Understanding Autodesk Revit Materials

18 Sep, 2013 By: Daniel Stine

Learn how to manipulate materials skillfully, and you'll be able to get the results you want from Revit.


This option is great in renderings, as seen with the light fixtures below.

A surface with a self-illuminating material will actually add light to a scene. In the image below, the self-illuminating low wall in the center of the room is the only light source. This material can also be used to get a very white surface when nothing else seems to be working.

Linked Files and Materials

For Revit links, all materials need to be set in the source Revit file. This can be tricky if the linked file is coming from an external consultant. Following the mechanical model image below are notes on how each material was applied.

A: You can set a material in Object Styles to quickly apply a material to everything in the model. This is overridden by the subsequent techniques mentioned below.

B: It is also possible to paint materials on elements. This is required if the color needs to change. For a round duct, you need to paint four separate quadrants for each section of duct. Also, you cannot paint a material on a duct fitting.

C: Most loadable content (i.e., regular families) can have materials assigned as usual.

D: You can also assign materials to the duct or pipe systems, as shown in the image below.

Adjusting the duct material via the duct system type.


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