The ABC's of Architectural Decor Design-D for Depth

We are going to go a little deep in this next installment of the ABC's of Architectural Decor Design. D is for Depth. You hear adding depth to a space a lot in the design circles. What does that mean and why is it important?

Depth creates dimension, layers, space, and contrast.  Depth can make a small space look bigger, give a wow factor to an average space, take simple to complex, and create balance in an unbalanced world. That's deep. 

Now that we know why depth is important, how do we create depth in our homes or spaces? There are many ways outside of literally adding more square footage to a room or home to add depth. Some of the most common include:

  • color contrast
  • textures/patterns
  • lighting
  • wall hangings
  • accent decor
  • furniture and window treatments

Color contrast comes from smartly chosen wall paint. Flooring and Wall Coverings can provide an opportunity to use different textures. Lighting can greatly enhance depth. Wall hangings can provide color contrast along with light with decorative art and mirrors. Mirrors are especially important in giving the visual perception of light and space. Furniture and window treatments top of the visual effect of depth. 

The process of layering is important. Starting from the ground up-flooring to ceiling-every design detail will create the desired depth. Each aspect of the room while being separate comes together to make a whole. 

Accent Walls in either paint or another texture such as wallpaper can create contrast. Wainscoting or wood accent walls can bring dimension or patterns.  Lighting can provide warmth or subtle hues. Wall hangings can enlarge the space or create cohesiveness. Accent decor gives life to otherwise inanimate objects. The furniture or window treatments can take the room from utilitarian to comfy,cozy, or homey. 

A couple of examples of how layering can create depth.

Architectural Decor Design DepthBarn Wood Valance Window Treatments Home Accents

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