A room that follows the 80/20 Rule is composed of about 80 percent neutral colors, like shades of beige, brown or white, and about 20 percent rich vivid colors, like red or bright blue. The neutral colors serve as the perfect base canvas for brighter colors and allow them to pop in the most elegant way. If you don’t use any color, your interior design scheme can end up being too drab and flat. If you use too much color, it can seem loud confusing to the eye. However, when you enter a room that follows the 80/20 Rule, you get an immediate sense of balance and harmony. We got some tips from some interior design experts over at GoHaus to help explain how to implement the 80/20 rule!
Beyond color, you can also apply the 80/20 Rule to texture and pattern. If about 80 percent of your room has subtle texture and pattern, then any bolder textures or patterns you add to the rest of the room will be highlighted by the more neutral canvass.
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How to Get Started With the 80/20 Rule
If you are moving into a new place, or remodeling a room, it’s easiest to start with your neutral colors, textures, and patterns so you lay down your base canvas first. Start with the largest elements of room, namely your walls and floors. You can paint your walls a neutral off-white or beige. If you decide to use wallpaper or paneling, you can still choose light neutral colors. It is best to use only subtle pattern and texture, if any, on you walls.
Hardwood floors with a light to medium stain set a beautiful neutral tone and are a very popular choice. Most people opt for engineered hardwood flooring as it is often much easier to install and is impervious to weather damaging like warping and buckling that often happens with solid hardwood flooring in places with extreme weather differences. They also have the advantage of being much more durable and easy to maintain, especially if you have children or pets.
What to Do About Furniture
For your bigger pieces of furniture, you’ll want to use neutral colors like beige and brown. You’ll also want to avoid patterns and textures that are too bold on your larger furniture pieces. However, picking one chair or one small table that adds bold color, texture, and/or pattern can add just enough dazzle to a room to make it interesting without overpowering the atmosphere.
Pops of Color, Texture, and Design
For most people, this is where the real fun begins. You can add bright throw pillows, textured tapestries, or vivid paintings to your walls. Bouquets of flowers or fall foliage leaves can also set off a room nicely and can be changed with the season. Sometimes just adding a bright bow to a houseplant can make your room really pop. Some people choose a colorful lamp shape to accent their room. You can also decorate the mantle or display shelves with trinkets that add color and intrigue.
Throw rugs are also a great way to add rich pops of color and texture. If you use these, be sure to strategically place them to define the room. While bold patterns like stripes or diamonds can work well in some instances, be careful not to overpower the room with patterns if the throw rug will cover a large portion of the floor.
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Finally, Highlight Your Personal Touches
It will feel more like home if you highlight your personal touches with color, texture, or pattern. Do you have an old family tree or interesting old family photos? Place these in whimsical frames so the eye is drawn right to them and they become a focal point of the room. Alternately, you could paint an accent wall or a brighter color on which to hang neutral photographs. Have you collected any unusual souvenirs in your travels? Why not put them on display in an obvious place! If these items are small or neutral in color, you can draw attention to them by placing them under a beautiful accent light or by placing them on colorful linens.