60-30-10% Rule to Add Color to Your Home!

What is color for you? Do you have white or beige décor? Are your walls plain and dull? Are you mainly wearing the color black or just plain Jane when it comes to your home and attire? I am here to help you get out of the box and try a mood change that will lift your spirits! You can add color to your home using the 60-30-10%!

I’ve always loved color and it gives me the happy spirit I need when feeling down or just not myself. I know many of you are afraid to step out and try something new. If you can’t visualize what a difference it can make, let me help you. Some people have problems with drawing from their creative side of the brain. Well, all that can change and I am the person to help make you take the first step!

I have a certificate from the New York Institute Art & Design and love to share my knowledge with all!

  • What will the room be used for? Example office, bedroom, or family room
  • Will you need certain pieces of furniture and lighting (this will determine placement & selection)
  • What is your favorite color? It helps to add colors you can relate to as you will be using it throughout your home.
  • Use the 60-30-10%rule. 60% dominate color, 30% coordinating color (opposite the color wheel), and 10% pops of color. Stay in the same shade family for your choices.
  • Select the 60% paint color for your walls.
  • Select the 30% color for your furniture, unless you want to play it safe and use beige.
  • Select your accessories with 10% color choice.

60-30-10% RULE PLAN

Look in magazines to see what colors and designs you relate to. Collect pictures of furniture and accessories that you like. Look at them and decide your color scheme. Remember the 60-30-10% rule and make decisions based on those numbers!

#1 – The 60% rule is shop for paint colors at Home Depot, I think the Behr paint is the best choice with great coverage. (I have painted my living room 5 times in the past 20 years and swear by it) Home Depot has a wide variety of paint colors to choose from and will even match colors from a swatch of clothing!

  • Prepare walls and floors for painting and put your favorite color on your walls. Yes, it’s hard work but come on ladies, you can do it!

#2 – The 30% rule can be one you like a lot or one that is opposite the color wheel. ex: red and blue is the opposite color.Use current furniture or maybe even slip-cover your sofa in a neutral beige.

  • Add a chair, picture for the wall, or even a new sofa with a second color choice.

#3 – The 10% rule for accessories.

  • Select beautiful accent pieces that coordinate with your current furniture. A throw for the couch or chair, a vase, statue, a rug, or flower arrangement will fall into this rule.

Some of my favorite stores to shop at have quality merchandize and loads of knickknacks to add charm and whimsy to your home. I like to shop at Ross, TJ Maxx, Home Goods, and local thrift stores. I buy at estate sales, yard sales and many antique stores to come up with the one-of-a-kind décor. I use my painting skills to make signs, (see the word sign, GRACE, in the photo below)


I choose happy colors that bring a sort of whimsy to my home. I select turquoise and white with pops of red. I naturally like red, it’s my favorite color, and you need to think what makes you smile. It’s all about how color makes you feel. If you want a soft relaxing color like blue then select a color opposite of the color wheel. If you are daring, like me, select red and turquoise. They are opposite colors that work together perfectly.

My experience with interior design helped me to re-decorate all my rooms and use the 60-30-10% rule!

  • I removed wall paper and painted with Behr paint. 60 rule
  • I used chalk paint and painted the armoire in the picture to match the chairs. 30 rule (see below)
  • I found several great chairs for my dining room from Overstock I love them and they were sent shipping free! (My builder friend, Kathy, built this fabulous farm table for me)
  • I use red bar stools and pops of red on the shelves (out of sight) 10 rule
dining room

Queen’s dining room 60-30-10% rule

I hope you get the concept of the 60-30-10% rule of decorating. It gives you direction and helps you to start with your task at hand. You should always have a plan to keep you on track. I look forward to you posting some photos of your decorating using this rule!

Come back soon! Doris aka Queen Rose