In the previous post we had a tour of the celebrity home of Jennifer Lawrence which began inside the grand foyer which was decorated in a classic black and white color scheme that was a defining design aesthetic of America’s first interior design professional Dorothy Draper. As an avid reader I recently stumbled upon a book of interest to me written by local Chevy Chase based author David Sherer entitled The House of Black and White. The book is his personal memoir about his life growing up in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase area from the 60’s and spans to events occurring through 2012. As I learned more about the book I discovered at least two things I had in common with the author having grown up in one of the same communities and belonging to the same private swim and tennis club. This will definitely be a book to top my must read list, as soon as time allows, as I tend to enjoy nonfiction books that allow me to explore the perspectives of an author and especially in this case when the subject area or location is one that I’m very familiar with.
So what does this book have to do with design? Possibly nothing but I liked the title and it inspired me to take a look at homes designed in a black and white color scheme. You just never know when or where inspiration will sneak up on you. So thanks to David Sherer I have found some very beautifully designed homes decorated in black and white.
The black welting on this sofa gives it a tuxedo effect that totally elevates this room.
The shades of gray used in this bedroom softens the contrast of the black and white wallpaper.
Who knew an outdoor room could be so over the top glamorous?
The use of black paint for the trim in both of these rooms is an unexpected and unique departure from Decorator’s White painted trim.
So there you have it. I hope you agree that a high contrast color scheme can be both bold and beautiful and in the case of black and white a classic and timeless combination.