Interior Design is a profession like any other that incorporates its' own terminology and jargon. Ensileta is happy to provide a list of industry vocabulary to help its' clients and the public better understand our services, design options, and the profession as a whole.
General Decorating Terms :
Accessible or Universal Design:
Design for both interiors and exteriors that meets prescribed requirements for the majority of people, including those with disabilities. Door width, open space for wheelchair mobility, counter heights, audible and visual signals, switch and outlet height and other aspects are outlined by law and guidelines.
Accessories : Decorative items used to add detail to a room, such as vases, books, toss pillows, plants and art.
Alcove : A recessed part of the room, such as a sleeping alcove or a reading alcove.
Asymmetrical : An arrangement of elements that presents themselves off-center to one another, balanced but uneven.
Balance : An arrangement of elements that presents themselves in an equally distributed arrangement to one another.
Backsplash : Protection for the wall behind a counter top, stove or sink.
Common Thread or Golden Thread : A common color, theme or style used throughout a space that ties everything together.
DIY : Stands for "do it yourself".
Floor Plan : A drawing, generally to scale, that depicts the horizontal design or arrangement of interior walls, windows and furnishings.
Focal Point : A visual center of interest or point of emphasis in a room that draws the eye, such as a fireplace, a painting, or a piece of furniture.
Motif : The primary idea or shape used in a piece of art, furniture or architecture.
Niche : A recess in a wall that often times is used to display accessories.
Pattern : A natural or artistic decorative design.
Pattern Repeat : The distance between a specific point in a design where that exact point is again repeated.
Personal Style : The expression of your personality, preferences, tastes and lifestyle reflected in the decor of your space.
Scale : The proportion or size of a piece of furniture, art or accessory in relation to the rest of the room.
Slipcover : A fitted cover for a piece of furnture that can be removed.
Style : The decorative design of a room, piece of furniture or object.
Wainscot : Paneling used on the lower half of an interior wall.