Pop of Color – A Refresher

A pop of color can add some life and spice to a space, create intrigue, or even aim to shock. This trend has by no means faded. Here’s how you can start adding extra zest through strategic color choices in your home.

The First Rule – The 60-30-10 Rule

From My Desired Home
From My Desired Home

When it comes to decorating a space in terms of color, turn to the 60-30-10 rule. Take a look at any picture of a room you like and invariably you will notice that they are divided into percentages of 60-30-10.

The human eye tends to see an overall theme in 60 percent shades where the 30 percent offers visual interest and the 10 percent offers that little bit of bling – that’s your pop of color.

So when you start decorating a room in your home, try this:

  • Use 60 percent of the dominant color
  • Use 30 percent of a secondary color
  • Use just 10 percent of an accent color

Translate that into any room’s setting and you will find:

  • 60 percent of color in the room is the walls
  • 30 percent is the upholstery and
  • 10 percent is an accent piece, floral arrangement or anything else that “pops.”
From Carolyn Collado
From Carolyn Collado


Start By Choosing a Color Scheme

Trying to come up with the right color scheme for the whole house or even one room can be hard work. The good news is you can make it a lot easier by using a color wheel and narrowing the choices down to, say, two color schemes.

Complementary Colors

From Decorating Files
From Decorating Files

Look on the color wheel and you’ll see that complimentary colors lie across from each other, like green and red, orange and purple, and yellow and blue. Rooms decorated like this are often more formal and suit a dining or living room space. You can add that pop with the likes of colorful tableware, a bright flower arrangement or even a well-placed rug.

Analogous Colors

From Deco Window Fashions
From Deco Window Fashions

These colors lie right next to each other on the color wheel. They include violet and blue, green and yellow or orange and red. Rooms that are decorated with analogous colors tend to be more restful, causal and even muted. This color scheme works well in informal areas of the home, such as bedrooms and family rooms. This color scheme doesn’t mean a room needs to be boring. Create pops of color with the likes of tall, colorful candles or a piece of brightly upholstered furniture to offset the rest of the furniture.

Pulling a Pop of Color from a Pattern

From Interior
From Interior

If you’re having trouble choosing a color scheme, look around at the colors in the biggest pattern in the room, whether it’s the curtains, artwork, upholstered fabric or an area rug. Choose colors based on that piece.

This can be so much easier than painting all the walls a certain color. So, if your favorite piece of art is gray and black, why not choose gray to be the 60 percent, black the 30 percent and then choose a contrast rug in energetic orange to act as that 10 percent “pop.”

If you want to, pick your color scheme from the largest pattern in the room you’re working on.


What’s “In” When It Comes to Pops of Color?

From One Kind Design
From One Kind Design

Colors on the market tend to be driven by economics. Each year, the color industry comes out with standard colors that are used for fabrics, appliances and even vehicles.

The colors tend to change depending on colors beneath the colors. Remember in the 1980’s how colors seemed to have blues beneath the basic color? At the time, fashionable colors included sea foam and mauve. These days, trendy undertones include yellows so lilacs, hot reds and sage greens work well, but what colors can help make a focal piece in a room pop? These can:

  • Energetic greens
  • Sea greens
  • Emerald greens
  • Royal blues
  • Mustard yellows
  • Vibrant orchids


Talking Local and Seasonal Colors

From Pro.com
From Pro.com

Another way to pick your base colors is by seasonal color variations. Spring colors such as light greens and pinks add a fresh, uplifting look to a room and you can make a piece of furniture or bunch of flowers pop by adding vibrant shades of oranges or yellows.

It’s a good idea to study past color schemes to help you build a room’s color. You might even like to choose base colors from the area you live in and the season at the time. This is a painless way of choosing colors.

Fall colors such as browns, yellows and russets, for example, can be offset by vibrant pinks and greens – you’ll have a serene, calm and subdued room, but just that little bit of “pop” can create an enticing and exciting talking piece.


What Can Add a Pop of Color?

From Pixabay
From Pixabay

There are a multitude of ways you can create fun pops. Consider these:

  • Colorful tableware
  • A piece of colorful upholstered furniture
  • Tall, bright candles
  • A bright bouquet of flowers
  • A piece of wooden furniture that sports a bright finish


Don’t Forget the Rug

A contrasting rug is the perfect way to make color pop in any room. Take a look at Plush Rug’s selection today.

Fallon Rug by Surya
Fallon Rug by Surya


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