The visual impact from new structures placed on the existing landscape can be reduced by:
- Repeating form, line, color, and texture.
- Minimizing the number of structures and combining different activities in one structure wherever possible.
- Using earth-tone paints and stains.
- Using self-weathering metals.
- Chemically treating wood so that it can be allowed to self-weather.
- Using natural stone in wall surfaces.
- Burying all or part of the structure.
- Selecting paint finishes with low levels of reflectivity.
- Using rustic designs and native building materials.
- Using natural-appearing forms to complement landscape character.
- Screening the structure from view through the use of natural landforms and vegetation.
Following are some examples of proper and improper use of structure design: