Adding The Perfect Amount of Color

A patterned, fabric covered headboard says style against white walls. Wide striped draperies infuse the room with another layer of pattern, but they don't steal attention away from the headboard. Coral accents throughout the space provide warmth and color. Smaller scale patterns on the bedding and solid pillows complete the room's pattern mix.

Tuesdays are tip days.

Today’s tip is all about adding color to your space. I am a huge fan of neutrals, always have been. There’s a sense of warmth and invitation when you sit in a neutral room. But sometimes you need a pop of color in there somewhere.

My favorite part of interior design is color. Whenever I can, I try to engulf myself into color theory and color psychology. I try and soak up everything I can about the reasons behind why certain colors go good together and why some don’t. There truly is a reason why we are all drawn to specific colors. But I’ll save that for another day.

What I’ve noticed in the short time that I’ve been in this field is that there’s a formula for color: 60-30-10. If you take a look at some rooms in magazines, you’ll notice that the rooms you like the most are almost always divided into percentages. Why this works is anybody’s guess. Perhaps it is the human tendency to see an overall theme in the 60 percent hue, unifying the coloration. The 30 percent provides visual interest and the 10 percent provides that little spark of sparkle.

So, when decorating a particular room, divide the colors into percentages:
60% of a dominant color
30% of a secondary color
10% of an accent color

Let’s look at some examples.



Think you got it? When looking at redoing a space or simply adding a pop or two of color, think about this rule. It’ll never let you down!


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