Black walls with paprika window treatments may not sound Derby- or spring-like, but we think you’ll agree when you see this newly redecorated dining room, done by Carriage House Interiors, that it’s a spectacular combination. It makes the perfect backdrop for a beautiful Derby gathering!
Step 1: The Renovation
This dining room originally had striped walls painted in sage green, and it needed updating to showcase the homeowner’s beautiful furniture and silver collection, which she uses every day, including her silverware.
Leslie Newton Thompson and Juliannah Colson from Carriage House Interiors set out to maintain the traditional feel of this room but make it “rich” and “yummy,” as well. They had decorated the rest of the house in darker pigments, colors that were classic, but saturated and vibrant, with deep-hued fabrics, paint and textures.
They covered the dining room walls in black sea grass wallpaper on the upper half and white wainscoting on the lower half. The paprika window treatments complement the walls and oriental rug. They also coordinate with the warm wood dining room table, chairs and sideboard.
The key to this space is that even though it is black, it is by no means dark. In fact, the black becomes neutral. The space is beautifully — and naturally — lit by the morning light, and the white provides a clean contrast to the black walls. The addition of very traditional furniture and beautiful heirloom silver throughout makes it a classic design.
The end result is a room now clean and crisp, providing a perfect backdrop to the owner’s equine art, which serves as the focal point upon entry.
Everyone has a little black dress, and it acts as a classic piece in your wardrobe. Think of that when you consider using black in your decor, says Leslie. Instead of being dark and cavernous, the room becomes a neutral, fresh backdrop for all of your furnishings.
Step 2: Derby Day Brunch
This room is perfect for a Derby day brunch. We had Dolfinger’s come set the mood, with the perfect Derby place settings, to show off these great updates. We changed out the centerpiece from hydrangeas to roses and greenery specifically for our Run for the Roses theme. The dishes are basic white and robin’s-egg blue-glazed, with special horse plates on top. Glassware included iced beverage glasses with fleur de lis on them. And, of course, there’s a julep cup at every place setting. Special additions, such as the riding boot salt and pepper shakers and coasters, are from Louisville Stoneware. All we need now is the great brunch casserole and mint julep to complete our look!
Happy Derby brunching to all!