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I have had a life-long love affair with dollhouse miniatures, and careers in art education and interior design. I hope to combine these life experiences to help other miniature enthusiasts get more out of this wonderful hobby we enjoy, a hobby that often reaches the level of an art form. Susan Downing

Posted on 17 December, 2015


Music room box by Brooke Tucker, at the Great American Dollhouse Museum


As an interior designer, I love color. But in miniatures, a balanced color pallet is more important than i real life. It’s best not to go overboard with too much of a good thing.


There is no exact formula for allocating color to walls, furniture or accent items the. The 50/25/25 is a good rule of thumb and the picture chosen follow this guide, more or less:

Primary color, 50% – usually a light color on the walls;

Secondary color, 25% – furniture, drapes. Vary the shades;
Accent color, 25% – accessories and accent wall. This would be the “pop” color.

And remember, whatever color you choose, be consistent. Varying the shades of a strong accent color tends to make the room look “busy.”

In the Music Room miniature above, white is the primary color, gold the secondary, and the teracota parquet floor the accent color.


Found on Modern Mini Houses – color pallet of lavender, purple and “pinot grigio grape”

In the contemporary room I found on Modern Mini Houses, we get a peak at a white wall on the left. That would be the primary color in the room. The accent wall, that Benjamin Moore calls “pinot grigio grape” would be the secondary color. Third place goes the plum on the sofa and love seat and the throw pillows.

Large Windows

If your room box has of side widows, the proportions,of your color palette might be 60/30/10, where the diminished wall space gets the 30%, giving prominence to large pieces of furniture and/or an accent wall.

Accent Walls – Careful

Red walls in a bedroom would be overwhelming and too stimulating, but appropriate if your project is a bordello. However, one small red accent wall can be stunning, if the rest of the room coordinates with a small “pop” of the same red showing up here and there in the room. But again, don’t go too far … some roses on a table, perhaps, or a throw pillow,

Be thoughtful in choosing colors, but don’t be timid. At the end of the day, the colors have to please your eye.


Posted by Susan Downing

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