Living room by Kevin Mcnamara, sometime in the mid-1980s.
I heard yesterday at the House and Garden Color Institute that there is a trend in interiors to dark and if it is true I hope dark can be used with the same panache as in this living room. Dark, glossy walls are a signature of 1980s traditional decorating and have never been bettered. The pendulum swings and again, 20 years later, that which was loved by Mark Hampton, Kevin Mcnamara, Mario Buatta et al, is back.
Black was mentioned yesterday as being used by the most fearless of younger decorators and for a very early use of black see photo below: Edwin Lutyen's Folly Farm interior.