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 I’ve talked about using colour on previous posts but forgot an interesting rule that makes using colour simpler. Employ the 60-30-10 rule.

Interior decorators guidelines suggest you devote:

60% of a room’s colour to a dominant hue with 30% in a secondary hue and the final 10% in an accent colour. This creates visual balance and keeps you from going overboard with bright accent colours or dull neutrals and makes changing colours far easier.

30% in a secondary hue and the final 10% in an accent colour. This creates visual balance and keeps you from going overboard with bright accent colours or dull neutrals and makes changing colours far easier.

10% in an accent colour. This creates visual balance and keeps you from going overboard with bright accent colours or dull neutrals and makes changing colours far easier.

This creates visual balance and keeps you from going overboard with bright accent colours or dull neutrals and makes changing colours far easier.

By using a dominant hue in a relatively neutral or low-saturation colour

The secondary colour can be a bit brighter

The accent colour can then provide bold pops of colour to invigorate the room

A good example of using a dominant hue this way would be painting your walls neutral colours

The secondary colour could be used on your upholstery on your furniture

The accent colour could then accent your chosen colours as accessories (pillows and vases)

When you think about it in terms of a man’s suit for example, 60% is a neutral-coloured coat and slacks with 30% being the shirt and the final 10% used in the tie where lively colour is acceptable and adds pizazz.

When in doubt, it’s a good idea to purchase major pieces such as sofas in neutral colours (especially if it’s going to be with you for any length of time).  The neutral sofa lends itself to any colour scheme and the coordinating throw pillows (which are cheaper to purchase) update the whole look including the sofa.

You can use colour to create the illusion of more space as well.

Remember that a darker wall colour will bring the wall toward you and a lighter colour creates the illusion it’s further away.

So, for example often a hallway can become “tunnel like”,

Add a darker shade of colour on the end wall and a lighter shade on side walls

When painting a rectangular room you’d like to make appear squarer, using the same principle

Making the best of a room with little natural light

I’ve lived in several places (apartments or homes) that do not benefit from natural light and we often want to paint it stark white to force it into feeling brighter.

Instead of creating a doctor’s waiting room in your bathroom,

Use warm, darker colours or even bold patterned wallpaper to create a dramatic intimate atmosphere

Hopefully these little tidbits I’d forgotten to add to the previous posts will be of value.

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4 Comments

  1. My coffee machine and kettle are red, to add colour or so I can find them, I’m not sure 🤔 interesting post Phyllis. I agree although I tend to go for light walls and colour with what goes in the room, like a deep coloured rug etc. I like mirrors and pictures too. Light walls work for me as I have so much stuff!! X

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  2. My walls are the palest green with some grey furniture then an explosion 💥 of rusty orange 🍊😉

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  3. AprilEsutton says:

    Checking the room I’m sitting in and see I’m lucky. Hit the 60/30/10 pretty well. Sometimes I get lucky! Knowledge had nothing to do with it.

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