Interior Decoration Glossary

Embellishing a residence is no simple job and also when your interior decorator is throwing around terms like ballast, chair rail and also gate-leg table, it can become fairly complex. That is why I am below 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 recognizing, or simply keeping document of all the terms below, you can discuss and also design with the best of them.

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Ambient: The environmental conditions in the area.

Ambient Illumination: General lighting diffused within an entire area.

Accessories: Tiny items such as vases, publications, lights, plants, florals and also sculptures made use of to customize a space.

Ballast: A gadget that regulates the present in a fluorescent lamp.

Base Cabinets: Cabinetry made use of on the flooring to give countertop support and also is generally 34 1/2 inches tall and also 24 inches deep.

Beveled Glass: Clear or mirrored glass in which the edge boundary (usually 1" vast) has been cut at an angle to accomplish a different aesthetic result. On clear glass, it produces an altered prism result, and also on mirrored glass, it includes a reflective "sparkle".

Boilerplate: The common terms on a purchase order or other paper.

Bolster: A lengthy cushion or padding usually put on a chair, sofa or bed.

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

Chair Rail: A piece of decorative molding put about 30" off the flooring to shield walls from being scraped by chair backs.

Chaise Longue or Lounge: A long, low upholstered couch in the shape of a chair that is long sufficient to support the legs.

Traditional Crown Molding: Kind Of crown molding usually made use of to combination with additional moldings. Traditional crown is larger and also has extra decorative accounts.

Claw Foot Bathtub: A bathtub mounted off of the flooring on 4 legs. The base of each leg is shaped like a claw foot.

Clear Flooring Room: An area that is without obstruction. The term is generally made use of in kitchen areas of the referrals for clearances at an appliances or work center.

Shade Rendition: An index of just how light makes items appear.

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

Console Table: A lengthy slim table made use of for showing decorative items, illumination, florals, and so on. It's frequently put in an entrance hall or behind a sofa.

Contemporary: The style fundamental to the here and now time. Typically confused with "modern-day.".

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

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

Eco-Friendly: Having little or no effect on the indigenous environment.

Egress: A path or opening up for leaving a space or building.

Faux-Finish: An attractive method in which paint or tarnish is put on a surface area to imitate one more product such as timber, marble or granite.

Feng Shui: Literally equated as wind and also water. An old Chinese scientific method based on choosing the ideal positioning, arrangement and also selection of items and also surface areas to motivate favorable power or chi.

Fluorescent Illumination: A type of illumination in which an electric fee is gone through mercury vapor to develop a chain reaction that creates light. It utilizes much less power and also produces less warmth than incandescent or halogen illumination, but the light quality and also color making abilities are lessened.

Centerpiece: A visual center of interest or point of emphasis in a space.

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

Eco-friendly Layout: A design, likewise referred to as a lasting design or eco-design, which adapts eco seem concepts of building, product and also power use.

Halogen Illumination: A type of illumination in which a tungsten filament is sealed into a small clear vessel and also loaded with a percentage of iodine or bromine to develop a chain reaction that creates light. The light from a halogen light bulb is better at showing colors than typical incandescent or fluorescent bulbs.

Incandescent Illumination: A type 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 has either a vacuum or an inert gas to avoid oxidation of the filament. Incandescent bulbs are inexpensive and also develop excellent all-natural light and also color makings, but utilize even more power and also create even more warmth than fluorescent bulbs.

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

Lazy Susan: An edge closet in which the racks are mounted on a vertical axle such that products may be recovered by pushing on the racks. This kind is usually found in kitchen areas. When pushed on the closet, "doors" reveal the racks, which are round except for the ninety-degree intermediary where the doors are mounted.

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

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

Single: A color scheme developed around one shade, with numerous of its shades and also tints.

Mullion: The timber or steel dividers made use of between the different panes of glass on multi-paned windows. Modern windows frequently feature fake decorative mullions.

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

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

Peninsula: An area of cupboards or counter attached to the cooking area that can be accessed via one to 3 sides.

Image Aircraft: The airplane on which the picture is checked out.

Image Rail: A straight trim piece mounted high up on a wall surface as a means of hanging images without piercing the wall surface with nails.

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

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

R&R: Eliminate and also Change. It's a term defining an easy improvement project that involves getting rid of and also changing cabinetry, components and also appliances without architectural or mechanical changes.

Reclaim: To utilize a product again after its initial use.

Replacement Factor: The percent of time that an item will call for replacement.

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

Range: The amount of the products and services to be provided as a project.

Service Access: A second, casual entry to the home, made use of for generating groceries and also products. It's frequently near the cooking area, garage or carport.

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

Slipcover: A detachable textile cover for a chair, sofa or loveseat.

Soffit: A decreased portion of a ceiling.

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

Job Illumination: An illumination resource guided to a specific function within a space. Checking out lights in a living-room or under-counter illumination in a kitchen are examples of job illumination.

Color: Any color mixed with white (i.e. all pastel colors are tints).

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

Torchere: A flooring lamp that directs light upwards to give ambient area illumination.

Tufting: The furniture procedure of snugly collecting textile over a cushioned base and also safeguarding the gathered portion to a dealt with backing utilizing stitching or buttons. This procedure produces small patchworks of textile, referred to as "tufts".

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

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

Vanity: Bathroom closet with the lavatory on the kind.

Veneer: A thin layer of timber developed by peeling off the trunk of a tree on a roller to produce long sheets with a constant grain pattern. This layer is after that put on a strong or fiberboard backing to develop a more uniform appearance.

Vintage: Furnishings and also decorative aspects that are between 10 and also 100 years old. Elements are frequently found at flea markets, yard sale and also specialty "vintage" retailers.

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

Job Aisle: Room required to work at the cooking area work facilities.