Using the Rule for Kitchen Cabinet Layout
To make a large-scale kitchen—such as the one pictured above—function aesthetically, you have to create a human scale while still adding design elements that will fill the volume of the room.
It is important to keep functional scale in mind – customizing cabinets to a human scale. Large cabinets that extend to cathedral ceiling height look amazing in photos but no human is ever going to be able to reach that top shelf.
In the featured example above, the kitchen area’s drop ceiling allows for a smooth fitted line of use-able height kitchen cabinets. The kitchen island is also designed to be about 30 % of the whole kitchen space. The pendant lights complete the visual balance.
Using The Rule for Color Choices
We are using black, white, and grey examples in this article to make the 60-30-10 choices obvious. Once the rule makes sense to you, you can use a tool like this Adobe Color Wheel to see what other combinations you like.
In the featured image, 60% of the surfaces are white, 30% are black, and about 10% are silver. These choices feel visually balanced. Other popular trios in kitchen colors include blue/silver/white or even white/black/orange.
Create a Kitchen You Love
Having a grasp of the basic vocabulary of design will help you work with a kitchen designer. When the 60/30/10 rule, you’ll know why a room doesn’t quite come together. And better yet, you’ll know how to design a room that will feel good from the get-go.
Thanks for reading our quick introduction to the 60-30-10 color rule. If you’re remodeling your kitchen, check out our projects on Houzz to get more ideas.