Guest post by Ron Wolf

Balancing Your Color Scheme With The 60/30/10 Rule

Balancing color - grey wall with asymmetrical design, wood chairs with yellow upholstery in living room

When decorating your living space, balance is a crucial thing. Your home is the place you spend the most time in, so you should feel comfortable in it. Decorating requires some work, though. If you are not that into art or design, follow some simple rules to achieve your goal. Here are some tips for making your living room like the front of home decoration magazine.

The importance of balance

The point of balance is that pieces of your furniture don’t crave for attention all at the same time. It can be too vivid and tiring. The biggest pieces will inevitably dominate by the size, so pick a colour carefully. Opt for warmer and pastel colours when it comes to floors, carpets and the big pieces of furniture like a wardrobe or a sofa. That way you will set up the welcoming background for other colours. It is important that colours complement each other, and that can be done in multiple ways.

Choosing a combination
Balancing color - colorful stained glass lamps in blue, red, green, orange

If you are having a hard time choosing the right combo, there are some good old combinations that rarely fail. If you want a complementary palette, one of the options is blue/navy and orange. For adding a luxurious touch, spice it up with pale gold details. Another complementing combination, a little bolder, is green and red. This can end up looking very nice if you choose the right shades. If you are more of a pastel lover, you can go for some analogue combinations. Combination of pale grey, violet and blue seems to be very popular now. Another one, more subtle, can be a combination of cream and different shades of pink, with an eggshell/ivory as a finishing touch.


Balancing color - Monochrome bedroom in light beige, white and grey

Choosing just one colour doesn’t mean your hands are tied when it comes to the combining. If you are more of a monochromatic scheme lover, there’s a space to explore. Here’s a proof to that: colour blue has more than 75 shades. Choose pale and neutral shades for main objects and walls, and darker for small objects like case pillows or vases. If you are really crazy about monochrome style, you can organize each room by colour. That way you can call them Blue room for guests, Red room for dining etc.

The 60/30/10 Rule

Balancing Color with 60-30-10 rule in living room with grey, blue and orange furniture couches and chairs

This is very applicable and easy-to-introduce rule, that will help you a lot when it comes to colours. These numbers represent the percentages of different colours

The 60% is the dominant colour and it’s easiest to incorporate if you use it on walls, floors, and maybe the sofa. Not all of it has to be the same colour, but at least from the same group of colours. Since it is the dominant colour, so be sure you really love it. For a calming effect, choose pale, pastel and mild colours. It should be the good background set for what’s coming next.

30% is used for the things that give the room its character and can be easily replaced when the time comes for the change. This concerns upholstery, rugs and smaller pieces of furniture. Since there is a lot of fabric here, you can also play with texture to add a deeper dimension.

The last 10% is for the accent colour: accessories, cushions, blankets, vases. This final touch will brighten the room with some bold colours.

Applying the timeless 60/30/10 rule can guide you to the perfect combination of colours and patterns.


Balancing Color with 60-30-10 rule - canvas with painting colors and brushes

When you put aside all of the decisions and choices you have to make, the only thing that can really go wrong is painting. If not diluted properly, colour can end up in a wrong shade. This is something you should avoid unless you want all of your effort to be in vain. So if you are going for some edgy colour that needs to fit in perfectly with other colours, consider hiring professional painters. Don’t gamble with this one, as it can seriously set you back with the money and time.


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