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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.









Comments on: "These are a few of my favorite things: #47 – 60/30/10 Color Design Rule" (3)

  1. Nancy C. said:

    As an infidel in color theory this is VERY helpful information, Robyn! I have new eyes to see why I like certain combinations and balances, and this is helpful to plan both stripes as well as mixed fiber warps. Many thanks!

  2. Just found your Blog Robyn. fantastic
    Many thanks.

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