Design Insight

Energizing and Relaxing: Pantone’s Color of the Year is a Juxtaposition of Emotions

How coral snagged the #1 spot as Pantone’s “2019 Color of the Year” is no mystery. There’s just something special about it. “Just as coral reefs are a source of sustenance and shelter, we see this color giving us assurance and buoyancy in an environment that’s been continuously shifting for 10 years,” says the vice president of the Pantone Color Institute, Laurie Pressman.

Double Duty

Coral is a testament to how color enhances the way we experience life, playing a dual role of energizing and nourishing. Evoking imagery of bustling ocean life and brilliant sunsets, it’s easy to gather why coral is pleasing to the eye. Perhaps it’s the unique way it hovers energetically between red and orange without choosing a side. Its striking appearance draws the eye with a revitalizing pop of color that makes every room look brighter.


The Perfect Wingman

Coral’s versatility as both a standalone and partner shade deserves twice the applause. For a calm or beachy vibe that doesn’t overwhelm, beige tones make a perfect pair. To ramp up the energy, look no further than coral’s two complementary colors – green and blue. Whether it’s lime, turquoise, teal, royal blue, or navy, they all play nice with coral, and serve to illuminate its ability to open the eyes and the heart to any space.

Teeny, Tiny & Trendy

Teeny, Tiny, & Trendy

Baby-fresh fashion has taken over infant’s rooms everywhere. It all started with endlessly stylish Instagram mamas who began designing kid’s rooms that have inspired grown-up envy across the nation. Now, rugrat refinement is having a moment. Here are some of the styles to watch:


Color Wheel

Venturing all around the color wheel is 2018’s new nursery trend. As more and more parents-to-be forego the traditional blue-for-boys and pink-for-girls color schemes, they’re enjoying the newfound freedom of choice when it comes to the nursery. Keeping the palette to a central color theme ties the room together in a thoughtful way without losing this new-found creative freedom. After all, a nursery should flow with the rest of your décor, not disrupt it. Being creative with colors, allows parents to welcome their babies with personality, and give them a taste for how exciting the world can be. Try coupling gray tones with playful pastels, adding bright pops of color or going bold with a blacked-out accent wall.


Bold Contrast

For our nation’s tykes, layered is the new look. Kid’s rooms are making simple, yet exciting statements with fun, contrasting patterns that are sure to make any baby’s eyes light up. This trend comes in many flavors, whether it’s pairing buffalo check with hand-painted polka dots or pin stripes with chevron. The secret ingredient to mastering this perfect blend is found in the mixing of furnishing finishes. Make it chic by adding modern furnishings then take a walk on the wild side by adding an element of rustic flare. Mix and match to add a splash of fun.


Tailored for Two

Given that parents often frequent the nursery nearly as often as their newborns, nurseries are growing smarter. While yesterday’s nurseries were solely designed for the baby, today’s spaces are more functional, prioritizing mom’s needs too. The nursery should be a haven for parent and child to bond together, thus including comfortable seating is a must—update the classic rocker to one that is plush. Be spatially-savvy by adding wall-mounted storage to accommodate baby’s necessities. And if that little one still feels too far away, try adding a stylish bassinet to the master.

Three Retro Trends We Hope Never Come Back

We’re all about walking on the cutting edge when it comes to design. But every now and then, it’s even more fun to take a jog down memory lane. Grab your boomboxes and hold onto your turtlenecks – we’re going to unpack some of the most cringeworthy style trends of the last three decades.

1970s: Soaked in your Sleep

Something just wet the bed—it was your mattress. These vinyl water sacks were all the rage, making waves in the 70s until folks finally got seasick by the 80s. If you didn’t have a waterbed, did you even have a bed? Everyone who was anyone was on board, from plain Jane nextdoor to Hugh Hef, who reportedly had a huge waterbed covered in Tasmanian possum hair. These buoyant mattresses were fantastic—as long as Fluffy the cat kept his paws off! We’re so glad the popularity of this trend dried up so we could finally put the waterbed to rest.

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1980s: The Monster Beneath Your Feet

Not surprisingly, thinking back to the wall-to-wall carpets that swept the market in the 80s does not give us the warm fuzzies! While we’d rather sweep this one under the rug, shag carpets were a wildly popular trend, covering up gorgeous hardwoods from the front door to the (gasp) bathroom floor. Between the flourishing bacteria and hard-to-clean dirt, there was nothing magic about these carpets, which unrolled in popular shades like hunter green, burgundy and jaundice yellow.

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1990s: Wild Walls

Perhaps something about the impending millenium made us want to box ourselves into the decade—a feeling which we accomplished with floor-to ceiling wallpaper in every room! Seashell patterns? You bet. Infinite florals? Yes please! This dated fashion trend swallowed even the most expansive spaces, assaulting the eye with colors and shapes galore! On the off-chance we wanted to let walls breathe, there was sponge paint, creating a clashing multi-neon colored collage of chaos.

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Elegant Embellishment

Don’t leave the saying “less is more” at the door. Inside the world of decor, you can have both by layering a simple aesthetic with rich embellishments. This year, it’s all about amplifying texture with touches like macrame, fringing, tufting, tassels and feathers. When tactfully executed, this style blends creativity and refinement to lend sophistication to any space.

A Handmade Touch

Textured details amplify any interior with personality and intrigue that forge an emotional connection. They contribute a handcrafted aesthetic that instantly invites warmth into a space. Whether a hand-woven tapestry or an intricate quilt, each crafted touch contributes a distinct sense of comfort. Such details give a space heart — its own distinctive recipe of wonder and excitement.

