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Recently, at the Independent Garden Center Show in Chicago, I saw some product displays that really (warning: mom joke) BLUE my mind. It got me thinking about color design. Some people just seem to have a knack for it. But over the years I’ve pick up some tips and tricks from pro designers that take the mystery out of the process. This month I want to share the 60/30/10 rule.

60/30/10 Rule

Big a fan of this one because someone’s already done the math:

60%     Dominate color

30%     Secondary color

10%     Accent color

This ratio achieves visual interest with variety but maintains harmony through tiers of dominance. The 60% will tie everything together and set the mood. Then 30% clearly comes in second but still balances out the dominate. Finally, your 10%, the accent, is just enough of a splash to make the composition organic and not too predictable. The trick is that it’s all easy on the eye. You’ll understand at just a glance.

This formula is easy to apply to product displays. It’s kind of like a short cut through hours of tinkering with color combinations. Give it a try in your landscape or interior designs too.

Quick tip

Outdoors you can factor in the environment as your 60%: green for a lush east coast garden, or earthy reds and tans for a stony southwest entrance.

You’re 30%: several smart Anamese pieces.

You’re 10%: a piece of garden art or even your pottery’s plantings.



Anamese has been importing and distributing these beautiful pottery collections since 1998.  Celebrating the beauty and diversity of container gardening, Anamese continues to offer these unique and exceptionally well-made pots to our customers.  As our collections continue to evolve, we remain committed to new designs, mediums and finishes from classic to contemporary.  Our passion is as always, good honest customer service.