Who says when it comes to colour you need to go big or go home? You do not have to commit to current colour trends or necessarily commit to extreme colours to create drama and contrast.
Black accentuated with cream, ivory, beige, tan or ecru will always add an element of intense personality whether your taste is modern or more traditional. It is an elegant combination to which you can always add to, by using accessories or art work to add that splash of color.
I always refer to the major furniture pieces as "the little black cocktail dress" it always looks very simplistic on it's own but add the jewelry and the shoes and the possibilities are endless.
Have fun and trust your own comfort level, sometimes if you look in your closet at your wardrobe it is amazing what you might find .
Take your inspiration from what is most familiar to you personally. Dare to be different!