Contrasting colors used alongside the main colors (such as wall color, flooring, etc.) to enhance room color schemes. Accent colors may be found in decorative pillows, window treatments, draperies, accent furniture such as statement chairs, rugs, art and other accessories.
Also known as: accents, feature items, accent accessories, pop of color
Interior designs and exterior features that make homes and buildings accessible for people with disabilities. Accessible design guidelines and laws include modifications to standard dimensions for door widths, sink height, wheelchair mobility, countertop height, bathroom fixture heights, walk-in and sitting bathtubs, light switch and outlet height, and more.
Also known as: wheelchair accessible home design, accessible home design, accessibility features
Accessories are decorative and functional objects including rugs, books, plants, vases, lamps, candles, and other decorative pieces that add visual interest and mulch-dimensional interest to rooms.
Also known as: décor, decorations, visual interest pieces
Art deco is a streamlined, geometric style of buildings, home furnishings and architectural pieces that were first popular in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Characteristics of art deco style include rounded fronts, wood furniture with chrome hardware and glass tops. Gold features and inlays, chandeliers, and other rich-looking features are also popular.
Also known as: 1920s style, geometric décor
Art nouveau style first became popular in 1880 and lasted until about 1910. Art nouveau was the first 20th century modern design style. It incorporates nature and the natural world as inspiration.
Also known as: art nouveau style
arts & crafts
Arts and crafts was a popular design style from the late 180’s through the 1920s. The arts and crafts movement included simple design and was a reaction against mass-produced, ornate Victorian furniture that had been popular around that time.
Also known as: mission style
Asian interior design styles use colors, styles, lines, materials and finishes popular in and derived from countries of the East.
Also known as: Japanese style, Asian style, Chinese style, zen style, Indonesian design
The arrangement of objects around a center feature, or arranging furniture and other objects in the room to create a balanced, even feeling in the room or home.
Also known as: balanced design
Bohemian design captures a carefree and experimental feeling. It features vibrant colors, especially red and purple tones. It also is common to have layers, interesting materials, a variety of textures and an unkempt, messy, comfortable feeling.
Also known as: boho, bohemian style, free style, layered style, hippie design
customer’s own material
Customers who want to provide their own furniture, decorations and material may ask that a designer use existing material or allow the client to provide certain items used in a design. Interior designers often designate this as “customer’s own material” or “COM” on the estimate for service and in line item areas to indicate that the customers will provide the items. This may lower the cost of designs, especially if furniture or large items are already in the home, but it may make the designer’s job harder if they need to use existing materials rather than choose new items that exactly match their vision and the design they’ve created.
Also known as: COM, customer’s own materials, client’s own materials, client provided materials
Design style featuring simple lines, curves and geometric patterns. Contemporary designs became popular in the 1950s and early 1960s. The style now reflects contemporary design, but still includes clean lines, gentle curves and a fresh feel.
Also known as: contemporary designs, contemporary design, mid-century contemporary
cost plus percentage mark-up
Cost plus percentage mark-up is a way to charge design fees that enable an interior design firm to add set percentage to the cost of the merchandise purchases.
Also known as: cost plus markup, total plus mark up percentage
A style of design that is warm, relaxing, and coastal in nature. Cottage style us a nautical look that reflects a New England beach-side cottage lifestyle. White, blue, and sand colors are usually used. Seashells, clear jars, unfinished wood, jute and rope are traditional decorative accents.
Also known as: coastal, nautical decor
Describes in detail all materials, workmanship, manufacturing methods, and method of installation of all goods and items in a new interior design.
Also known as: installation description, line-item specifications, job specs
Feng Shui literally translates to “wind and water,” and reflects the Chinese system of balancing energy patterns of the physical environment. In modern design, Feng Shui includes specific placement of furniture and large pieces to create a flow through the room.
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French interior design is a classical style. It can be sophisticated, elegant, opulent, or dramatic. It often includes shades of white and cream, lavender, comfortable seating, and large furniture pieces.
Also known as: French interiors, modern French interior design, classical French design
Furnishings is a term for all items in a room, including accessories, cabinets, furniture, window treatments, lighting, upholstery, etc.
Also known as: furniture, accessories, room furnishings
The positioning and arrangement of furniture and large accessories are included in the furniture layout of a room.
Also known as: furniture placement, room layout
Industrial modern rooms have a turn-of-the-century industrial era look. The style frequently features raw steel, exposed brick, rustic wood, unfinished wood and stone, copper and other rough-hewn metal and other industrial elements.
Also known as: industrial design, industrial interior designs
Interior design is the creation or recreation of design inside a home, business, office or other building or facility that takes into account the needs of residents and technical solutions to create a functional, attractive space.
Also known as: design, home design, kitchen designs, bedroom interior design, living room interior design,
Scandinavian interior design
Scandinavian design is a populist, minimalist look that stemmed from mid-century modern. It features furniture and accessories with gentle contours, soft lines and warm colors.
Also known as: Scandinavian design, IKEA design, Nordic design
schematic design phase
This phase of design involves preliminary designs that set the course for all future plans and specifications that guide the whole job.
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shabby chic design
Shabby chic interior design looks like a cross between bohemian and rustic French country. It employs wooden furniture, often with some paint or color peeled off or missing to expose underlying wood. Accents are light colored, eclectic and comfortable.
Also known as: vintage, shabby interior design, French country design
A final inspection of a completed job to ensure that everything ordered is present, all work has been done to the client’s wishes, and to address any omissions or problems. A walk-through is normally done with the client and the interior designer, and may include a review of the original checklist of items to be done and the final invoice.
Also known as: final walk-through, job walk-through, room walk through
A weight-bearing wall is one that cannot be removed or moved without sacrificing the structural integrity of the home or building. A weight-bearing wall is one that the joists or roof rest upon.
Also known as: load-bearing wall
Zen interior design
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An offshoot of Asian interior design, Zen designs are therapeutic and refreshing. They use natural elements such as wood and stone, feature low or ground-level furnishings, and ample open space.