The 60-30-10 rule

Interior design colour co-ordination tips from Parrot Print Canvas

Parrot Print Canvas’ tips for interior design in museums

Choosing a colour scheme for your home requires lots of consideration. Colours should work well together and create an eye-pleasing effect, but pick the wrong hues, and your scheme could easily turn into an eyesore. Here are some colour coordination tips to follow for your home.

Limit to three colours

You might be eager to incorporate all of your favourite colours into an interior design scheme, but unless you want to create an overwhelming, nauseous effect, a good rule of thumb is to limit yourself to a maximum of three colour choices.

The 60-30-10 rule

The 60-30-10 rule

Don’t use colours in equal proportions. Instead, pick out a dominant colour for the walls, a secondary colour for your furniture and an accent colour for your accessories. The colour proportions should be roughly 60% for your dominant colour, 30% for your secondary colour and 10% for your accent shade.

Vertical decorating

A good way to make sure your colours work well is by decorating from dark to light, vertically. This means your darkest colour should be used for your flooring, your medium tone should be added to walls and your lightest shade for the ceiling.

Be inspired by nature

Nature’s colours blend harmoniously together, so if you want to take inspiration from the great outdoors, pick colours that you see in natural settings.

Use a colour wheel

A colour wheel displays the different colours, and exists to help you pick the right colour combinations. Familiarise yourself with the colour wheel before you make any decisions. Colours that sit next to each other on the colour wheel are said to blend well together, and create a harmonious effect.

If you want to go for a bold, high-contrast effect, complementary colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel can stand out, although should be used sparingly.

Triadic colour schemes take three colours that are evenly spaced around the colour wheel, to create a balanced and harmonious effect.

The colour wheel also divides itself in two, separating cool and warm colours. Use cool or warm tones to reflect the ambience you want to create in a room. Be wary of how you combine cool or warm colours together, however.

Don’t just pick hues because they’re a great match on the colour wheel. It’s important that you actually like them as well, and that they reflect your personal style and the room they’re destined for. Take inspiration from colours in a rug, furnishings, wall art or even your clothes to find the tones that work best for you and the particular space.

Test your colour palette

Once you’ve chosen your colour combinations, test how they’ll look before you give a room the full makeover. Colours might look good on a swatch, but seeing how they work in reality may tell a different story. Make a mood board to place your colours together in various formats, get sample pots of paints and make use of websites that let you create virtual rooms using your chosen tones.

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Museums and Galleries Month

This year the theme for Museums and Galleries Month (MGM) is Ideas and Innovation.

MGM Workshop 14th January 2008

A workshop was held at Milestones Museum, Basingstoke on 14th January 2008 to explore how museums could support MGM 2008.

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MGM Ylva French (PDF, 1,421Kb).

MGM Sharon Bristow (PDF, 474Kb).

Ideas for MGM. Sharon Bristow, (Word DOC, 59Kb) Notes highlighting the menu of opportunities available to museums in exploring this year’s theme.

MGM Alison Wilson. (PDF, 639Kb).

Ideas and Innovation –  interpreting the theme at the Museum of Farnham. Alison Wilson (Word DOC, 27Kb).

MGM Katerina Kremmida (PDF, 233Kb).

In a Different Light (Word DOC, 52 Kb) tells the story of how the Pitt Rivers Museum and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History opened for one evening in May 2005 and 2006. (The museums also opened in May 2007). This enabled them to target an adult audience who might not otherwise visit and literally to show off the museum “in a different light”. This event was part of Museum and Galleries Month and the European initiative La Nuit des Musees.

Useful websites

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Museums and Galleries Month which includes case studies from previous years, publicity materials and a Working with Artists toolkit.

24 Hour Museum gets a password so that you can enter information about events at your museum.

Awards for All England which offers a quick and easy application for small grants.

La Nuit des Musees.