The late Albert Hadley.
Let's hear it for the color Black!  Albert Hadley loved it and Ralph Laurent home uses it abundantly.  Many designers say black is the king-color of style.  Think of Coco Chanel!  I favor the color black because it is perhaps the most versatile of all colors, it can be plaid-up to make a room sober and elegant or it could be plaid-down to make a room rustically chic.
The late Albert Hadley was a master at making a room eternal by adding touches of black here and there. 
In this room the neutral of beige and brown gets excited with the touches of black. 
I adore the contrast of the ornate ceiling and Serge Mouille three-arm ceiling lamp.
Can you imagine this dining room with a mahogany or white table?  I don't!
The famous Madeline Weinrib's Buche rug with its dynamic offset stripes makes this room up to date.
 Love the touch of a black Buddha head in this area.  It makes the space look chic and not shabby.
Just a beautiful black throw and art with some black in it would do for the owner who doesn't want to change things radically.
images via Elle Decor Spain, Nuevo Estilo, Elle Decor US