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Black storage ottomans and side tables add a sleek silhouette to this red kitchen and living room. Don't underestimate the power of graphic pillows to pump up a simple color scheme. Here, cherry blossom pillows keep a charcoal-gray sofa looking chic, not drab.
It's virtually impossible to go contemporary with your decor and not have at least one stalwart piece of furniture in black. Here, a boxy black leather sofa looks so glamorous paired with a sculptural wood coffee table.
Keep a cottage theme from dripping with treacle by adding a few weathered pieces of black furniture. They'll ground all the pretty whites and pinks -- and make the style more livable for hesitant men in the house!
If fear of overwhelming your decor has kept you from painting your room a bright color, consider this your permission to coat your walls with whatever color you want. Once the dust settles (and the paint dries), add strong black silhouettes and accessories for a mod-yet-sophisticated look.
Mixing styles in black is a definite can-do. Here, a new-again damask print in black and white sits atop an antique black table. The shared colors pull them together for an elegant look.
Let your fun, funky spirit come out with an outrageous wall color. Just tame it with touches of black: a sleek picture frame and mismatched black chairs do the trick.
Red, white, and black: considered the most romantic color palette, this one is an almost fail-safe scheme. Bright white trim contrasts the brilliant red, and a black table with accessories anchors the entryway.
Art plays a powerful role in a room's design scheme. Here, stark silhouettes dramatically set off a flat-screen TV. New shapes (like the pup) keep this look modern and fresh.
If you're nervous about adding black to a room, start small by coating minor architectural details in black. The inside walls of a built-in and portions of the wall set apart by molding are ideal for these small touches.
Look to black to make a design statement in a room. A neutral entry captures deserved attention when furnished with a black chest set over an area rug bordered in black.
A bedroom in cream, white, and gray seems visually defined by the selection of black canopy beds. Other black elements (lampshade, rug, picture frames, and pillows) immerse these accents into the whole.
Can you spot the black in this eating area? Only the chairs and table legs are black, serving as a neutral dark that grounds the lighter tones in the space.
Red and black are the wow factor in a dining room with no shortage of style. Glossy black moldings add definition to a room full of bamboo browns and touches of white, and these black touches easily play off eye-catching red walls and pillows.
A few small touches of wood and a scrolling black bed frame give this neutral beige room some kick. Without these darker touches, the room could seem lifeless.
Cabinets in brilliant red below and stark white above pop with an underscore of glossy black countertop in between. The black also give the eye a place to rest amid a room full of bright color.
Honey-toned cabinetry was perked up with distinctive silver handles. The wood gets its main punch, however, in the touches of black on the top and bottom of the cabinets. The window shade, countertop, and appliances echo this accent of black.
Though the furnishings in this room could be termed vintage or country-style, the use of a graphic black fabric on the chair seats signals the homeowner's love of contemporary color. A black armoire, floor tile, and chair ties give the scene an eclectic style.
Red, green, and white is a bold color scheme, yet the effect is toned down through the liberal use of black. One of the pillow fabrics includes a background of black, creating a blueprint for this color palette.
Alternating squares of black and white are a classic look for a floor, yet this dining room has other enticing features. Graphic chair fabric, sculptural vases, and wall art add interest to neutral gray walls, punched up with art in orange.