When decorating your space, divide your colors into percentages, using the 60-30-10 rule. Take a look at any decorating magazine photo to see how this rule applies. It's really quite simple. Here is how it works:
60% of a dominant color
30% of a secondary color
10% of an accent color
Mark McCauley, ASID, described it perfectly when he said, " The color breakdown is similar to a man's suit":
60% of the color is the man's jacket and pants
30% of the outfit's color is the color shirt
10% of the outfit's color is the tie
So translated, this means:
60% of color is the walls
30% of color is in the upholstery
10% of the color is in the accents or floral arrangement
This striking kitchen follows the 60-30-10 rule, using the last 10% of color as a bold accent above the cabinetry.
Afraid of using color in a small space? Don't let it scare you. This cozy nook used the 60-30-10 rule and the results are fabulous.