What if this room did not have a dark table and dark legs on the chairs? Notice the black and white checked valance. If all these elements were in white or even the lighter blue this room would seem to float off the page.
What would this room look like without the dark legs on the furniture or the black fireplace? Notice even the little touch of black on the sconces--without that touch of black you probably would not even notice the sconces and the wall could look boring and uninteresting to the eye.
If this room had white walls would it have the Wow factor or the drama it now has?
Another lovely room that shows how a touch of black grounds this space. Are you starting to get the picture? It is not just Plain Black and White but it is a balancing act!
In this last picture the room is grounded with the dark ebony floor,gorgeous! The table and the darling black and white checked settee give it more balance. I hope that you can look at your rooms and see if they need to do a little more floating or maybe they need to be grounded. By using a contrast between lights and darks you can achieve a much more interesting room. It doesn't have to be black or white but at least a dark and light combination to balance the room. It is all about balance in the rooms of our homes or just in our everday life, I hope this gives you a new way to look at your rooms.
"Enjoy the Process" of: Balancing