Interior Decoration Glossary

Enhancing a home is no simple task and also when your interior decorator is throwing around terms like ballast, chair rail and also gate-leg table, it can become quite complex. That is why I am here to offer our glossary of interior design.

All the terms below might or might not be made use of when reviewing your interior design plans with a specialist or producer. By recognizing, or merely maintaining record of all the terms below, you can negotiate and also design with the very best of them.

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Ambient: The ecological conditions in the room.

Ambient Lights: General lighting diffused within an entire room.

Devices: Little items such as flower holders, books, lamps, plants, florals and also sculptures made use of to individualize a room.

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

Base Cabinets: Cabinets made use of on the flooring to offer kitchen counter support and also is usually 34 1/2 inches tall and also 24 inches deep.

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

Boilerplate: The conventional terms on an order or other document.

Bolster: A long cushion or pillow generally placed on a chair, couch or bed.

Case-Goods: Furnishings made from hard materials such as wood, steel, glass or plastic. Examples of case-goods are chests, tables, dressers, shelfs and also cabinets.

Chair Rail: An item of ornamental molding placed around 30" off the flooring to safeguard walls from being scraped by chair backs.

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

Classic Crown Molding: Kind Of crown molding generally made use of to conjunction with added moldings. Classic crown is larger and also has much more ornamental accounts.

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

Clear Floor Room: A location that is free of obstruction. The term is usually made use of in cooking areas in reference to the suggestions for clearances at a home appliances or work center.

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

Console Sink: A sink basin sustained by legs, which can be steel or wooden.

Console Table: A long narrow table made use of for presenting ornamental items, illumination, florals, and so on. It's commonly placed in a foyer or behind a sofa.

Contemporary: The style inherent to the here and now time. Frequently puzzled with "modern-day.".

Comparison: The distinction in illumination between surface areas in the field of view.

Credenza: A huge reduced closet, generally 30" -36" high with a level top made use of for serving and also storage.

Eco-Friendly: Having little or no impact on the indigenous ecosystem.

Egress: A course or opening for exiting a room or structure.

Faux-Finish: An attractive method in which paint or tarnish is applied to a surface to simulate one more product such as wood, marble or granite.

Feng Shui: Actually equated as wind and also water. An ancient Chinese clinical practice based upon picking the optimal positioning, setup and also selection of items and also surface areas to urge favorable energy or chi.

Fluorescent Lights: A sort of illumination in which an electrical charge is gone through mercury vapor to create a chemical reaction that creates light. It makes use of far much less energy and also creates much less warm than incandescent or halogen illumination, but the light quality and also shade rendering capabilities are decreased.

Prime focus: A visual center of interest or point of focus in a room.

Gate-Leg Table: A style of drop-leaf table with leaves that are sustained by extra legs that turn out like gateways.

Eco-friendly Layout: A layout, likewise referred to as a lasting style or eco-design, which complies with ecologically appear principles of structure, product and also energy use.

Halogen Lights: A sort of illumination in which a tungsten filament is sealed into a portable transparent vessel and also full of a percentage of iodine or bromine to create a chemical reaction that creates light. The light from a halogen light bulb is better at presenting shades than traditional incandescent or fluorescent light bulbs.

Incandescent Lights: A sort of illumination in which an electrical current is gone through a slim filament, heating it to a temperature level that creates light. The confining glass light bulb includes either a vacuum or an inert gas to prevent oxidation of the filament. Incandescent light bulbs are low-cost and also create good all-natural light and also shade makings, but utilize even more energy and also generate even more warm than fluorescent light bulbs.

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

Careless 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 type is generally found in cooking areas. When pushed on the closet, "doors" disclose the shelves, which are round besides the ninety-degree intermediary where the doors are mounted.

Lumbar Cushion: A tiny rectangle-shaped cushion developed to support the reduced back. You see these with elbow chairs and also couches.

Mid-Century Modern: An attractive style very first popularized in the late 1940s characterized by clean lines, the use of modern-day materials such as plastic and also aluminum, and also a smooth very little account.

Single: A color pattern developed around one color, with numerous of its tones and also tints.

Mullion: The wood or steel dividers made use of between the various panes of glass on multi-paned windows. Modern windows commonly include faux ornamental mullions.

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

Pendant: A lights fixture hung from the ceiling including one or more lamps.

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

Image Aircraft: The plane on which the picture is viewed.

Image Rail: A straight trim item set up high up on a wall as a way of hanging images without puncturing the wall surface with nails.

Pocket Door: A door that moves flat on a track and also is usually relocated inside a wall for storage.

Primaries: The three standard shades of which all other shades are included: red, yellow and also blue.

R&R: Eliminate and also Change. It's a term describing a simple remodeling project that involves eliminating and also changing cabinets, components and also devices without architectural or mechanical modifications.

Reclaim: To utilize a product once more after its first use.

Substitute Factor: The percentage of time that an item will certainly call for substitute.

Runner: A long narrow rug developed to go in a hallway or entrance hall.

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

Solution Entry: A second, informal entrance to the residence, made use of for generating groceries and also materials. It's commonly close to the kitchen area, garage or carport.

Settee: A long wooden or upholstered bench with a back, developed to seat two or even more people.

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

Soffit: A decreased section of a ceiling.

Sub-Flooring: The flooring applied directly to the flooring joist on top of which the completed flooring rests.

Job Lights: A lights resource guided to a particular function within a room. Reviewing lights in a living room or under-counter illumination in a kitchen area are instances of task illumination.

Tint: Any type of shade mixed with white (i.e. all pastel shades are tints).

Tone: Any type of shade mixed with gray (most warm-looking shades are tones).

Torchere: A floor light that guides light up to offer ambient room illumination.

Tufting: The upholstery procedure of firmly gathering fabric over a padded base and also safeguarding the gathered section to a fixed backing using sewing or buttons. This procedure creates tiny patchworks of fabric, known as "tufts".

Universal Layout: The style of products and also environments to be able to be used by all people to the greatest level possible.

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

Vanity: Washroom closet with the bathroom on the type.

Veneer: A slim layer of wood created by peeling off the trunk of a tree on a roller to produce lengthy sheets with a constant grain pattern. This layer is then applied to a strong or fiberboard backing to create an extra consistent look.

Vintage: Furnishings and also ornamental components that are between 10 and also 100 years of ages. Components are commonly found at flea markets, garage sales and also specialty "vintage" retailers.

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

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