Interior Decoration Glossary

Decorating a house is no easy task and also when your interior decorator is throwing around terms like ballast, chair rail and also gate-leg table, it can come to be fairly confusing. That is why I am right here to present our reference of interior decoration.

All the terms below may or may not be made use of when discussing your interior decoration strategies with a specialist or manufacturer. By knowing, or simply keeping document of all the terms below, you can negotiate and also create with the very best of them.

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Ambient: The ecological conditions in the space.

Ambient Illumination: General lighting diffused within a whole space.

Accessories: Small things such as flower holders, publications, lights, plants, florals and also sculptures made use of to personalize an area.

Ballast: A tool that controls the current in a fluorescent light.

Base Cabinets: Cabinetry made use of on the floor to provide kitchen counter support and also is normally 34 1/2 inches high and also 24 inches deep.

Beveled Glass: Clear or mirrored glass in which the edge perimeter (generally 1" broad) has been reduced at an angle to attain a contrasting aesthetic result. On clear glass, it creates an altered prism result, and also on mirrored glass, it adds a reflective "shimmer".

Boilerplate: The common conditions on an order or other paper.

Bolster: A long cushion or pillow generally positioned on a chair, sofa or bed.

Case-Goods: Furnishings constructed from hard materials such as timber, metal, glass or plastic. Instances of case-goods are upper bodies, tables, dressers, bookshelves and also closets.

Chair Rail: An item of ornamental molding put around 30" off the floor to secure wall surfaces from being scraped by chair backs.

Chaise Longue or Lounge: A long, reduced upholstered couch in the form of a chair that is long enough to support the legs.

Traditional Crown Molding: Kind Of crown molding generally made use of to conjunction with additional moldings. Traditional crown is larger and also has more ornamental profiles.

Claw Foot Bathtub: A bathtub placed off of the floor on four legs. The base of each leg is shaped like a claw foot.

Clear Flooring Room: An area that is free of obstruction. The term is normally made use of in kitchen areas in reference to the suggestions for clearances at a devices or work center.

Color Rendition: An index of exactly how light makes things show up.

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

Console Table: A long slim table made use of for presenting ornamental things, illumination, florals, and so on. It's usually put in an entrance hall or behind a couch.

Contemporary: The style integral to the here and now time. Typically perplexed with "modern.".

Contrast: The difference in illumination between surface areas in the field of sight.

Credenza: A big reduced cupboard, generally 30" -36" high with a flat top made use of for serving and also storage.

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

Egress: A course or opening for leaving an area or structure.

Faux-Finish: An attractive strategy in which paint or tarnish is applied to a surface area to mimic one more material such as timber, marble or granite.

Feng Shui: Essentially equated as wind and also water. An ancient Chinese scientific technique based on selecting the optimal placement, plan and also choice of things and also surface areas to urge favorable energy or chi.

Fluorescent Illumination: A kind of illumination in which an electric cost is gone through mercury vapor to create a chain reaction that produces light. It uses much less energy and also creates less warm than incandescent or halogen illumination, yet the light quality and also color rendering capabilities are diminished.

Prime focus: A visual center of interest or point of focus in an area.

Gate-Leg Table: A style of drop-leaf table with leaves that are supported by extra legs that swing out like entrances.

Environment-friendly Layout: A layout, also described as a sustainable design or eco-design, which complies with eco appear concepts of structure, material and also energy use.

Halogen Illumination: A kind of illumination in which a tungsten filament is secured right into a portable clear vessel and also full of a small amount of iodine or bromine to create a chain reaction that produces light. The light from a halogen bulb is much better at presenting shades than standard incandescent or fluorescent bulbs.

Incandescent Illumination: A kind of illumination in which an electric current is gone through a thin filament, heating it to a temperature that produces light. The confining glass bulb contains either a vacuum cleaner or an inert gas to avoid oxidation of the filament. Incandescent bulbs are low-cost and also create great natural light and also color renderings, yet make use of more energy and also generate more warm than fluorescent bulbs.

Knock-Down: Furnishings that is offered unassembled or partially set up.

Careless Susan: A corner cupboard in which the shelves are placed on an upright axle such that items may be recovered by pushing on the shelves. This kind is generally found in kitchen areas. When pushed on the cupboard, "doors" reveal the shelves, which are round except for the ninety-degree cutout where the doors are placed.

Lumbar Cushion: A tiny rectangular cushion made to support the lower back. You see these with elbow chairs and also couches.

Mid-Century Modern: An attractive style initial promoted in the late 1940s defined by tidy lines, using modern materials such as plastic and also light weight aluminum, and also a smooth very little profile.

Monochromatic: A color scheme constructed around one hue, with numerous of its shades and also colors.

Mullion: The timber or metal dividers made use of between the various panes of glass on multi-paned home windows. Modern home windows usually include faux ornamental mullions.

Ottoman: An upholstered feces or hassock, made to address the foot of a chair.

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

Peninsula: An area of closets or counter fastened to the kitchen area that can be accessed using one to 3 sides.

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

Picture Rail: A horizontal trim piece set up high up on a wall as a way of hanging photos without puncturing the wall surface with nails.

Pocket Door: A door that slides flat on a track and also is normally moved inside a wall for storage.

Primary Colors: The 3 standard shades of which all other shades are comprised of: red, yellow and also blue.

R&R: Remove and also Change. It's a term describing a basic improvement job that includes removing and also changing kitchen cabinetry, components and also devices without structural or mechanical modifications.

Recover: To make use of a product again after its initial use.

Substitute Factor: The portion of time that an item will certainly require replacement.

Jogger: A long slim rug made to go in a corridor or entrance hall.

Scope: The amount of the products and services to be offered as a job.

Service Entrance: A second, informal entry to the house, made use of for bringing in groceries and also supplies. It's usually close to the kitchen area, garage or carport.

Sofa: A long wood or upholstered bench with a back, made to seat two or more people.

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

Soffit: A lowered part of a ceiling.

Sub-Flooring: The flooring used directly to the floor joist in addition to which the finished floor relaxes.

Job Illumination: An illumination resource routed to a particular purpose within an area. Reading lights in a living-room or under-counter illumination in a cooking area are examples of task illumination.

Tint: Any type of color combined with white (i.e. all pastel shades are colors).

Tone: Any type of color combined with grey (most warm-looking shades are tones).

Torchere: A flooring light that guides light up to provide ambient space illumination.

Tufting: The upholstery procedure of firmly gathering fabric over a padded base and also safeguarding the gathered part to a taken care of backing utilizing stitching or switches. This procedure creates little patchworks of fabric, called "tufts".

Universal Layout: The design of products and also atmospheres to be able to be used by all people to the best extent possible.

Valance: An attractive window treatment placed throughout the top of a window (outside the case). They are generally incorporated with blinds, curtain panels, or sheers.

Vanity: Washroom cupboard with the lavatory on the kind.

Veneer: A slim layer of timber produced by peeling the trunk of a tree on a roller to produce long sheets with a regular grain pattern. This layer is then applied to a strong or fiberboard backing to create a more uniform look.

Vintage: Furnishings and also ornamental components that are between 10 and also 100 years of ages. Elements are usually found at flea markets, yard sale and also specialized "vintage" sellers.

Wainscoting: Paneling on the lower half of a wall that varies from the top half. A chair rail generally separates it.

Job Aisle: Room required to work at the kitchen area work centers.