Why you need the 60-30-10 rule
If you’re nervous about using colour in your home, try following the 60-30-10 rule. Designers use this concept to create wellbalanced rooms. Simply pick three colours and use them in the following proportions:
60 per cent of your room is wall space and large pieces of furniture. Paint your walls a neutral colour or one that otherwise perfectly suits your space and tastes. Major furniture like the sofa or bed should feature the same hue.
30 per cent of any space is accent furniture, area rugs and textiles. Pick a
1. Dominant colour:
2. Secondary colour:
hue that complements your dominant colour and use it for these items.
10 per cent of the room is decor, artwork and smaller items. Here is where you can really play with strong colours, textures and patterns that pop.
When following this rule, keep in mind that you don’t have to use the same shades for your selected colours. For example, you might use navy on your walls, but choose a sky blue for your couch. As long as the shades for each pick fall within the same family, the result will be a pulled together room that’s chic and polished.
3. Accent colour: