Working on any new interior design is fun and exciting, the concept of creating a working space from scratch is a fulfilling one and who doesn’t love a good project to get stuck into? You will likely not be working on the room or property alone, there will probably be a team of people who help to make the designs become reality. If this is your first experience of interior decor, there will be lots of new terms and phrases that you hear crop up over and over again so we have pulled together our very own list of words we think you might hear including definitions so that you can keep up with those who have been in the game for a little while longer.
Hygge – An abstract Danish concept that is about more than just interior design but also a way of life. In short, Hygge explains a feeling of cosiness and relaxation often associated with activities such as curling up in front of the fire with a good book or cooking hearty homemade family favourite foods for example. There is no literal translation into English but is a general feeling of well being.
Focal Point – An item or specific part in a room that draws the eye as you enter. It can be for example a feature wall with patterned wallpaper, an ornate fireplace or a dining table with hanging lights. It usually is the point of interest in a room.
Layered – In order to create depth a designer might talk about creating layers which will add extra textures, colours and interest. An example of this might be layering up a sofa with coloured cushions and knitted throws to make it look more cosy and inviting.
Tailored – In basic terms, tailoring means to fit something precisely to something else. This can be used in terms of furnishings or carpet for example. It might be used particularly if you are working on a space that is an unusual shape for example if you have a triangular window frame you might want to add a tailored window seat to fit the gap.
Contemporary – Another word for modern, meaning “of the moment”, if you are decorating a space in a contemporary style then you are picking up on the most current trends and using them as your inspiration.
Parquet – A flooring pattern made up of various different blocks of wood, the most common being herringbone style.
Vintage – Originally a winemaking term, but it is now often used in all manners of conversation including fashion and interior design. Specifically something is said to be vintage if it is 20 years or older.
Antique – Similar to vintage in that it refers to items or objects that are not modern but to be classed as antique they should be at least 100 years old.
Eclectic – This term means to bring together a number of different styles to create something that is unique, a room for example that combines modern furnishings with bohemian flooring can be said to have an eclectic mix of themes.
Hue – An alternative word for colour
Laminate – A type of veneer often used on floorings or counter tops that is decorative, sometimes in a wooden pattern.
Colour rendition – A way of describing how light can make an object or material appear different. For example in a room flooded with natural light a shade of maroon can look somewhat brighter than it would under soft lamp lighting.
Monochrome – Refers to a colour palette that is based around various shades of just the one colour. Often used as a base for interior design upon which to build up over the top.
Reclaim – Most often a term used in reference to furniture meaning to reuse a product again after it’s initial use. A piece of furniture can be reclaimed yourself using DIY or you can buy reclaimed goods from homeware stores that have been professionally restored.
Runner – A long narrow rug often used in hallways to decorate or provide flooring protection in areas with high footfall.
Sub-flooring – The foundation of a floor in a building, used to lay the finished floor on top of.