Color Balancing

Color Balancing

Color balancing is probably one of the more difficult aspects of design. In future posts we will delve into the color wheel and the many diverse aspects of color—-but for now I’d like to share on a few keys to balancing the color in a room.

Depending on your personal desire for either a mono-chromatic or multi-colored room, in any case there needs to be a reasonable balance in order to make the room feel comfortable. “Mono-chromatic” simply means that there is ONE main color. Most don’t like this look due to the fact that it can tend to be a little heavy and over-powering, but to each his own!

In a multi-colored room, it’s important to remember that there should always be a DOMINANT color, that takes up at least 60% of the room. This goes back to studies in ancient Greece and Rome when
The Golden Rule (Golden Number or Mean) was first developed. This rule has to do with balance. It is a rule that good photographers and artists use as well and has been around for centuries. The Golden number is 1.618, the ratio being 60/40, and is an equation for scale and proportion.

This 40% ration can be broken down into what designers call the 60/30/10 rule. For example, 60% of your room can be white, 30% black and 10% brown, as in the photo above. Don’t get too religious with these proportions — but if you’re just beginning and need some guidelines, this can help. And if you’re at a complete loss —– by all means HIRE AN INTERIOR DESIGNER!!