Interior Design Glossary

Decorating a home is no very easy job and also when your interior decorator is throwing around terms like ballast, chair rail and also gate-leg table, it can become quite complicated. That is why I am here to provide our glossary of interior decoration.

All the terms below might or might not be used when discussing your interior decoration plans with a professional or manufacturer. By understanding, or just keeping document of all the terms below, you can negotiate and also make with the best of them.

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Ambient: The environmental conditions in the space.

Ambient Illumination: General lighting diffused within an entire space.

Accessories: Tiny objects such as vases, publications, lights, plants, florals and also sculptures used to personalize a room.

Ballast: A device that manages the current in a fluorescent lamp.

Base Cabinets: Cabinetry used on the flooring to supply countertop assistance and also is normally 34 1/2 inches tall and also 24 inches deep.

Beveled Glass: Clear or mirrored glass in which the side boundary (generally 1" wide) has been reduced at an angle to accomplish a contrasting visual result. On clear glass, it develops a distorted prism result, and also on mirrored glass, it includes a reflective "sparkle".

Boilerplate: The conventional conditions on an order or various other file.

Boost: A lengthy pillow or cushion generally put on a chair, couch or bed.

Case-Goods: Furnishings made of hard products such as wood, steel, glass or plastic. Instances of case-goods are breasts, tables, dressers, bookshelves and also cupboards.

Chair Rail: An item of attractive molding positioned roughly 30" off the flooring to protect wall surfaces from being scraped by chair backs.

Chaise Longue or Lounge: A long, low upholstered sofa in the form of a chair that is long sufficient to sustain the legs.

Classic Crown Molding: Sort Of crown molding generally used to conjunction with extra moldings. Classic crown is bigger and also has extra attractive profiles.

Claw Foot Bathtub: A tub mounted off of the flooring on 4 legs. The base of each leg is formed like a claw foot.

Clear Flooring Room: A location that is free of obstruction. The term is normally used in cooking areas of the referrals for clearances at a home appliances or job facility.

Shade Performance: An index of just how light makes objects appear.

Console Sink: A sink container supported by legs, which can be steel or wood.

Console Table: A lengthy narrow table used for displaying attractive objects, lighting, florals, and so on. It's commonly positioned in a foyer or behind a sofa.

Contemporary: The design fundamental to the here and now time. Typically perplexed with "contemporary.".

Contrast: The distinction in brightness between surface areas in the field of view.

Credenza: A large low closet, generally 30" -36" high with a flat top used for offering and also storage space.

Eco-Friendly: Having little or no effect on the indigenous community.

Egress: A course or opening for leaving a room or building.

Faux-Finish: An ornamental technique in which paint or discolor is applied to a surface to mimic another product such as wood, marble or granite.

Feng Shui: Actually converted as wind and also water. An old Chinese clinical method based upon selecting the optimum positioning, arrangement and also selection of objects and also surface areas to motivate favorable energy or chi.

Fluorescent Illumination: A kind of lighting in which an electric cost is passed through mercury vapor to create a chain reaction that produces light. It utilizes much much less energy and also develops much less warmth than incandescent or halogen lighting, yet the light top quality and also color rendering abilities are decreased.

Prime focus: An aesthetic facility of passion or point of emphasis in a room.

Gate-Leg Table: A design of drop-leaf table with leaves that are supported by added legs that swing out like gateways.

Green Design: A style, additionally described as a sustainable layout or eco-design, which complies with ecologically appear principles of building, product and also energy usage.

Halogen Illumination: A kind of lighting in which a tungsten filament is secured right into a compact transparent vessel and also loaded with a percentage of iodine or bromine to create a chain reaction that produces light. The light from a halogen light bulb is much better at displaying colors than typical incandescent or fluorescent light bulbs.

