Color Theory 101: Analogous, Complementary and the 60-30-10 Rule

Interior designers and color experts share tips for harnessing the transformative power of paint to create interiors that are balanced, sophisticated and livable.

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Using the 60-30-10 Rule

Three isn't a crowd when it comes to choosing colors. According to designer Maria Killam, "Three is a really good rule for formulating your color palette. More than three colors can feel folksy and too busy." Color tip: After choosing three shades, break them down into the 60-30-10 rule for a cohesive look — 60 percent dominant color, 30 percent secondary color and 10 percent accent color. Image courtesy of Maria Killam, photographer: Anna Beaudry


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