There are plenty of rules in life and at this point in yours, you’re probably tired of following them. However, when it comes to designing a fabulous space, there’s one rule we’ve found that will make the process of picking the perfect accent and decorative pieces so simplified that you’ll wonder why you ever wanted to rebel in the first place.
60-30-10 = 100% Chic
Interior designers and colorists the world over swear by the 60-30-10 rule when it comes to implementing a color scheme for any room or space. 60% of the space should be the dominant, primary color, 30% of a secondary, complimentary color, and 10% of an accent color. The idea is that the dominant color sets the tone for unifying the space’s theme, while the rest compliment and add character to make it your own. Adjusted for decorating, the 60-30-10 breakdown translates to wall color, upholstery/furniture, and accent pieces, respectively.
The simplest way to ensure an always-elegant and personalized decorative theme is to choose a classic, timeless wall color which you know you’ll love for a long time and stick with neutral colored upholstery and furniture. This way, you’re free to go wild and experiment with accent pieces like throw rugs, decorative pillows, lamps and lighting, side or coffee tables, lounge chairs, and any other items that can easily be updated or changed when the mood strikes you.
Accommodating Accents to Fit Your Style
There are a few avenues to choosing a perfect accent piece, but it all comes down to preference. You can choose white or neutral colored walls, bold upholstery and/or window treatments, and stick with basic black, white, or black and white accents. You might opt for a daring, bright wall color, neutral upholstery and trimmings, and go crazy with a brightly patterned rug. There’s no wrong way to choose an accent, but try to have the 60-30-10 rule in mind to retain a balance and avoid overwhelming the eye.
Another aspect of accents that you should keep in mind is functionality. Most people might think that accents are just that – purely decorative pieces meant to add aesthetically to enhance design. But that couldn’t be further from the truth! Of course, you always have the option of purchasing a large, decorative ceramic dog like Joey did on Friends, but your accent furniture can be practical too. Bookcases, storage ottomans, side tables, and chairs, are just a few of the “essentials” that can also be used as accent pieces.