Incandescent Illumination: A kind of lighting in which an electric current is passed through a slim filament, heating it to a temperature that produces light. The enclosing glass light bulb has either a vacuum or an inert gas to prevent oxidation of the filament. Incandescent light bulbs are cost-effective and also create good natural light and also color renderings, yet use even more energy and also create even more warmth than fluorescent light bulbs.

Knock-Down: Furnishings that is offered unassembled or partly put together.

Lazy Susan: A corner closet in which the shelves are mounted on a vertical axle such that products might be recovered by pushing on the shelves. This kind is generally located in cooking areas. When pushed on the closet, "doors" reveal the shelves, which are round besides the ninety-degree intermediary where the doors are mounted.

Lumbar Pillow: A little rectangular pillow designed to sustain the reduced back. You see these with armchairs and also sofas.

Mid-Century Modern: An ornamental design very first popularized in the late 1940s defined by clean lines, making use of contemporary products such as plastic and also aluminum, and also a smooth marginal profile.

Monochromatic: A color design built around one hue, with numerous of its tones and also colors.

Mullion: The wood or steel dividers used between the various panes of glass on multi-paned home windows. Modern home windows commonly feature artificial attractive mullions.

Footrest: An upholstered feces or hassock, designed to go at the foot of a chair.

Pendant: An illumination fixture hung from the ceiling containing one or more lights.

Peninsula: A location of cupboards or counter secured to the kitchen that can be accessed by means of one to three sides.

Image Aircraft: The aircraft on which the picture is watched.

Image Rail: A straight trim piece installed high up on a wall surface as a way of hanging photos without puncturing the wall with nails.

Pocket Door: A door that moves horizontally on a track and also is normally relocated inside a wall surface for storage space.

Primary Colors: The three basic colors of which all various other colors are included: red, yellow and also blue.

R&R: Eliminate and also Replace. It's a term explaining a straightforward makeover project that includes removing and also replacing cabinetry, fixtures and also appliances without structural or mechanical adjustments.

Reclaim: To use an item again after its initial usage.

Substitute Factor: The percentage of time that a product will certainly call for substitute.

Runner: A lengthy narrow rug designed to go in a hallway or entrance hall.

Range: The sum of the product or services to be provided as a project.

Solution Access: A second, informal entryway to the house, used for bringing in grocery stores and also materials. It's commonly near the kitchen, garage or carport.

Sofa: A lengthy wood or upholstered bench with a back, designed to seat two or even more individuals.

Slipcover: A removable fabric cover for a chair, couch or loveseat.

Soffit: A decreased section of a ceiling.

Sub-Flooring: The flooring applied straight to the flooring joist in addition to which the finished flooring relaxes.

Job Illumination: An illumination resource routed to a particular objective within a room. Reviewing lights in a living-room or under-counter lighting in a cooking area are instances of job lighting.

Color: Any color combined with white (i.e. all pastel colors are colors).

Tone: Any color combined with gray (most warm-looking colors are tones).

Torchere: A floor lamp that routes light upward to supply ambient space lighting.

Tufting: The furniture procedure of securely collecting fabric over a cushioned base and also securing the collected section to a repaired support utilizing sewing or switches. This procedure develops small patchworks of fabric, called "tufts".

Universal Design: The layout of items and also environments to be useable by all individuals to the greatest extent feasible.

Frame: An ornamental home window treatment mounted across the top of a home window (outside the case). They are generally combined with blinds, curtain panels, or sheers.

Vanity: Bathroom closet with the bathroom on the kind.

Veneer: A thin layer of wood created by peeling off the trunk of a tree on a roller to produce long sheets with a regular grain pattern. This layer is after that applied to a strong or fiber board support to create an extra consistent look.

Vintage: Furnishings and also attractive components that are between 10 and also 100 years of ages. Aspects are commonly located at flea markets, garage sales and also specialized "vintage" sellers.

Wainscoting: Paneling on the reduced fifty percent of a wall surface that differs from the upper fifty percent. A chair rail generally divides it.

Job Aisle: Room needed to work at the kitchen job centers.