Balancing Your Colour Scheme With The 60/30/10 Rule
A beautiful room design is a “work of art” and lots of different things are working in it to build a space with interest and personality. To pull this off it takes balancing lots of different elements like textures, use of space and colour.
Designing the flow and use of a space involves balancing the harmony of fitting everything you want to go on it without crowding. However, a huge amount of impact that a room has on us is down to the design of colour.
One of the most useful ways of balancing colour is to the “Design Rule” of 60/30/10. The basics of this are that you have 60% of one colour, 30% of another and a little flourish of 10% of a final one.
But how do you use this in a room?
This is the dominant colour in the room and easiest to incorporate if you use it on the walls and floors. I like to think of it as “my canvas” – the base for the other colours to be layered on. Don’t think that these all need to be exactly the same colour, they just need to be in the same family of colours. Let’s say you use a Light Grey on the wall then your floor might be a dark grey wood, both are in the camp grey but you have depth by using different shades.
30% doesn’t sound much but you can do an awful lot this layer. I like to use this as my “Soft” stuff in the room; upholstery, rugs and all the big textiles. Like the walls and floors, you can play around with shades, but also play around with textures. I always try to keep things from become flat. A “flat” design, one with little variation in surface and texture, is just boring and lifeless. A combination of textures reflect light in different ways so the room has a depth to it. Check out my previous blog post that talked you through layering your textures.
The 10% is your accent colour – your accessories, cushions, throws, vases. This is the delicate touch used to liven everything up.
Examples of this rule below: