Interior Decoration Glossary

Embellishing a residence 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 end up being quite confusing. That is why I am below to provide our reference of interior decoration.

All the terms below may or may not be used when reviewing your interior decoration plans with a professional or supplier. By knowing, or just maintaining record of all the terms below, you can bargain and also create with the best of them.

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Ambient: The ecological problems in the room.

Ambient Lighting: General lighting diffused within a whole room.

Accessories: Little objects such as vases, publications, lamps, plants, florals and also sculptures used to customize an area.

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

Base Cabinets: Cabinetry used on the flooring to give kitchen counter assistance and also is commonly 34 1/2 inches high and also 24 inches deep.

Beveled Glass: Clear or mirrored glass in which the edge boundary (typically 1" wide) has been reduced at an angle to attain a different visual impact. On clear glass, it creates an altered prism impact, and also on mirrored glass, it includes a reflective "sparkle".

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

Strengthen: A lengthy cushion or cushion typically put on a chair, couch or bed.

Case-Goods: Furnishings made of hard products such as timber, metal, glass or plastic. Examples of case-goods are upper bodies, tables, dressers, shelfs and also closets.

Chair Rail: A piece of decorative molding placed around 30" off the flooring to safeguard 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.

Classic Crown Molding: Sort Of crown molding typically used to conjunction with additional moldings. Classic crown is larger and also has extra decorative 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 Flooring Space: A location that is free of obstruction. The term is commonly used in kitchens in reference to the referrals for clearances at a devices or job center.

Color Performance: An index of exactly how light makes objects show up.

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

Console Table: A lengthy slim table used for presenting decorative objects, illumination, florals, etc. It's often placed in a foyer or behind a sofa.

Contemporary: The style inherent to the present time. Typically puzzled with "modern.".

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

Credenza: A large reduced closet, typically 30" -36" high with a level top used for offering and also storage space.

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

Egress: A course or opening for exiting an area or building.

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

Feng Shui: Essentially equated as wind and also water. An ancient Chinese clinical practice based upon selecting the optimal positioning, plan and also choice of objects and also surface areas to encourage positive energy or chi.

Fluorescent Lighting: A kind of illumination in which an electrical cost is passed through mercury vapor to create a chemical reaction that produces light. It uses far much less energy and also creates much less warmth than incandescent or halogen illumination, but the light top quality and also color making capabilities are lessened.

Prime focus: An aesthetic center of rate of interest or point of emphasis in an area.

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

Green Layout: A design, also described as a lasting design or eco-design, which adapts eco sound concepts of building, material and also energy use.

Halogen Lighting: A kind of illumination in which a tungsten filament is sealed right into a small clear vessel and also full of a small amount of iodine or bromine to create a chemical reaction that produces light. The light from a halogen bulb is much better at presenting colors than typical incandescent or fluorescent light bulbs.

Incandescent Lighting: A kind of illumination in which an electric current is passed through a slim filament, heating it to a temperature level that produces light. The enclosing glass bulb contains either a vacuum or an inert gas to stop oxidation of the filament. Incandescent light bulbs are inexpensive and also create great all-natural light and also color renderings, but make use of more energy and also generate more warmth than fluorescent light bulbs.

Knock-Down: Furnishings that is sold unassembled or partially assembled.

Careless Susan: A corner closet in which the racks are mounted on a vertical axle such that things may be obtained by pushing on the racks. This type is typically found in kitchens. When pushed on the closet, "doors" expose the racks, which are round except for the ninety-degree intermediary where the doors are mounted.

Lumbar Pillow: A small rectangular cushion developed to support the reduced back. You see these with armchairs and also couches.

Mid-Century Modern: An attractive style first promoted in the late 1940s defined by tidy lines, the use of modern products such as plastic and also aluminum, and also a sleek minimal profile.

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

Mullion: The timber or metal dividers used between the various panes of glass on multi-paned home windows. Modern home windows often include artificial decorative mullions.

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

Necklace: An illumination fixture hung from the ceiling consisting of several lamps.

Peninsula: A location of closets or counter attached to the kitchen that can be accessed via one to 3 sides.

Photo Airplane: The aircraft on which the picture is watched.

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

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

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

R&R: Get Rid Of and also Change. It's a term describing an easy makeover job that entails getting rid of and also replacing cabinets, components and also appliances without architectural or mechanical changes.

Redeem: To make use of an item again after its preliminary use.

Substitute Element: The portion of time that a product will need substitute.

Jogger: A lengthy slim area rug developed to go in a hallway or entrance hall.

Range: The sum of the products and services to be supplied as a job.

Solution Entrance: A 2nd, informal entry to the home, used for generating grocery stores and also materials. It's often close to the kitchen, garage or carport.

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

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

Soffit: A lowered portion of a ceiling.

Sub-Flooring: The floor covering applied straight to the flooring joist in addition to which the completed flooring rests.

Task Lighting: An illumination source guided to a particular purpose within an area. Checking out lights in a living-room or under-counter illumination in a kitchen are examples of task illumination.

Tint: Any color blended with white (i.e. all pastel colors are colors).

Tone: Any color blended with grey (most warm-looking colors are tones).

Torchere: A flooring light that guides light upward to give ambient room illumination.

Tufting: The upholstery procedure of securely gathering fabric over a cushioned base and also securing the collected portion to a dealt with backing using sewing or buttons. This procedure creates tiny 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 greatest level possible.

Frame: An attractive home window treatment mounted across the top of a window (outside the covering). They are typically integrated with blinds, drape panels, or sheers.

Vanity: Washroom closet with the bathroom on the type.

Veneer: A slim layer of timber developed by peeling off the trunk of a tree on a roller to generate lengthy sheets with a consistent grain pattern. This layer is after that related to a solid or fiberboard backing to create a more uniform look.

Vintage: Furnishings and also decorative aspects that are between 10 and also 100 years old. Elements are often found at flea markets, garage sales and also specialty "vintage" sellers.

Wainscoting: Paneling on the reduced half of a wall that differs from the upper half. A chair rail typically divides it.

Work Aisle: Space required to operate at the kitchen job facilities.