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The Elements of Design For Home Remodeling Part 1

Updated: May 23, 2023

There are Seven Main Design Elements

There are seven main elements to design in general, but when applied to your home, they will make your space feel like something special and give you the feel you're going for. Obviously, we can help you along the way when deciding how to design your home, but having an understanding of the process will not only make everything easier but let you better express genuinely what you want your home to look like.

We'll break this into two parts, and next time we'll focus on the final few elements. Let's take a closer look.


open space

Space refers to the overall space across a room; furniture takes up what we call positive space, and empty areas are known as empty spaces. This might seem like an obvious concept for a home, but this can really help you visualize a room. Many homes are moving towards an open concept, with more negative space than in traditional architecture. This often looks inspiring, but if you have a room with too much negative space, it will start to feel impersonal and cold. So, when thinking about opening up a room or even just remodeling something, you want to imagine what furniture can go where; this will allow you to open a room the correct amount without making it feel impersonal.


open shelf

This is not only defined by the physical lines the walls and windows make but also by the furniture you put inside. When thinking about a room, you want lines to draw peoples' attention to a particular area or feature. If you have a beautiful painting you want to be the focal point, focus on making the lines of a room point towards this. Rooms can be fully defined by lines, so think about adding a half-wall or a bump out to draw attention and focus your guests. Don't discount stairs in this equation; open-style stairs can draw attention far more than an enclosed wall. You can even go more intense and add something like zigzags to put your room into perspective.



Form is similar to shape, as in the actual shape of the room, how the furniture and fixtures are placed, and the overall balance of a room. If you have a ton of irregular shapes and objects, the form of a room will be very skewed into one direction (not in a bad way, just understand, the more round or angular walls will make a huge difference on feel). Form must always be balanced with function, especially with a kitchen or bathroom. So, while you want the form of your room to fit your needs, don't go so overboard that you override what the room is actually for.

Balance is the key to form; natural shapes give a much more relaxed feel overall and can soften a room without much effort. The harsher your shapes, you will need to add to create a comfortable feel.

If you're thinking about a renovation in Wilmington, NC, and want a team that can help you design your dreams and take the job all the way, call the team at Avocet Design Build today to turn your dreams into reality!


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