If you have a space in your house that feels a little unfinished, or that could use just a little more edge, consider adding an element that's been proven, again and again, to add just the right amount of verve to any room...
A little bit of black.
The color black has long been associated with sophistication — think the little black dress — and in addition to that, it's a wonderful way to add a bit of contrast to a mostly white room. This adds depth and keeps the eye engaged, resulting in a much more interesting space. Check out these example.
Above: The palette for this Dutch home from Design Sponge is mostly white, but it uses black accents to great effect.
The black elements in this room form Black Lacquer Design — the frame of the mirror, the lamp, and the rug — help to add excitement and depth to the space.
Black and pastels are a perpetually winning combination, as seen on Nordic Design.
Black accents add a touch of style to a bedroom spotted on Nordic Design.
The black chairs in this living room from My Domaine add a delicious bit of contrast.
Even in a darker space, like this one from Dimore Studio, black can be a welcome accent.
This relatively simple space from Lonny gets by with a little bit of black — and also a little bit of gold.
(Image credits: Design Sponge; Black Lacquer Design; Nordic Design; Nordic Design; My Domaine; Dimore Studio; Lonny)