Find example images that follow the 10-30-60 rule and others that break it.

Search in nature or find objects or trinkets around the house that have colours you like. Organise them into any arrangement where they are almost touching and draw or paint them.Try to explain why these are your favourite colours and why being aware of them might develop your design skills, and use your learning log to document these critical reflections.

Some examples of interiors that follow 10-30-60 rule.There is a dominant colour on the flooring and walls, a secondary colour on furniture and another colour on smaller accent details.
These instead are some interiors that don’t follow 10-30-60 rule . The first two interiors on top are decorated with plenty colors while the one at the bottom shows a monochromatic interior decoration.

In addition to 10-30-60 rule there are some other rules called rules of contrast. Contrast was considered as a range of differences between the compared effects of colour interaction.

  • Contrast of hue : this contrast always requires three colours, it functions at the extremes of plain colours at the greatest luminosity.
  • Light-Dark contrast exists in relationship between black and white as well as in the range of greys that exist that exist between them.
  • Cold-Warm contrast
  • Complementary contrast , complements occur when two hues are mixed and the result is grey-black.
  • Simultaneous contrast occurs as an optical illusion: the complementary colour of an applied colour is not itself objectively present but appear to be visible. This rule requires an adjacent neutral color or any other colour that is not complementary.
  • Contrast of saturation : colour can be diluted via four methods to obtain different results: adding white makes a colour cooler; adding black reduces the overall vitality of a colour and renders it more subdued and in the absence of light quite dark; adding grey reduces the intensity of a colour and tends to neutralise it; adding the complementary colour produces various effects.
  • Contrast of extension refers to the relative force that a color exerts in relation to the other colours in a system.

I personally prefer harmonious colour palettes with a hint of different colour in the space. For example the 10-30-60 rule is my personal favourite as it’s never boring, if I would apply that rule, I’d use the two main (30% and 60%) hues similar to each other adding the 10% with a touch of contrasting colour. For example two hues of brown and green .

Arrangement of objects with my favourite colours.

My personal favourite colour is green in all its shades, this photo shows 5 shades of green, the piece of paper between the two notebooks is vivid, bright green, the notebook on top has a much lighter shade resulting in sage green, the two candles look almost light blue, I’d call the shade of those candles aquamarine and the little bag has an iconic Tiffany green colour. I also chose to put two pink objects in this arrangement as I think green and pink could be an interesting mix, especially in modern striking interiors where colours look vivid and glossy, vivid pink and green don’t usually look too good together but studying the two colours and all their shades could help me with the creation of atypical arrangements that could result in a splendid new set of hues. In my personal opinion these two colours would look particularly good on furniture or on little accent details. If applied on a wall, the choice of the shade must be very careful as the wrong choice could easily result boring on the long run. I would experiment a bright pink or a bright green on one and only one wall in a room, but then the choice of shade for the furniture must be much more plain.

Published by Vanessabrunotti Uni

21 Italian Interior design student at OCA uk

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