Interior Decoration Glossary

Embellishing 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 here to present our glossary of interior design.

All the terms below might or might not be used when reviewing your interior design plans with a professional or maker. By knowing, or merely maintaining record of all the terms below, you can bargain and also develop with the very best of them.

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Ambient: The ecological conditions in the area.

Ambient Lights: General lighting diffused within a whole area.

Accessories: Small things such as vases, publications, lights, plants, florals and also sculptures used to individualize a room.

Ballast: A tool that manages the current in a fluorescent lamp.

Base Cabinets: Cabinets used on the floor 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 (typically 1" broad) has been reduced at an angle to accomplish a different aesthetic effect. On clear glass, it produces an altered prism effect, and also on mirrored glass, it adds a reflective "glimmer".

Boilerplate: The standard terms and conditions on an order or various other record.

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

Case-Goods: Furniture constructed from difficult products such as wood, metal, glass or plastic. Examples of case-goods are chests, tables, cabinets, bookshelves and also closets.

Chair Rail: A piece of decorative molding put roughly 30" off the floor to safeguard wall surfaces from being scraped by chair backs.

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

Traditional Crown Molding: Kind Of crown molding typically used to conjunction with additional moldings. Traditional crown is bigger and also has more decorative profiles.

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

Clear Floor Space: A location that is without blockage. The term is usually used in cooking areas of the referrals for clearances at a devices or job facility.

Shade Rendition: An index of exactly how light makes things appear.

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

Console Table: A lengthy slim table used for showing decorative things, lighting, florals, etc. It's often put in an entrance hall or behind a couch.

Contemporary: The style fundamental to the here and now time. Commonly puzzled with "contemporary.".

Contrast: The distinction in illumination between surfaces in the field of sight.

Credenza: A big low closet, typically 30" -36" high with a flat top used for offering and also storage space.

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

Egress: A course or opening up for leaving a room or structure.

Faux-Finish: A decorative strategy in which paint or tarnish is applied to a surface to simulate another material such as wood, marble or granite.

Feng Shui: Literally converted as wind and also water. An ancient Chinese scientific practice based on choosing the optimum placement, arrangement and also selection of things and also surfaces to motivate favorable power or chi.

Fluorescent Lights: A type of lighting in which an electric cost is gone through mercury vapor to create a chemical reaction that produces light. It utilizes much much less power and also produces much less warm than incandescent or halogen lighting, however the light quality and also color making capacities are lessened.

Focal Point: A visual facility of interest or factor of emphasis in a room.

Gate-Leg Table: A design of drop-leaf table with leaves that are supported by additional legs that turn out like gates.

Green Style: A layout, also referred to as a lasting style or eco-design, which satisfies environmentally sound principles of structure, material and also power usage.

Halogen Lights: A type of lighting in which a tungsten filament is secured right into a portable clear vessel and also filled with a percentage of iodine or bromine to create a chemical reaction that produces light. The light from a halogen light bulb is better at showing colors than typical incandescent or fluorescent light bulbs.

Incandescent Lights: A type of lighting in which an electric current is gone through a thin filament, warming it to a temperature level that produces light. The enclosing glass light bulb consists of either a vacuum cleaner or an inert gas to avoid oxidation of the filament. Incandescent light bulbs are affordable and also create great all-natural light and also color makings, however make use of more power and also create more warm than fluorescent light bulbs.

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

Lazy Susan: A corner closet in which the shelves are mounted on a vertical axle such that items might be obtained by pushing on the shelves. This type is typically discovered in cooking areas. When pushed on the closet, "doors" expose the shelves, which are round except for the ninety-degree cutout where the doors are mounted.

Lumbar Pillow: A little rectangle-shaped cushion created to support the reduced back. You see these with elbow chairs and also sofas.

Mid-Century Modern: A decorative style very first promoted in the late 1940s characterized by tidy lines, making use of contemporary products such as plastic and also light weight aluminum, and also a sleek very little profile.

Monochromatic: A color pattern constructed around one tone, with several of its shades and also tints.

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

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

Necklace: A lights component hung from the ceiling including several lights.

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

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

Picture Rail: A horizontal trim piece mounted high up on a wall as a means of hanging images without penetrating the wall with nails.

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

Primaries: The three standard colors of which all various other colors are consisted of: red, yellow and also blue.

R&R: Remove and also Replace. It's a term describing an easy improvement project that involves getting rid of and also replacing cabinets, fixtures and also home appliances without structural or mechanical modifications.

Reclaim: To make use of a product again after its initial usage.

Substitute Variable: The percent of time that an item will certainly need substitute.

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

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

Service Entry: A 2nd, informal entrance to the residence, used for generating grocery stores and also materials. It's often near to the kitchen, garage or carport.

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

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

Soffit: A lowered part of a ceiling.

Sub-Flooring: The floor covering applied straight to the floor joist on top of which the ended up floor rests.

Job Lights: A lights source routed to a details objective within a room. Checking out lights in a living-room or under-counter lighting in a kitchen area are examples of task lighting.

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

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

Torchere: A floor lamp that directs light upward to offer ambient area lighting.

Tufting: The furniture process of tightly collecting fabric over a padded base and also safeguarding the collected part to a dealt with backing utilizing stitching or switches. This process produces small quilts of fabric, known as "tufts".

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

Valance: A decorative window treatment mounted across the top of a home 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 wood produced by peeling the trunk of a tree on a roller to produce lengthy sheets with a regular grain pattern. This layer is after that applied to a solid or fiber board backing to create a much more uniform look.

Vintage: Furniture and also decorative aspects that are between 10 and also 100 years of ages. Components are often discovered at flea markets, yard sale and also specialized "vintage" retailers.

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

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