Color in Interior Design

One of the most exciting aspects of home design is COLOR.

Whether you are wanting to give your space a little facelift or you are working on a new home or remodel, choosing which colors to use and how much of them really directs the feel of your space. If you know any of our team, you know we all respond to color in different ways, which is how it should be! Our Creative Christmas market showed a little glimpse into our love for color – with many different choices of tree ornaments, pillows, and more.

Have you heard of the 60-30-10 rule? This is a great rule to apply whenever you are deciding the color of a space. It’s a simple ratio that has proven to please the eye:

  • 60% of your room should be your dominant color. This includes wall space, as well as your large anchor pieces in your room.
  • 30% of your room should be your secondary color. This is used to complement your dominant color in some of the larger accent pieces, such as curtains or accent chairs.
  • 10% of your room should be your accent color. This is a color that ties in with your two pre-existing colors, but is used in smaller pieces, such as candles, lamps or throw pillows.

And don’t forget that texture can play a huge role in this as well! Especially when it comes to accent pieces. You may want to choose a texture that you want to really shine in your space. It could be woven pieces, fur, beaded pieces, weathered wood, copper, or even a combination of those things! 

As you are probably guessing, this is intended to be a guide to follow loosely and not a prescription to follow to a T. And that is what we love about design! There are some general guidelines that are helpful and provide a starting point, but there is always the freedom to let your eye guide you and to play with your space until you love it personally. Don’t be afraid to deviate from this and try a monochromatic color scale, if that appeals to you, or to add two or more accent colors if you’d like! Once again, it is your space, and the important thing is that you love it. And as always, we are here to help you in any way!

We’d love to hear from you! Have you heard of this ratio before? How many of you have used it in your own homes?

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