The Colorful Golden Rule of Interior Design


There's something about the number three that people are drawn towards. Between the strongest geometric form (the triangle), the primary colors (Red, Blue and Yellow) and the protagonists of Harry Potter (Harry, Ron and Hermione), it's easy to see a pattern in the power of the number.

In writing, the rule of three refers to the idea that when things come in threes, they are inherently funnier, more satisfying or more effective. In interior design, the rule of three states that when a room consists of three colors it is visually more appealing. However, the rule doesn't stop there, it expands into a more detailed rule when it comes to decorating a room with three colors, the 60-30-10 Rule.

The 60-30-10 Rule of interior design helps to balance the color scheme of a room and allows the eye to smoothly scan a room, moving from one focal point to the next, without jarring interruptions. It's also a good idea to stick to this rule because more than three colors in a room can start to feel elementary and too busy. 

So how do you put this rule into action? Think about a man's business suit: the slacks and jacket make up 60 percent of the outfit, the shirt makes up 30 percent and the tie accounts for the final 10 percent. The dominant color will account for 60 percent of the room and thus should be used for the walls. The secondary color that fills 30 percent of the wall should be used for furniture upholstery, and the final 10 percent of the room should display the final color in accents and accessories. 

But, you don't have to take our word for it. These rooms prove that following the rule of three and the 60-30-10 rule pays off in the most stylish of ways!