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These are a few of my favorite things: #47 – 60/30/10 Color Design Rule

When it comes to color proportion, did you know there is similarity between men’s suits, interior design, and web design? No? Then you may find the color design rule 60/30/10 of interest. Plus, it may aid you in planning your next weaving project.

First, what is the 60/30/10 color design rule? It’s an approach to using color in order to create harmony and balance. The fundamentals for developing a color scheme are as follows:

  • 60% is a dominant color
  • 30% is a secondary color
  • 10% is an accent color

Pretty easy, huh? Maybe I just have your attention. How about some examples? Okay, here we go . . .

In interior design, the 60/30/10 rule

  • 60% as the dominant color may include the color for the walls . . . or at least the majority of the walls. For large rooms, it might include major furniture, flooring, and even the dominant fabric.
  • 30% as the secondary color may include the smaller furniture, ceiling color, cabinets, and area rugs.
  • 10% as an accent color may include pillows, lap throws, trim and molding, and other accessories.


For men’s suits, the application of the 60/30/10 rule may be observed

  • 60% of the color is in the jacket and slacks
  • 30% of the color is in the shirt
  • 10% of the color is in the tie

Thor actor, Chris Hemsworth, looking fine in a dark suit (dominant color), white shirt (secondary color) and a red tie (accent color). YUMMY!

In web design, the 60/30/10 rule has been used in the following manner:

  • 60% is the primary color of the overall space. This may be the background color
  • 30% of the color is a secondary color and used to create contrast with the primary color
  • 10% is an accent color that should work with both the primary color and secondary color and used to highlight items to draw a reader’s attention.

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So, what does this all mean? Well, how about applying the 60/30/10 color rule when planning your next weaving project? Perhaps as warp stripes, weft stripes, or both.


Consider the color schemes below that were developed using the 60/30/10 color rule.

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If you’re interested in learning more about the 60/30/10 color rule, check out one or more of the websites below.








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