Custom Character

Textured details distinguish a room by making simple pieces feel custom-made. Layering materials and embellishments can help tie a look together with rustic wood elements, wall hangings, throws and rugs. Attention to detail is key in achieving a curated style that is elevated and harmonic. A collection of textures can be tailored to curate a sophisticated ambiance with its own special energy.

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Elegance is Evergreen

It’s human nature. We’re inherently captivated by the breathtaking wonder of the wild. From its succulent tones to its raw, invigorating textures, it’s no wonder this season seeks to breathe life into everyday spaces by harnessing natural beauty indoors.

Go Greener

Need a refresh? Try a lively pop of emerald or the elegance of sage to awaken the surrounding palate. It’s time to embrace the urge to go green, with sage as the new neutral, and emerald as its crisp, new accent.

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A Fresher Feel

When paired with nature’s harmonious hues, earthy, organic textures creating a captivating centerpiece, exuding natural charm and timeless sophistication. Bright botanicals? Yes, please. Bold statement fabrics? Even better. The rich textures of the season satiate our innate desire to coexist with nature, adding a powerful organic element to decor.

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Living Accents

The revitalizing touch of live greenery is springing up in luxury spaces everywhere, and the variety from which to choose from is in full bloom. From romantic florals to playful fiddle leaf figs, there is a unique foliage theme to enliven every design aesthetic. Add a living accent (or centerpiece) and it is an invitation to step inside for a breath of fresh air.


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Living the Van Life

You won’t find Shaggy or Scooby Doo in one of these rides, but those-in-the-know are converting vans into epic transports for road tripping or even — gasp! — tiny homes. And why not? You get to define life on your own terms and experience the freedom of the open road — all in approximately 50 efficient square feet. We had the opportunity to recraft an airstream for Great Parks Neighborhood and now we’re obsessed! (Can you say, “Yes, we van!”) Although van life is small in size, it’s big in design potential. From retrofitting a van with porthole windows to give it a nautical feel, to installing a rooftop solar system that gives them endless energy options, to planning a well-designed kitchen and bed, vanlifers are finding that they don’t have to compromise style to gain a home sweet (traveling) home.

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Color Me Bold

Whether you like it spicy hot or black tie, you’re in luck because bold colors are back. Marking a distinctive departure from all things millennial pink and frothy, interior designs are awash with bold color this spring. Feeling saucy? How about painting a wall with a rich bold red like Caliente from Benjamin Moore that thrusts all hues of red and orange into the spotlight this season. Equally intense is a timeless slate of ebony-hued finishes – from lighting to doors to furniture – that lend elegance to any décor. Kitchens also get the royal treatment with expanses of moody blues, petrol greens and charcoals – creating a sophisticated backdrop for family gatherings and impromptu entertaining.

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You can say many things about Pantone’s choice for Color of the Year, but one thing is for sure: Ultra Violet is a bold statement. When rolling out its annual prognostication, the Pantone Color Institute heralded Ultra Violet for its creative inspiration – and for a good reason. Artists David Bowie, Prince and Jimi Hendrix counted on shades of the bold color to express their individuality. This hypnotic hue invites you to visualize your unique mark in the world – or at least your corner of it – and hurdle limitations holding you back.



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Ceiling Is Believing

Just as ancient navigators gazed upward to find meaning, counting on the stars to guide them, modern homeowners can look up to find inspiration, allowing ceilings to serve as focal points of rooms. Consider ceilings as blank canvas, ready for personalization and transformation through the creative application of paint, architectural elements, wallpaper and or decorative lighting.

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Paint Misbehavin’

Perhaps the simplest way to transform a room is to wash ceilings in color, a technique that will seem to enlarge a space. Add a simple or ornate crown molding to really enhance it. Think of ceilings as a fifth wall and allow the color palette below to influence choices above. Apply decorative moldings, beams or paint bold geometric patterns to interject energy, select a single color to impart balance, or convey personal interests with painted murals of maps to dream of world travel or ethereal skies. A cool wallpaper is another option to  draw the eye upward — an especially cozy choice for bedrooms, reading nooks or conversation areas.

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Architectural Twists

Look up toward luxury with architecturally inspired elements that can transform ho-hum ceilings into high design. When applied to ceilings, luminous tile can be glamourous. Or perhaps you’re feeling nostalgic? Answer the call with ornamental ceiling medallions, metallic ceiling tiles or curvy molding that blend vintage with modern effortlessly. WE LOVE adding organic elements, such as wood beams and/or tongue & grove paneling on ceilings.

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A Homeowner’s Suite Reward

Commanding the grandeur of royal retreats, owner suites provide everyday kings and queens with their own inner sanctuaries among even the most urban dwellings.  A daily retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern life awaits atop lush couches adorned with imperial throws — even the act of dressing becomes an art when enveloped in ornate walk-in closets.

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Regal Water Closets

Oversized owner suite bathrooms command more than space; these otherwise ordinary installments transform into sanctuaries when designed with rich textures and exquisite lighting. Behemoth marble tubs join throne-like vanities, especially when wrapped in chic materials — consider white Thassos, polished carrara or Artemis tiles — to elevate bathing into a ritual. Create a statement wall of passage porcelain or mix media with armour textures and stone accents. Spare no details when it comes to dual shower heads and sophisticated hardware for spa-like features at home.

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