This Former Bank Is Inspiration Gold for Fall Color Combos

Hotel Kinsley reinvents classic mountain style.

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Photography by Nicole Franzen

Every year when Labor Day rolls around, Manhattanites begin to swap their beach weekends to instead desert the city in search of the elusive magic of fall foliage. Their destination: upstate New York. The region has become synonymous with woodsy cabin charm, and the many hotels and bed-and-breakfasts in the area never fail to remind us of that fact—antlers line every wall; seats are upholstered in bright red plaid; dining tables are reclaimed wood. But not at Hotel Kinsley.

Designed by Robert McKinley, this year’s most anticipated opening in Kingston, New York, is anything but predictable. In the town’s old bank building, blush paint and banana leaf plants give the hotel’s restaurant an all-season feel. At the bar, oak paneling and indigo floral stools are welcome riffs on typical cottage vibes. 

It’s not a cozy cabin,” says McKinley, who took inspiration from the Hudson River School, the movement of American landscape painters, for the palette, but added some vibrancy (and a whole lot of vintage finds). “We wanted people to feel like the lines were blurred as to what era everything was from and to have a little bit of that whistle call.” At Hotel Kinsley, each guest room has its own unexpected color scheme. We took a peek inside a few of them:

Baby Blue + Burgundy

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In this space, a navy Morrocan silk rug and army green linen quilt from Hawkins New York ground the more whimsical details, like soft blue walls and a headboard painted in Farrow & Ball’s Eating Room Red. In lieu of a typical headboards, McKinley had mid-century room dividers painted and upholstered in different hues, each one more surprising than the next.

Marigold + Ballet Slipper

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Another room features woodwork in an off-white hue that borders on peachy, partnered with a cobalt rug and a vibrant marigold headboard with a terracotta stripe. The result is a space that feels soothing and energizing all at once.

Moss + Indigo

In what is perhaps the most traditional room of the bunch, the intricate millwork is coated in Farrow & Ball’s Card Room Green, while the headboard is covered in a midnight blue foliage print from Milanese fabric house Dedar. A dusty red Turkish rug anchors the space (as if it weren’t stately enough already).

Plum + Fire-Truck Red

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The paneled hallways boast a rich boysenberry hue, while the floors are lined with a fun checkered red-and-white carpet, a combo that’s unpredictable but pairs particularly well with the warm woods of the mid-century furniture. We know where we’re heading for our next getaway.

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Gabrielle Savoie


Gabrielle is most often found digging through 1stdibs in search of Tobia Scarpa sofas, hunting down the newest cool hotels, or singing the praises of Art Nouveau. She spends an inordinate amount of time looking at real estate floor plans and listening to podcasts. In her free time, you’ll likely find her bouncing on a trampoline at Fithouse, snacking on a crudo at the latest cocktail bar, antiquing for French silverware, or dogsitting for anyone who will ask—yes, even you.