When it comes to design, there are a number of elements that determine visual effects and appeal of these designs. These design elements also play a large role in determining the interior and exterior feel of your home. Here are five design elements that you can apply to your home:
- Value. The design element value refers to the lightness or darkness of a color. If you are going for a light and airy feel for your home, this can be achieved by using similar, and neutral color pallets throughout your home. Further emphasizing this simple and airy look would be muted and modest accents. When referring to the outside of your home, installing gutters that are the same neutral color of your home or a specialty neutral material like the grey of Galvalume or Galvanized metal, can also help to complete a neutral design for your home.
- Contrast. Another element that works together with value is contrast. Contrast is the state of being extremely different from something else. These would be accent pieces or design elements in your home that you want to stand out. The contrast created here helps to draw your eye and attention to a certain area. These primary focal points can be created through pops of color, unique shape, or the size of a feature.
- Harmony. This is created when similar elements are brought together to create a visually satisfying feel. This can again be created by using similar color pallets but also by sticking to a particular category for your home, like “modern.” If you are going for a modern look, maintaining a modern feel in of all rooms, and the exterior of your home, will also serve to create this harmony. Some exterior accents (aside from the general architecture of your home) that would fall within the category of modern would be modern patio areas with modern décor, Galvalume or Galvanized gutters serve to harmonize with modern homes, oversized overhangs, grey exteriors, etc.
- Color. Color can serve to create many different design feels. Pops of color are often used as accents. Lighter, and brighter colors often serve to create a bright, and loud statement. Whereas, more muted colors give off a more classic, and subtle feel. Colors can often be a large factor in establishing and brining together all of the above design elements. If you are looking for a pop of color for the exterior of your home, often homeowners choose a colored gutter system that stands out against the color of their siding, or home’s exterior. Another popular exterior accent piece is a bright colored front door. If your home’s design falls under the category of antique, copper accents often mesh well. As copper begins to patina it gives off an extremely antique look that many homeowners love.
- Balance. Balance is one of the design elements that brings a whole project together. It refers to equality between elements (arrangement and positioning) within a design, or in this case your home. Asymmetrical designs can create a “laid back” and unique setting, while perfect uniformity can create more of a formal and clean look. Balance can vary depending on the end result and feeling you as a homeowner are going for.
As Spring quickly approaches you may be thinking of some design updates, and home renovations, particularly on the exterior of your home following winter. Keeping these design elements in mind can be important in achieving the look you are imagining! If updated gutters are on your list, or if adding to your homes artistic appeal by using gutters as accents is in your vision, The Brothers that just do Gutters have the solutions and processes to make it a reality.