay homage to the more is more maximalism movement." Hepfer believes that those who take risks and trust the creative path will end up with spaces that are more unique, fabulous, timeless, and personal.

Set the Tone

Photo: Anna Routh

Nashville-based interior designer Jessica Stambaugh recommends picking a color and sticking with it: "Rather than a neutral wall, pick a color and commit to it for walls, trim, and a tint for the ceiling. Even if it's fairly toned down, like this muted green living room, it instantly creates a soulful space, and allows for an entirely new context with existing furniture pieces."

Fall in Love with Chocolate

Photo: Jenn Crawley

For the Los Angeles-based interior designer Vanessa Alexander, "brown is the new black." Alexander loves using all shades of brown from espresso to caramel to create deep, rich, and chic interiors. that feel layered and dramatic.

Try an Unexpected Pairing

Courtesy of: Urban Electric Co

If you're anything like Michael Amato, Creative Director of The Urban Electric Co., you usually "steer clear of hot, saturated colors in favor of a cooler palettes." But according to Amato, 2019 will be the year for "bolder colors and surprising pairings" like the blue and red in the photo above.

Embrace Color

​Courtesy of Artistic Tile

"Color, color, color! You're going to see color coming into cabinetry, details, and definitely into backsplashes. People are tired of only white and grey! The emergence of color is impossible to miss – Europe is embracing it, and it's landed in the US as well," says Nancy Epstein, Founder and Creative Director of Artistic Tile.

Opt for Pop 

Courtesy of SONDER Living

According to Martin Waller of Andrew Martin for SONDER Living, "Pop art is everywhere, and Warhol is being touted as the most influential artist of the 20th Century ahead of Picasso, Rothko and Matisse." is a great resource for finding your own Pop Art prints at a real-world price.

Decorate with Decals

Courtesy of Deborah Fribourg

DMF Interiors founder Deborah Fribourg recommends using wall decals as "an easy way to add a funk factor to any plain wall. Plus, they're super easy to apply! (and to remove!)." You can also try removable wallpaper if you are feeling adventurous!

And Again...Embrace Color! 

​Courtesy of Kate Hayes Design

Atlanta-based interior designer Kate Hayes says 2019 is the year to "Get weird, and don't shy away from color. Life is too short, have some fun and enjoy your space!"