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  • Writer's pictureBritney Heerten

Color In Interior Design

Updated: May 15

How to incorporate color into your space:

How much is too much?

Try this rule from

The 60-30-10 rule

"The 60-30-10 rule is any interior design fan’s best friend. No matter what your personal aesthetic may be or what you want your room to look like, you can use this rule to help make sure that your color palette stays balanced. In this setup, you’ll use three colors. 60, 30 and 10 refer to the percentages of your design that each will make up.

Here’s how it works: first, you’ll choose one shade to be your dominant shade and take up approximately 60 percent of the room. Usually, this will be a neutral or some type of subdued hue that can take up a lot of space without feeling overwhelming. Next will be your secondary color, which is typically a bit bolder and takes up about 30 percent of the space. Finally, your accent color is your boldest shade and should make up the remaining 10 percent."

So now we know what a good balance of color is. Too much of one color can be harsh to the eyes with no place for them to rest. I show in the illustration below that adding in a pop of color, such as yellow can help to give the space more visual interest.


Room Moods:

The source below is about 10 mistakes not to make when using color in interior design:

One of the issues is not considering the mood of the room or how you want it to make you feel. If you want to relax, you do not want to use harsh or energetic colors like yellow, red, or orange. You would use neutrals ad calming colors blues or greens.

Sleep Colors:

This article below, from the Alaska Sleep Clinic, reveals the best and worst sleep colors for your bedroom.

This bedroom photo is an example of a room with calming energy. It uses the blues and browns as discussed in the above article that reveals these as the best sleep colors.



This article from tells you why you should try a monochromatic design and how to pull it off.

This photo of a living room is an example of using multiple textile options in a monochromatic scheme to add interest. The room has contrast and an elegant, airy feel.


Colors For The Work Environment:

What colors should you use in your office to give workers a boost? That depends on the type of work that you do or what effect you want to have. The articles below from and tells what colors to use for different work environments.

Blue - Concentration, Aides the mind in communication

Yellow - Energy, Confidence, Inspires creative ideas, Optimism

Green: Balance

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