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How to Design Your Perfect Room With the 60-30-10 Decorating Rule

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Decorating your home is fun and exciting, but it can also be tricky to get things just right. For a lot of people, one of the trickiest parts of decorating is choosing a color palette.

There is one simple trick that you can use to make choosing colors for your home a little easier, though. It’s called the 60-30-10 Rule. 

What is the 60-30-10 Decorating Rule?

This design rule is more of a guideline to help you create color palettes when decorating rooms in your home. The numbers 60, 30, and 10 refer to the percentage of each color or color family that will be present in that room:

60% should be the main color family used in your room. Your sofa, rugs, walls, and largest accent pieces should be in this color scheme.

30% will be your secondary color. The items that fall into this category include your accent furniture like side chairs, as well as curtains and painted furniture.

The remaining 10% will be the color of small accents like throw pillows, decorative accessories, art, and lamps.

Using this decorating rule is a simple way to ensure your room has a cohesive but visually interesting color scheme.

Creating Color Schemes

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How to Choose Colors in Interior Design

Now that you know how to set up your color palette ratio, let’s talk about how to choose the colors themselves. We’ll refer to the color wheel to do this:

color wheel

Complementary Colors

Let’s start with the color wheel. Colors that appear directly across from each other on the wheel are complementary and balance each other beautifully. Complementary color schemes include:

Add in a neutral like beige, white, or grey and you have an instant color palette for your home!


Instead of choosing colors directly across from each other on the color wheel, choose three colors that are next to each other on the wheel. The middle color will be your dominant color as it ties the other two together. Examples of analogous color schemes include:


Try different shades of the same color for a monochromatic, but not boring, color palette for your home. Examples include:

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