Dorothy Draper is an iconic interior designer. One of her strengths was understanding the power of using black in her designs.
Black is strong, powerful and can be over whelming. Balance is the key.
The black background of the wall hangings is a wonderful contrast to the rose colored walls. Using dark grey on the sofa instead of black maintains the balance of dark and color.
Black can be a beautiful addition to a room. It adds depth and elegance when used with the correct balance.
photos from Dorothy Draper and Homes & Gardens