60-30-10 Rule

There is a rule in design that we often follow called the 60-30-10 Rule. This means, in devising a three color palette you would use 60% of one color, 30% of another and 10% for the rest. To apply of this simple rule in exterior architectural color, the body color would be 60%, the trim 30% and/or the front door/accent color would be 10%.

Let’s take a look at some examples of EB Color Consultants' past projects that have employed said rule.

Photo by Elizabeth Brown

Body - Benjamin Moore 1631 “Midnight Oil”
Trim - Sherwin Williams 6385 “Dover White”
Front door - C2 136 “Daffodil”

Photo by Elizabeth Brown

Body – Benjamin Moore HC-87 “Ashley Gray”,
Trim - Benjamin Moore OC- 17 “White Dove
Front Door - C2 003 “Merlot”

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Body - C2 401 “Wildwood”
Gutters and Railings - C2 365 “Monaco”,
Front Door - Benjamin Moore 1196 “Burnt Sienna”

But then again, by all means, “First learn the rules and then break them.” Sometimes I stay inside the lines and sometimes I color outside them.


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