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The Elements of Design For Home Remodeling Part 2

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 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 this will focus on the final four elements.



In home remodeling, light is utterly important, as this will determine how many windows you need and what type of lights you need in the room. However, this is far more than just windows and lights. Light is possibly the most significant determining factor for a room's perception. If it's super bright, it generally gives off a more professional appearance, and using softer lights will make people feel comfortable. However, this can be reversed in the daytime, and a room with little to no windows will make people feel a little out of place. When installing windows, try to place them so each room can get as much light as needed to make a space feel warm. For lights and fixtures, try to give your room the feel you want, so for a living room, probably dimmer lights and something soft, whereas a kitchen can have much brighter lights to help the function.



Colors portray basically everything about a room the second you walk in. If you go with very neutral colors, everyone can feel at home there. If you want to make a statement, you can pick something like dark red or green. Just be careful, as colors have an immediate reflex on people, so be sure to study the color choices of each room. As a rule, though, the softer and more neutral the colors, the less the color will affect peoples' opinions about a room; the bolder you go, the more a room will affect someone immediately.



Texture isn't used as often in building as it used to. Remember popcorn ceiling and wainscotting in nearly every room? Most builders have gone for a more neutral and smooth finish. However, texture can really make something pop, but you don't have to go with old-school ideas. Think about adding elaborate trim, coffered ceilings, and wood walls. This is a way to add texture to a room while not taking away from the aesthetic beauty. Texture, when used correctly, will give your rooms a feel that people will remember and draw their eyes. Just be careful, as too much texture in a room can overload the senses and cause people to lose focus on the room's overall aesthetic.


Last but not least, there is pattern. This is a little complicated in home remodeling, as it encompasses the overall design of your home, how rooms are shaped, and even what furniture you put in a room. In design, pattern can be as simple as the actual pattern you paint something, but your home is like a giant painting, and you need to see the thing as a whole to get the pattern you want truly.

The pattern of a house can be open, flowing, or anything really. In newer homes, they tend to try and give an open feel, but you can change the pattern of individual rooms with furniture, lighting, and floor plan. Pattern is extremely important, so when thinking of the pattern of your home, try to think of it as a whole and how each room can fit into (and shape) what you have in mind.

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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