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Are you confused about how to choose colors for your next home renovation? Don’t worry - This post will shoo away all of your uncertainties regarding color schemes!

If you find yourself scrolling through Pinterest for hours, and imagining how to turn your home into a replica of these interior design beauties, the 60-30-10 rule was made just for you!

In this post, we will talk about the design formula that will give your home a harmonious look! It is simple and versatile, working on all home types and decor accessories, such as wall art, furniture, and decorations. Let’s get started!

So, What is the 60-30-10 Rule?

60-30-10 is a simple decorating rule to help you choose color schemes for your home. Color schemes are the most prominent component of home décor. It’s the colors that add beauty and sprinkle magic around your home. Ranging from bold to bright, you have an entire palette to experiment with.

This decoration rule suggests that you should cover your room with 60% of a dominant color, 30% of a secondary color, and 10% of an accent shade. It is all about maintaining a balance of tones with a touch of simplicity.

Pick colors that mingle well with each other to create a subtle combo. Don’t go for colors that suppress the power of other shades; instead, choose shades that will flow together to become a total package.

Now that we know the golden rule of decorating, let’s move ahead to see how we can incorporate this formula into our home.

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Create a Gorgeous Color Palette 

Dominant Color

The rule starts with filling your room with 60% of the main color. The dominant color applies to the primary objects of the room. As you enter a room, the first thing that grabs your attention is typically the walls.

Other primary objects, like a couch in the living room or the bedroom set in the bedroom hold enough power as large foundation furniture pieces to also be dominant color prospects.

Secondary Color

The secondary color would be applied to support the elements of the room. The linens in the bedroom, curtains, area rugs, side chairs, and cushion sets on the couch play a supporting role in giving your home a stylish look, and likewise, are likely choices to hold the secondary shade.

When choosing the color that will play a supporting role in your décor, you want to ensure it blends well with the dominant color. The combination of colors should complement each other well and give a subtle mixing look.

Accent Shade

The remaining 10% of the décor formula is a splash of color that complements the dominant and secondary shade. Typically accessories and decorations will take on this role. The candles on the dining table, a hanging pendant lamp in the bedroom, or a small rug in your study area can be perfect examples of how to accent a room with the 10% accent shade.

Another way of incorporating 10% of the golden formula is through artwork. While the walls stand dominant, let your wall art create balance and contrast with subtle shades. For instance, you can use this Butterfly Orchid wall art and watch the colors jump off the wall when subtly matched up with other accessories.

Butterfly Orchid Multi Panel Canvas Wall Art

Inspiring 60-30-10 Ideas

The Natural Combination

"A fairly popular combination of colors utilized today is 60% white (wall, rug, sofa), 30% brown (hardwood floor, wooden furniture, accent lounge chairs in leather), and 10% green (small and large indoor plants)." Says Yoko Chow, Interior Designer and Owner of Yoko Chow Design LLC, CA. 

"This can be scientifically supported by biophilia – human’s innate affiliation with nature. One research by Tsunetsugu et al. reflects the psychological and physiological impact of different ratios of the natural material and concluded a moderate ratio (45%, in the study) works the best. Wood - known as the most reasonable natural material we incorporate into interior scenes today, accounts for the significant portion of this ratio, and may be combined with greenery, leather upholstery, straw baskets, etc. It is understandable why this option has been well accepted by the mass audience for its natural tranquil appeal."

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The Bold Combination

"A bolder option that people may wish to explore and often successfully creates a sophisticated look is 60% shades of greige (wall paint, cabinets, flooring), 30% black (countertops, lighting fixtures, chairs, appliances) and 10% gold (hardware including legs of chairs and handles, outlet covers, decors)." Yoko continues.

"One suggestion is to adjust the portion of the color combination by incorporating garnish. You can add accents by wall arts and their frames. This tip is convenient since you can easily adjust the location or try different options and periodically refresh your living space."

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Get Creative

Instead of picking variable colors, consider a monochrome look by choosing shades of the same color as dominant, secondary, and accent tones. Different shades of the same color will create a seamless flow in your room and results in a stylish and subtle look.

Alternatively, you can do opposites! Decorating your home in black and white with a splash of an accent color is a sophisticated combination.

Still stuck? You can always just start with your favorite color. Love pastels? A 60-30-10 combination of pastels will give you a fresh, cheery room. Obsessed with red? Be bold and incorporate a rusty red look with white and orange shades for a room full of energy. The opportunities are endless.

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Rules are Meant to be Broken 

Don’t be afraid to experiment with the 60-30-10 rule according to your own unique style. If you want to include other shades, instead of 30%, you can break it into 15% + 15% for a personalized décor experience. But be careful and choose your colors wisely. Your room should reflect a unity of balanced shades, not a whirlpool of colors.

Final Words

Whether you are an expert interior designer or a DIY novice, the 60-30-10 rule is a valuable tool to guide you through choosing a balanced color scheme for your home. There’s no need for a calculator; follow your heart and your own personal style to reach a fresh and unique home décor experience.



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