Decorating 101: The 60-30-10 Rule

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Are you ready to refresh your home with some new accessories or a fresh coat of paint! Designing your home is about inspiration and imagination. The 60-3-10 rule is a timeless decorating rule that can help you put together your color scheme easily. The 60% + 30% + 10% proportion will help you add balance to the colors used in any space.

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Sixty percent of the room’s color comes from the walls, giving the room a unifying look. This could include most of your walls, larger accent pieces like area rugs, and maybe even your sofa. The idea is that the sixty percent color will anchor your space and serves as a backdrop for what comes next.


Thirty percent is from the upholstery, providing visual interest. You’ll be using half as much of this color, as your main color. This could include draperies, accent chairs, bedding, painted furniture, or even a beautiful accent wall.  The secondary color should support the main color yet is different enough to set them apart.

Accents 60-30-10

Ten percent of the room’s color should come from accessories, adding that extra pop and sparkle to your space. This is the fun part!  Get creative with accent pillows, decorative accessories, artwork, lamps, candles and more. Your accent color can be taken from artwork in the room, or from a printed fabric pattern from your upholstery.

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The 60-30-10 rule can make choosing your colors easy and also help in achieving balance. To help you choose the three colors for your space, use a color wheel or you can even pull the colors from a fabric print because the fabric designer has already done the matching for you.

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