Interior Decoration Glossary

Decorating a home is no very easy task and also when your interior decorator is throwing around terms like ballast, chair rail and also gate-leg table, it can end up being fairly complex. That is why I am below to provide our glossary of interior decoration.

All the terms listed below may or may not be utilized when reviewing your interior decoration strategies with an expert or producer. By recognizing, or simply keeping record of all the terms listed below, you can discuss and also develop with the most effective of them.

Did we miss out on a term? Include your very own in the comments section listed below.

Ambient: The environmental conditions in the area.

Ambient Lights: General lighting diffused within an entire area.

Devices: Small things such as vases, books, lights, plants, florals and also sculptures utilized to personalize a space.

Ballast: A tool that regulates the existing in a fluorescent lamp.

Base Cabinets: Cabinets utilized on the floor to supply counter top assistance and also is commonly 34 1/2 inches high and also 24 inches deep.

Beveled Glass: Clear or mirrored glass in which the side border (usually 1" broad) has been cut at an angle to attain a different aesthetic effect. On clear glass, it produces a distorted prism effect, and also on mirrored glass, it adds a reflective "glimmer".

Boilerplate: The basic terms on an order or other file.

Bolster: A lengthy pillow or pillow usually positioned on a chair, couch or bed.

Case-Goods: Furniture constructed from difficult materials such as wood, metal, glass or plastic. Examples of case-goods are upper bodies, tables, cabinets, shelfs and also cabinets.

Chair Rail: An item of decorative molding positioned approximately 30" off the floor to secure 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 enough to sustain the legs.

Classic Crown Molding: Type of crown molding usually utilized to conjunction with additional moldings. Classic crown is bigger and also has extra decorative accounts.

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

Clear Flooring Space: An area that is without blockage. The term is commonly utilized in kitchen areas in reference to the suggestions for clearances at a home appliances or work facility.

Color Performance: An index of just how light makes things show up.

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

Console Table: A lengthy narrow table utilized for presenting decorative things, lighting, florals, and so on. It's typically positioned in a foyer or behind a sofa.

Contemporary: The design integral to the present time. Usually confused with "modern.".

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

Credenza: A large low closet, usually 30" -36" high with a flat top utilized for serving and also storage.

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

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

Faux-Finish: An attractive method in which paint or stain is related to a surface to replicate an additional product such as wood, marble or granite.

Feng Shui: Literally converted as wind and also water. An ancient Chinese scientific technique based on choosing the ideal placement, arrangement and also selection of things and also surface areas to encourage positive power or chi.

Fluorescent Lights: A type of lighting in which an electrical charge is passed through mercury vapor to develop a chemical reaction that produces light. It makes use of far much less power and also produces much less heat than incandescent or halogen lighting, but the light quality and also color making capacities are diminished.

Prime focus: A visual facility of passion or point of focus in a space.

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

Eco-friendly Layout: A style, also referred to as a lasting design or eco-design, which adapts environmentally sound concepts of building, product and also power usage.

Halogen Lights: A type of lighting in which a tungsten filament is sealed right into a compact clear vessel and also filled with a percentage of iodine or bromine to develop a chemical reaction that produces light. The light from a halogen bulb is better at presenting shades than conventional incandescent or fluorescent light bulbs.

Incandescent Lights: A type of lighting in which an electrical current is passed through a thin filament, heating it to a temperature that produces light. The confining glass bulb has either a vacuum cleaner or an inert gas to prevent oxidation of the filament. Incandescent light bulbs are affordable and also develop good natural light and also color renderings, but make use of even more power and also create even more heat than fluorescent light bulbs.

Knock-Down: Furniture that is marketed unassembled or partly set up.

Lazy Susan: An edge closet in which the racks are installed on a vertical axle such that items may be recovered by pushing on the racks. This type is usually discovered in kitchen areas. When pushed on the closet, "doors" expose the racks, which are circular with the exception of the ninety-degree cutout where the doors are installed.

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

Mid-Century Modern: An attractive design very first promoted in the late 1940s characterized by clean lines, using modern materials such as plastic and also light weight aluminum, and also a streamlined marginal account.

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

Mullion: The wood or metal dividers utilized between the various panes of glass on multi-paned windows. Modern windows typically include synthetic decorative mullions.

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

Necklace: A lights fixture hung from the ceiling containing one or more lights.

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

Picture Airplane: The aircraft on which the picture is viewed.

Picture Rail: A straight trim piece mounted high up on a wall surface as a way of hanging pictures without puncturing the wall with nails.

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

Primaries: The 3 standard shades of which all other shades are included: red, yellow and also blue.

R&R: Eliminate and also Replace. It's a term defining a straightforward makeover job that entails getting rid of and also changing cabinets, components and also home appliances without structural or mechanical adjustments.

Redeem: To make use of a product again after its first usage.

Replacement Element: The percentage of time that a product will certainly call for substitute.

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

Scope: The sum of the services and products to be supplied as a project.

Solution Entrance: A 2nd, informal entrance to the home, utilized for bringing in groceries and also products. It's typically near the cooking area, garage or carport.

Settee: A lengthy wood or upholstered bench with a back, created to seat two or even more people.

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

Soffit: A lowered section of a ceiling.

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

Task Lights: A lights source routed to a particular objective within a space. Reading lights in a living-room or under-counter lighting in a cooking area are examples of task lighting.

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

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

Torchere: A floor lamp that guides light upward to supply ambient area lighting.

Tufting: The upholstery process of tightly collecting fabric over a padded base and also protecting the gathered section to a fixed support utilizing sewing or buttons. This process produces little patchworks of fabric, called "tufts".

Universal Layout: The design of products and also atmospheres to be useable by all people to the best degree feasible.

Frame: An attractive window therapy installed across the top of a window (outside the casing). They are usually incorporated with blinds, curtain panels, or sheers.

Vanity: Washroom closet with the bathroom on the type.

Veneer: A slim layer of wood produced by peeling the trunk of a tree on a roller to produce long sheets with a consistent grain pattern. This layer is then related to a solid or fiberboard support to develop an extra consistent appearance.

Vintage: Furniture and also decorative elements that are between 10 and also 100 years old. Components are typically discovered at flea markets, garage sales and also specialized "vintage" stores.

Wainscoting: Paneling on the reduced half of a wall surface that varies from the upper half. A chair rail usually divides it.

Job Aisle: Space needed to work at the cooking area work facilities.