By Lukash Hoff-Pruss, PE

Design considerations typically focus on flooring, surface finishes, and lighting when creating an aesthetically pleasing room. A critical room design element that is often overlooked is the HVAC grilles, registers, and diffusers—or GRDs. Every room the building’s HVAC system serves will have some form and combination of GRDs. In fact, if done well and with careful selection, GRDs are so commonplace that they typically blend into the background.

However, if the style and shape of the GRDs are not properly thought out, they can stick out like a sore thumb and be a blemish in an otherwise perfect room. Here are three ways to hide or incorporate GRDs in your room design.