The November 2009 issue of Elle Decor featured a home in Washington, D.C. owned by designer Darryl Carter, that just took my breath away. I've heard the adage that every room should have a touch of black in it, whether it's an accessory, fabric, or piece of furniture, and this room is living proof. Carter keeps his home neutral, but still interesting with nothing else but beautiful antiques and the color black. Enjoy!
Above: Dramatic black panel shutters flank an antique desk in the library. A cream wingback chair with ebony legs is a modern touch placed with the desk. The mahogany finish on the desk adds color to the room with its deep red hue. In the living room, a large black mantle catches the eye and grounds the formal, antique furniture. The 18th century Regency table and circa-1920 sofa are delicate against the white cement coffee tables.
Above: Black shuttered doors let the sun shine into the bathroom. A cream herringbone tile floor adds texture and pattern while keeping the color palette simple. An 18th century secretary desk provides storage in an unusual and masculine way. The wood adds a warmth among all of the stone and ceramic surfaces. In the breakfast room, a worn farm table takes center place between sleek, white lacquered chairs with black upholstery. Two curios in a black finish are placed side by side and stand out against the white panel wall.
Above: The master bedroom floor is draped with a chocolate brown & white zebra rug, outlined in black. Atop the rug, is a an exquisite kidney shaped desk in a black finish. A black antique convex mirror is placed above the mantle. Antique bordello doors, with a black aged leather and nail heads, create the illusion of a headboard and flaunt the height of the ceiling.
Above: In the dining room, white leather chairs with an ebony frame surround a concrete pedestal table. An arched golden mirror adds a little curve to a room heavy with straight, hard lines. Underneath, a simple sisal rug keeps the decor simple. The same rug is used in numerous rooms throughout the home. In the kitchen, black granite counter tops contrast nicely with the white cabinetry and floors. The glass front cabinets have interiors painted black adding depth and displaying his glassware collection. Stools in a rustic, weathered finish keep the space from feeling too formal.