Tuesday, December 2, 2014

How to Use Color in Decorating

The 60-30-10 Rule
Decorating a space in terms of color is easy as long as you remember the 60-30-10 rule. This means that the colors in a room should be divided into the following percentages; 60% should be a dominant color, 30% a secondary and 10% an accent color. Take a look at some rooms in a magazine or in a designer's portfolio, and you will notice that the rooms you like the most are almost invariably divided into percentages of 60-30-10. Nobody really knows why this works. Perhaps it is the human tendency to see an overall theme in the 60% hue, unifying the coloration. The 30% provides visual interest and the 10%, not unlike jewelry, provides that little bit of sparkle.

So remember, when decorating a particular room, divide the colors into percentages: 
60% of a dominant color
30% of a secondary color
10% of an accent color

When you think about it, this color breakdown is similar to a man's business suit:
60% off the outfit's color is from the slacks and pants
30% of the outfit's color is the shirt
10% of the outfit's color is the tie

Translated into a room setting, it typically means:
60% of the room's color is the walls
30% of the room's color is the upholstery
10% of the room's color is say, an accent piece or a floral arrangement

Here is an example:
60% of the color: neutrals
30% of the color: cream/gray
10% of the color: pink 

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