Darryl Carter's Serene Kalorama Townhouse

Elle Decor

Any project of DC's hometown design hero, Darryl Carter, is a delight to the senses, but his private residences are a special treat, especially for those craving a bit of calm during our vibrant fall color contest. Last year we peeked into his Virgina farmhouse, and now, thanks once again to Elle Decor, it's time to get a glimpse of his primary home in DC's glamorous Embassy Row...

A home full of neutrals doesn't always go over well with this crowd, but we hope that you will appreciate Mr. Carter's particular mastery of the calm yet grounded palette. As in his Virginia weekend home, Mr. Carter's city dwelling boasts a sophisticated tension between restraint and high style, rustic simplicity and refined luxury. The interior is swathed in his trademark neutrals with the occasional bold dark masculine pieces, like the antique bordello doors used in lieu of a traditional headboard in the master bedroom, that anchor the rooms.

I've always admired Mr. Carter's deft mixing of wood tones, but in this home his wood sense seems especially apparent. He uses natural patinas and grain patterns in the same way that most designers rely on punchy colors and show-stopping prints. His extensive use of black and white throughout his home allows the grains and finishes on his wooden furniture to take center stage rather than simply being a backdrop for bolder color. The result is a pure and soothing, understated glamor.

Check out Elle Decor's full article here.

(Images: Simon Upton for Elle Decor)