Black walls have been a design trend for a while now. Every time I see a room with black walls, I seem to ask myself these questions:
-Is it a look I could live with?
-What did the designer do or would I do to bring it to life?
-Would it work with Chinoiserie?
This wonderful bedroom by D.C. interior designer Kelley Proxmire is probably the finest example of a room with black walls for my taste. First, the room has lots of white including the curtains, bed linens, upholstery, carpet, ceiling, trim, lampshades, picture mats, seashells, and fireplace. I love the punches of orange. The Chinoiserie pieces including the Chinese Chippendale mirror by Baker, Knapp, and Tubbs and the bamboo stool by Hickory Chair are stunning. I would have to find a place for the three Chinoiserie giclees below by my favorite artist Harrison Howard. I would also love to incorporate a fine piece or two of Blanc de Chine on white brackets on the walls that would really pop against the black. Notice the flat screen television hidden in the bed-brilliant! This room was from the Spring 2007 Design House in D.C.