Interior Design Glossary

Enhancing a home 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 come to be rather complicated. That is why I am right here to present our glossary of interior design.

All the terms listed below may or may not be used when reviewing your interior design plans with an expert or producer. By recognizing, or merely maintaining record of all the terms listed below, you can bargain and also create with the most effective of them.

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Ambient: The environmental conditions in the room.

Ambient Lights: General lighting diffused within an entire room.

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

Ballast: A gadget that regulates the current in a fluorescent light.

Base Cabinets: Cabinets used on the flooring to supply kitchen counter support and also is typically 34 1/2 inches tall and also 24 inches deep.

Beveled Glass: Clear or mirrored glass in which the edge perimeter (usually 1" broad) has been cut at an angle to accomplish a contrasting visual effect. On clear glass, it creates an altered prism effect, and also on mirrored glass, it adds a reflective "shimmer".

Boilerplate: The standard conditions on an order or other document.

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

Case-Goods: Furniture constructed from tough materials such as wood, metal, glass or plastic. Instances of case-goods are breasts, tables, cabinets, shelfs and also cupboards.

Chair Rail: An item of decorative molding placed approximately 30" off the flooring to shield wall surfaces from being scraped by chair backs.

Chaise Longue or Lounge: A long, reduced upholstered sofa in the shape of a chair that is long sufficient to sustain the legs.

Traditional Crown Molding: Kind Of crown molding usually used to combination with extra moldings. Traditional crown is bigger and also has extra decorative profiles.

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

Clear Floor Space: An area that is without blockage. The term is typically used in cooking areas of the suggestions for clearances at a devices or work center.

Shade Rendition: An index of how light makes items show up.

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

Console Table: A lengthy slim table used for presenting decorative items, lighting, florals, etc. It's commonly placed in a foyer or behind a couch.

Contemporary: The style fundamental to today time. Frequently puzzled with "modern-day.".

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

Credenza: A large reduced cupboard, usually 30" -36" high with a flat top used for offering and also storage.

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

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

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

Feng Shui: Essentially translated as wind and also water. An old Chinese clinical method based upon selecting the optimum positioning, plan and also selection of items and also surface areas to encourage favorable energy or chi.

Fluorescent Lights: A type of lighting in which an electric charge is travelled through mercury vapor to create a chemical reaction that creates light. It uses far less energy and also creates less warmth than incandescent or halogen lighting, yet the light top quality and also color rendering capabilities are decreased.

Focal Point: A visual center of passion or factor of emphasis in a space.

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

Environment-friendly Style: A style, additionally described as a lasting design or eco-design, which complies with eco appear concepts of building, material and also energy use.

Halogen Lights: A type of lighting in which a tungsten filament is secured into a compact clear vessel and also loaded with a small amount of iodine or bromine to create a chemical reaction that creates light. The light from a halogen light bulb is much better at presenting colors than typical incandescent or fluorescent light bulbs.

Incandescent Lights: A type of lighting in which an electrical current is travelled through a slim filament, warming it to a temperature level that creates light. The enclosing glass light bulb contains either a vacuum cleaner or an inert gas to prevent oxidation of the filament. Incandescent light bulbs are economical and also create excellent all-natural light and also color makings, yet make use of more energy and also create more warmth than fluorescent light bulbs.

Knock-Down: Furniture that is offered unassembled or partly assembled.

Careless Susan: A corner cupboard in which the racks are mounted on an upright axle such that products may be fetched by pushing on the racks. This type is usually located in cooking areas. When pushed on the cupboard, "doors" disclose the racks, which are round except for the ninety-degree cutout where the doors are mounted.

Lumbar Cushion: A tiny rectangle-shaped cushion designed to sustain the lower back. You see these with elbow chairs and also sofas.

Mid-Century Modern: A decorative style very first popularized in the late 1940s identified by tidy lines, the use of modern-day materials such as plastic and also light weight aluminum, and also a smooth minimal profile.

Single: A color design developed around one hue, with several of its shades and also tints.

Mullion: The wood or metal divider panels used between the different panes of glass on multi-paned windows. Modern windows commonly include fake decorative mullions.

Footrest: An upholstered stool or hassock, designed to address the foot of a chair.

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

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

Picture Plane: The plane on which the picture is seen.

Picture Rail: A horizontal trim item set up high up on a wall surface as a way of hanging pictures without piercing the wall surface with nails.

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

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

R&R: Get Rid Of and also Replace. It's a term explaining a simple remodeling project that involves removing and also changing kitchen cabinetry, components and also home appliances without structural or mechanical adjustments.

Reclaim: To make use of an item again after its first use.

Substitute Variable: The percentage of time that a thing will certainly need replacement.

Jogger: A lengthy slim area rug designed to enter a corridor or entrance hall.

Range: The amount of the services and products to be offered as a job.

Service Access: A second, casual entry to the house, used for generating groceries and also products. It's commonly near to the kitchen, garage or carport.

Sofa: A lengthy wood or upholstered bench with a back, designed to seat 2 or more people.

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

Soffit: A lowered section of a ceiling.

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

Job Lights: A lights source guided to a specific purpose within a space. Checking out lights in a living-room or under-counter lighting in a kitchen are instances of job lighting.

Color: Any color blended with white (i.e. all light colors are tints).

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

Torchere: A floor light that directs light up to supply ambient room lighting.

Tufting: The furniture process of firmly collecting material over a padded base and also protecting the collected section to a taken care of backing making use of sewing or buttons. This process creates little quilts of material, referred to as "tufts".

Universal Style: The design of products and also atmospheres to be able to be used by all people to the greatest extent possible.

Valance: A decorative window treatment mounted across the top of a home window (outside the casing). They are usually combined with blinds, drape panels, or sheers.

Vanity: Shower room cupboard with the bathroom on the type.

Veneer: A thin layer of wood produced by peeling off the trunk of a tree on a roller to generate long sheets with a constant grain pattern. This layer is then applied to a strong or fiberboard backing to create a more consistent look.

Vintage: Furniture and also decorative components that are between 10 and also 100 years of ages. Elements are commonly located at flea markets, garage sales and also specialty "vintage" stores.

Wainscoting: Paneling on the lower 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 kitchen work centers.