Styling with Colour can be an overwhelming experience and often many find the task a little confusing. Knowing what colours work with what and how to balance the colours you use is crucial to the overall feel of a space. As we are often asked to assist in selecting rugs for spaces and this is one of the tools we use, we thought we would give the low down on the 60-30-10 colour styling rule to make your life a little easier.
Essentially you want to start with a base colour. This will be your main room colour and make up 60 percent of your colour pallet and is often referred to as your primary colour. This will act as back drop and a base to build on, so you may want to go with something a little more subtle or neutral in terms of tone. Think along the lines of your walls, flooring etc when selecting this colour.
Next is your 30 percent or secondary colour (half the amount of 60 percent colour). This is where the fun begins! The idea is to select a colour that draws attention while still tying in with and complementing your primary colour. Here look at larger furniture pieces such as a lounge or accent chair, bed cover, or perhaps even a feature wall or solid coloured rug for the floor.
Finally, your 10 percent is your accent colour which you maybe use in small pops throughout the space and contrast nicely with your 60 and 30. This colour might be pulled from an artwork or decorative fabric in the room in the form of decorative cushions, small accent pieces or again in small snippets in the pattern of a floor rug.
We have found the perfect example of styling with colour in the space pictured below, styled by the fabulous Lauren Conway of @iamthegingerstylist. Lauren has chosen a neutral pallet for her 60 with in the form of wall and rug colour. Warm earthy tones were then incorporated as part of the 30 percent with a tan leather lounge, peachy coloured cushions, terracotta vase and pops of earthy red in the rug. Lastly, navy blues was used as the 10 percent in the form of cushions, and again small pops throughout the rug.