Have you run into a situation where you’d like to have the “color” changed when you receive the visualized draft or even final results? You may think: even if it is the final stage, changing a small area of “color” seems to be as easy as pie. But, is it true?

As an architectural visualization specialist for more than 16 years, AIMIR has confronted various situations about “changing color”. Some at the early stage such as first round rendering, some, however, at the final stage. This actually is the merit of architectural visualization – you can change your mind any time before it’s built. However, in certain cases, extra charges may apply. How does “color changing” work? Does it really as easy as falling off a log? How to avoid extra charges? AIMIR has summarized three different scenarios on “changing color” that you should know before starting that journey.


1. Change the Real Color or Pattern – Post-production

This is the most straightforward situation, where you’d like to have the actual color or pattern changed. It could be simply change the color or pattern of a small area, or have the logo changed. There is not much work involved normally, and it can be done by post-production, such as Photoshop. Below is a project where the client wanted to change the color of the wall after the final delivery. It is very clear that only the color of the bricks is being changed from red to grey, which can be performed by post-production. The same comes to a logo, a drawing on the wall or anything similar.

Red bricks changed to grey.

Workload for this type of color-changing:

1 – 10% depending on the area size. Normally, there is no extra charge for this type. Any special situation, we will communicate with our client when we receive the files.


2. Change the Texture or Material – Re-rendering

While you believe color seems to be the only part being changed, it is not true in some of the cases. This means that most, not all, of the situation that requires a “color change” is more than just colors. Let’s take the following project for instance. The client hoped to have the colors of the cupboard, benchtop and wall changed. Apparently this color-change needs to re-render because not only the color but the textures were changed. It is not difficult to tell the difference, as long as you focus on the changing areas. Is it just the color, or the texture or material? The answer is obvious when you think this way.

Please pay attention to the material and textures.

Workload for this type of color-changing:

20-50% depending on the area size. There is no extra charge if the change is minor. For example, change the texture of a chair will not occur any fees. Extra charges apply depending on the actual workload.


3. Change the Design of a Specific Area – Re-modeling

Now you should be aware of the fact that only changing the color or texture won’t occur any extra fees or only a little. There still is a situation where some clients hope to “change the color” but actually they are talking about changing designs. To elaborate, please see this project below.

The design of the walls and window frames is changed.

Please pay attention to the walls: red walls changed to grey walls. Easy? It’s not like the first situation where only bricks color got changed. This time, it is the design of the wall which is being changed. If you pay closer attention, you will find the design is adjusted, from red bricks pattern to grey long bricks, and the window frames are redesigned. The workload is not simply change the bricks color. We need to re-model the building, and render and post-produce it, which actually equals to a brand new image.

If this example is not clear enough, please check this project:

Please pay attention to the bottom half of the house façade. What can you see?

The bottom half part of the façade of the house is changed from grey concrete to wooden panel. We had no choice but to modify the model and did the whole process from the beginning.

Workload for this type of color-changing:

Up to 80%. This situation usually needs a heavy workload, because the model has changed.


Now you know 3 typical situations where architects and designers hope to “change color”. As you see, this article covers basically all aspects of this color-changing situation, and potential possibilities of extra charges. AIMIR highly recommend to use them as a guide to avoid extra costs and time when dealing with your architectural visualization project.

Looking for professional architectural visualization services? Contact AIMIR now at [email protected] to get the ideal visualization works for your exciting project!


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