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Quick Design Tip: 60-30-10 Color Rule

Color theory is no joke. Did you know that purple is the best color to paint your bedroom or that it’s best to avoid yellow in a baby’s room? You’re not just picking a hue – you’re setting a mood. Regardless of what color-family you settle on, your colors should always work with each other, not against. That’s kind of vague advice when you’re preparing to paint, though, so we’re going to make things really simple: Follow the 60-30-10 color rule!

Photo: West Elm

What does 60-30-10 mean, exactly? It’s a tried-and-true formula from interior design experts: 60 percent of the room should be a dominant color, 30 percent of the room should be a secondary color and 10 percent should be the accent color! This formula works because it creates a sense of balance and allows the eye to move comfortably from one focal point to the next.

The easiest way to follow this rule is to focus the 60 percent portion on your wall color, the 30 percent for your furniture or upholstery, and the 10 percent for accents like throw pillows, floral arrangements or mantle décor. 

Are you just now realizing that one of your rooms breaks this rule? No worries. Go grab a bucket or two of a paint and even out that ratio!

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