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If you’re a novice when it comes to interior design, choosing the right colour scheme for your project can be a little tricky. However, there are some old rules of thumb that you can use to guide you, and one of those is the 60-30-10 method. 

That’s what we cover here, as well as looking at how simple it is to enhance your knowledge with a flexible, affordable interior design course. So, if you’re in the mood for a tip or two, keep reading to find out more.

Complementing Colours

Before you use the 60-30-10 rule, you’ll need to choose the main colour, a secondary and an accent colour. As you’ll learn on any good interior design course, the colours chosen need to complement each other. For example, you could use yellow as your main colour, purple as the secondary and white or brown as the accent. Alternatively, you could go for an orange/blue/white or a red/green/silver combination for the room you’re decorating. By using what’s known as the colour wheel, it’s possible to see which colours work best with others instantly.

So, to the 60-30-10 Rule...

We now move on to the main thrust of the article, as we look at the 60-30-10 rule that you can use to guide your design project. It’s a pretty simple premise, but an effective one that will ensure a pleasant and appealing result. 

  • 60% Main - As an interior design course will teach you, your main colour should represent 60% of the total visible colour, taking into account carpeting, furnishing and wall colour. This doesn’t mean that this colouring needs to be solid, but rather just the most prominent of the three. 
  • 30% Secondary - Covering roughly half the area of your primary colour, the secondary hue’s job is to complement and contrast. It’s something that adds added depth to the overall appearance of your colour scheme.
  • 10% Accent - Making up the remaining 10% is your accent colour, which represents just ⅙ of the area of the main one. Offering a further complementing tone, it combines with the secondary colour for an eye-catching and memorable effect.

All three of the colours, whichever you decide upon, can be worked out using the aforementioned colour wheel, so you don’t need to be an experienced decorator to come up with the perfect blend. 

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So, as we can see, while there is a science behind working out your colour scheme, it’s not overly complicated when you know what you’re doing. What’s more, if you want to boost your knowledge of the subject, it’s never been easier thanks to flexible, affordable interior design course options like our Interior Design & Decorating course.

This, like all the online training we provide, is CPD-Endorsed, delivered in short, easily digestible video modules and able to be paid for using one of a selection of flexible payment plans. If you’d like to know more about us and what we offer, simply visit us today at 

Alternatively, to speak to us directly about your needs or for answers to your questions, call us on 1300 611 404, and we’ll do our level best to give you what you need.

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