A visually appealing, well ‘designed’ room is based on harmony and balance of color. A design ‘rule of thumb’ to create a space that flows is to use the 60-30-10 color rule. This combination of colors creates rooms that are cohesive and visually interesting.
So how does the 60-30-10 rule work? 60% of a room can be filled with a dominant colour, 30% with a secondary colour, and 10% with one or two accent colours.
Why three colors? Because too many colors in a room will create a visually ‘loud’ space. Remember, we are trying to find harmony and balance!
In a room this usually achieved by:
60% of the room’s color (dominant color) will be on the walls.
30% of the room’s color (secondary color) will be in the rugs, furniture, textiles and upholstery.
10% of the room’s color (accent color) will be in the artwork, photo frames other decor accessories.
So let’s put this into practice using a beautiful rug for your living room as inspiration: the Ayla Rug from Restoration Hardware in Grey.
1) Start by choosing your wall color: this will be your dominant color, 60% of your room. Let’s choose the light grey in the rug, such as Restoration Hardware Stone, for the wall color.
2) Next choose a secondary color which will make up 30% of the room. Let’s use the dark charcoal grey color that’s in the rug! Use this color for your living room sofa:
3) The last color choice is the accent color which will make up 10% of the room. Let’s choose the gorgeous blue color in the rug for pillows and accessories!
That’s the 60-30-10 living room color plan! 60 % light grey, 30 % charcoal grey, 10 % blue. Of course you could apply this to other color combinations too!
What do you think of this design ‘rule of thumb’? Do you find it helpful?
** You can also check out my Design Tip: How to Pick the Perfect Chandelier Size and Printable Size Guide **
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Written by Heather at Setting for Four
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