Interior Decoration Glossary

Enhancing a residence is no simple job and also when your interior decorator is spraying terms like ballast, chair rail and also gate-leg table, it can come to be fairly confusing. That is why I am below to present our glossary of interior design.

All the terms listed below may or may not be made use of when discussing your interior design strategies with a professional or supplier. By understanding, or just keeping record of all the terms listed below, you can negotiate and also create with the most effective of them.

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Ambient: The environmental problems in the space.

Ambient Lighting: General lighting diffused within a whole space.

Devices: Small objects such as vases, publications, lights, plants, florals and also sculptures made use of to individualize a space.

Ballast: A tool that manages the existing in a fluorescent light.

Base Cabinets: Cabinets made use of on the floor to supply counter top support and also is generally 34 1/2 inches tall and also 24 inches deep.

Beveled Glass: Clear or mirrored glass in which the side boundary (generally 1" large) has been reduced at an angle to achieve a contrasting aesthetic result. On clear glass, it produces a distorted prism result, and also on mirrored glass, it adds a reflective "glimmer".

Boilerplate: The standard terms and conditions on a purchase order or other file.

Strengthen: A lengthy cushion or cushion generally positioned on a chair, couch or bed.

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

Chair Rail: A piece of ornamental molding positioned about 30" off the floor to shield walls from being scraped by chair backs.

Chaise Longue or Lounge: A long, low upholstered sofa in the shape of a chair that is long sufficient to sustain 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 much more ornamental accounts.

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

Clear Flooring Area: An area that is without obstruction. The term is generally made use of in kitchens in reference to the suggestions for clearances at a home appliances or work facility.

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

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

Console Table: A lengthy narrow table made use of for showing ornamental objects, illumination, florals, and so on. It's often positioned in a foyer or behind a sofa.

Contemporary: The design intrinsic to the present time. Usually perplexed with "contemporary.".

Comparison: The difference in illumination in between surfaces in the field of view.

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

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

Egress: A path or opening for exiting a space or building.

Faux-Finish: An ornamental strategy in which paint or discolor is put on a surface area to replicate another material such as wood, marble or granite.

Feng Shui: Literally equated as wind and also water. An old Chinese clinical technique based upon picking the ideal placement, plan and also selection of objects and also surfaces to encourage favorable power or chi.

Fluorescent Lighting: A kind of illumination in which an electric fee is gone through mercury vapor to produce a chemical reaction that creates light. It utilizes far much less power and also produces much less warm than incandescent or halogen illumination, but the light high quality and also shade rendering abilities are diminished.

Focal Point: A visual facility of rate of interest or point of focus in a space.

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

Environment-friendly Design: A design, also referred to as a sustainable style or eco-design, which complies with ecologically appear principles of building, material and also power usage.

Halogen Lighting: A kind of illumination in which a tungsten filament is sealed right into a small transparent vessel and also full of a percentage of iodine or bromine to produce a chemical reaction that creates light. The light from a halogen light bulb is much better at showing colors than standard incandescent or fluorescent light bulbs.

Incandescent Lighting: A kind of illumination in which an electric current is gone through a slim filament, warming it to a temperature that creates light. The enclosing glass light bulb includes either a vacuum cleaner or an inert gas to stop oxidation of the filament. Incandescent light bulbs are cost-effective and also produce excellent all-natural light and also shade renderings, but utilize more power and also produce more warm than fluorescent light bulbs.

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

Careless Susan: An edge cupboard in which the racks are placed on an upright axle such that products may be retrieved by pushing on the racks. This kind is generally located in kitchens. When pushed on the cupboard, "doors" expose the racks, which are circular with the exception of the ninety-degree intermediary where the doors are placed.

Lumbar Cushion: A tiny rectangular cushion developed to sustain the lower back. You see these with armchairs and also couches.

Mid-Century Modern: An ornamental design first promoted in the late 1940s defined by tidy lines, using contemporary materials such as plastic and also light weight aluminum, and also a streamlined very little account.

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

Mullion: The wood or steel divider panels made use of in between the various panes of glass on multi-paned home windows. Modern home windows often include faux ornamental mullions.

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

Necklace: A lights fixture hung from the ceiling having several lights.

Peninsula: An area of cupboards or counter fastened to the kitchen area that can be accessed by means of one to 3 sides.

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

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

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

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

R&R: Remove and also Replace. It's a term explaining an easy makeover job that entails getting rid of and also changing kitchen cabinetry, components and also home appliances without architectural or mechanical changes.

Recover: To utilize an item again after its preliminary usage.

Substitute Aspect: The percentage of time that a product will certainly call for replacement.

Jogger: A lengthy narrow area rug developed to go in a corridor or foyer.

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

Solution Entry: A second, casual entryway to the residence, made use of for generating grocery stores and also materials. It's often near the kitchen area, garage or carport.

Settee: A lengthy wood or upholstered bench with a back, developed to seat 2 or more individuals.

Slipcover: A removable material cover for a chair, couch or seat.

Soffit: A decreased portion of a ceiling.

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

Job Lighting: A lights resource routed to a particular objective within a space. Checking out lights in a living room or under-counter illumination in a kitchen are examples of job illumination.

Color: Any kind of shade mixed with white (i.e. all pastel colors are colors).

Tone: Any kind of shade mixed with grey (most warm-looking colors are tones).

Torchere: A flooring light that directs light upward to supply ambient space illumination.

Tufting: The furniture procedure of snugly collecting material over a cushioned base and also protecting the gathered portion to a taken care of support making use of sewing or switches. This procedure produces small quilts of material, referred to as "tufts".

Universal Design: The style of products and also settings to be able to be used by all individuals to the best degree possible.

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

Vanity: Washroom cupboard with the lavatory on the kind.

Veneer: A slim layer of wood created by peeling off the trunk of a tree on a roller to create long sheets with a constant grain pattern. This layer is after that put on a solid or fiber board support to produce a more consistent look.

Vintage: Furnishings and also ornamental components that are in between 10 and also 100 years old. Components are often located at flea markets, garage sales and also specialty "vintage" sellers.

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

Job Aisle: Area required to operate at the kitchen area work facilities.