5 Design Terms Explained

July 25, 2016

5 Design Terms Explained || Town Lifestyle + Design || Today Im explains 5 common Design terms many home owners may not know the meaning of in the Design world.

Hey Y’all! Happy Monday! So I’ve been thinking a lot about where and how I can make my posts most effective for you. I feel like many of you come here to see great design and learn design tips + tricks, which is the whole reason I started the blog in the first place. I do have a Lifestyle and Recipes category because those are areas I enjoy but I realize it is not for everyone, so I will only be writing those posts on occasion now. I thought I would start this new focus on something very basic: DESIGN TERMS. Going to design school and constantly talking to vendors or other designers in the industry we forget sometimes that we have a language of our own and not every client knows what certain details or styles are called.

Im sharing 5 common Design Terms I have came across lately that most people know the what the piece or detail is, but not what is referred to in the design world. I used The Fairchild Dictionary of Interior Design (a book I received in Design School) for these definitions.

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ARMOIRE:

A French word for a large, movable clothes wardrobe or closet, originally one used to store armor. Usually an important case piece of furniture.

5 Design Terms Explained || Town Lifestyle + Design || Today Im explains 5 common Design terms many home owners may not know the meaning of in the Design world.

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BANQUETTE:

The French term for an upholstered bench.

5 Design Terms Explained || Town Lifestyle + Design || Today Im explains 5 common Design terms many home owners may not know the meaning of in the Design world.

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PARQUET:

An inlaid wood floor, or a mosaic wood floor with a design created by strips of wood laid out in a definite pattern. Sometimes different colored woods are used.

5 Design Terms Explained || Town Lifestyle + Design || Today Im explains 5 common Design terms many home owners may not know the meaning of in the Design world.

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SLIPPER CHAIR:

Any short-legged chair with a very low seat. The seat is usually only 12″ to 14″ off the ground. A regular seat height is about 18″.

5 Design Terms Explained || Town Lifestyle + Design || Today Im explains 5 common Design terms many home owners may not know the meaning of in the Design world.

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WAINSCOT:

A wooded lining applied as paneling to interior walls. May or may not continue up to the ceiling. Made up of stiles and rails which form frames for large or small panels. The name refers to a superior grade of oak, close-grained and without knotholes, originally used before the Tudor period in England.

5 Design Terms Explained || Town Lifestyle + Design || Today Im explains 5 common Design terms many home owners may not know the meaning of in the Design world.

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