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Interior Design Terms Study Guide

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Updated on Jul 15, 2011

Practice exercises for this study guide can be found at:

Interior Design Terms Practice Exercises

Is it time to update your kitchen? Want your bedroom to have an entirely different theme? It might be time to consult an interior designer, or at least get a few books on the subject for do-it-yourself projects.

The terms in today's lesson are all about the world of interior design. You may have heard them thrown around on television, in discussions between your parents, or even from a friend who's learning to create blueprints. By learning the terms, you can follow the conversations and, in the process, maybe even come up with a few ideas for what you'd like to do with your own room!

DEFINITIONS

  • alcove   a recessed area in a room
  • ambient   typically used in reference to lighting, it means light that provides general illumination in a room rather than to specific areas
  • armoire   a large, tall French cabinet that typically has one or two doors and adjustable shelves instead of drawers, usually used as a wardrobe for storing clothing or linens, as well as computers or entertainment equipment
  • bolster   a cylindrical stuffed pillow
  • chifferobe   a combination of a wardrobe and a bureau
  • cornice   a decorative box attached directly to the wall or molding above a window opening to conceal the curtain fixtures
  • damask   a heavy fabric of linen, cotton, silk, or rayon
  • duvet   a French term for a blanket; in this country, usually a removable cover for a down-filled comforter
  • ergonomics   the science of designing and arranging things so that people interact safely and efficiently with them
  • étagère   a piece of furniture with a set of open shelves used for displaying knickknacks or small breakables; sometimes includes lighting and/or a mirror
  • facade   the face or front exterior of a building given special architectural treatment
  • feng shui   translated as wind-water, an ancient Chinese technique of designing interiors to maximize comfort, harmony, and balance in order to achieve health and prosperity
  • finial   decorative hardware, wood, or metal ornament on the end of drapery rods, newel posts, furnishings, and woodwork
  • lacquer   a hard, protective high-sheen varnish often applied as a top coat to furniture
  • niche   a display shelf, seating area, or other small area recessed into the wall
  • patina   a luster or sheen that develops on an object's surface with use, wear, or oxidation over time
  • settee   a long seat or bench with a back and arms that can seat at least two people
  • tapestry   a highly decorative fabric with a woven design, often used as upholstery
  • torchiere   a type of standing floor lamp with a reflector shade that throws indirect light upward toward the ceiling
  • valance   a shallow, ornamental drapery treatment hung at the heading of a window or canopy to conceal the hardware behind it
  • wainscoting   an application of wood paneling up to the middle or lower half of a wall

Practice exercises for this study guide can be found at:

Interior Design Terms Practice Exercises

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