Quick Fix: The Easy Way to Add a Little Sophistication to Any Space

Quick Fix: The Easy Way to Add a Little Sophistication to Any Space

Nancy Mitchell
Feb 5, 2016
(Image credit: Design Sponge)

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.

(Image credit: Black Lacquer Design)

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.

(Image credit: Nordic Design)

Black and pastels are a perpetually winning combination, as seen on Nordic Design.

(Image credit: Nordic Design)

Black accents add a touch of style to a bedroom spotted on Nordic Design.

(Image credit: My Domaine)

The black chairs in this living room from My Domaine add a delicious bit of contrast.

(Image credit: Dimore Studio)

Even in a darker space, like this one from Dimore Studio, black can be a welcome accent.

(Image credit: Lonny)

This relatively simple space from Lonny gets by with a little bit of black — and also a little bit of gold.

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