The Washington D.C. interior designer Darryl Carter has pioneered a new American aesthetic that seamlessly mixes modern elements with traditional design. Carter's decor is defined by restrained, edited choices, with an emphasis on subtle upholstery and elegant antiques. The result: spaces that are simultaneously stylish and livable, all of which have a quality that is sure to stand the test of time.
In terms of color, Carter sticks to a mostly monochromatic palette that allows the antiques and unique objects he finds to take center stage. Upholstery is mostly washed linens and is casually comfortable. Pops of black accents are also one of Carter's trademarks.
As Carter said in his book, The New Traditional: "Design with bold strokes using a few well-chosen pieces of furniture and art. If every inch of a room is covered with wallpaper, draperies, tassels, and other furnishings, single objects lose their interest and importance. Spare environments are challenging as they are less visually forgiving and lack superfluous distractions. You must be particular and confident in your choices."
To hear more of his design convictions, visit his website. And be sure to check out his new book, The Collected Home, a combination of inspiring photography and practical advice.
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MORE DARRYL CARTER ON APARTMENT THERAPY:
• Darryl Carter's Virginia Home
• Beige, Black & White Done Right by Darryl Carter
• Darryl Carter's Serene Kalorama Townhouse
(Images: as linked above)