Choosing a color scheme for your house can be challenging especially when you are not sure what other colors you can combine. This is important because when you choose a color scheme for your home, it will allow you to give your home the specific appearance that you want. There is so much varying decorating information available that unless you are even an amateur interior designer, choosing a starting point can be confusing. This is where the “rule of three” comes into play. Interior designers tend to use a specific set of rules when decorating a home. This really comes into play when choosing color schemes. In the following article by Lifehacker Australia, they discuss some great ideas on how to choose a color scheme for your home:
When Decorating With Colour, Use The Rule Of Three
A little colour can work wonders to liven up a room. If you’re looking to decorate a room with a splash of colour, use the “rule of three” to pull it all together.
The rule of thirds and the rule of odd numbers are basic design principles, and we’ve talked about how to use it when decorating wall space. Similarly, you can use these rules for decorating with colour. Better Homes and Gardens calls it the “rule of three” and suggests using the colour at least three times in a room.
Of course, this is a general rule of thumb and you can adjust it how you see fit. But if you’re looking to add colour to a room, especially bold colour, this is a good rule for making everything look cohesive.
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According to this article, if you are choosing to decorate a room with a bold color, then it should be used at least three times. However, there are other perspectives when using the rule of three. Some claim that using the rule of three creates asymmetry which is more visually accepting.
However, symmetry also plays a huge role in the world of design. Interior designers claim that you can use asymmetric principles of design if you use them strategically. In the following article titled, “10 Designs That Incorporate The Rule Of Three“, by Freshome, they discuss how some rules are meant to be broken and how you can bend the rule of three without making your home look unnatural:
Most designers will tell you that the rule of three was put into effect due to the fact that an odd number of items looks more natural and less forced than an even-numbered grouping. Why is this? Well, mostly because too much symmetry makes a room look stale and cold (although, we all know symmetry plays a huge role in design, too). Essentially, there is a balance to be found between symmetry and asymmetry.
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there is a standard equation that works best when choosing room colors—60, 30, 10.
60% being the main room color, 30% being the secondary color, and 10% being the accent color.
This ratio can be applied to all interior and exterior colors that you choose for your home. Take for example your living room— 60% may be a neutral beige, 30% may be a bold navy blue accent wall, and 10% could be coral-colored throw cushions with navy blue trim/accents.
If bold color combinations are not for you, then choose three varying shades of the same color for a neutral, more calming room design. Either way, if you follow the rule of three when choosing colors, then you are guaranteed to achieve a room that is well-designed and welcoming.
Based on this article, the rule of three is your fundamental starting point but sometimes it is useful to bend the rules just a little bit. However, this should be done carefully and strategically. It can be aesthetically pleasing.
Tips For Choosing Living Room Colors
Now you are aware that the rule of three should be used when using colors in your house but how do you know which colors should be dominant, secondary, and accent hues? In the following article by WikiHow, they discuss how to select the bold colors that you can use when choosing a color scheme for your home:
Decorate according to the basic 60-30-10 rule.According to this standard guideline, 60 percent of your living room should be a dominant color, 30 percent should be a secondary color, and 10 percent should be an accent color. All three colors must coordinate well with one another.
Prepare dominant and secondary colors that you can tolerate well in large doses. Your dominant color appears more than any other color in the living room, so if a color strains your eyes if you look at it too much, or if it creates an otherwise bad impression, you should not make it a dominant or secondary color.
This section was originally found on the “WikiHow” website which can be viewed here.
Selecting the color scheme for you home can be fun if you follow the steps above. Based on the above articles, the rule of three is a good starting point when selecting colors to give it a natural appearance. Even if you choose to bend this rule a little bit, the rule of three needs to be used as a fundamental basis for decorating your home.
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