48 terms to know if you want to express your passion for home decoration and architecture

Interior design is a creative and exciting industry that involves designing spaces to be functional, aesthetically pleasing, and comfortable for their occupants. Whether you're starting an interior design business or working in the industry, it's important to have a good understanding of the terminology used. Here is a glossary of 50 terms that you may come across in the interior design business.

  1. Asymmetry – a lack of symmetry in the design.

  2. Balance – the visual equilibrium in the design.

  3. Color palette – a predetermined range of colors used in a design.

  4. Contrast – the difference between two elements in the design.

  5. Depth – the visual distance between two or more design elements.

  6. Focal point – the primary point of interest in the design.

  7. Flow – the visual continuity and movement in a design.

  8. Form – the three-dimensional shape and structure of the design.

  9. Harmony – the overall coherence and unity in a design.

  10. Line – the visual path created by a design element.

  11. Mass – the weight and volume of a design element.

  12. Mood – the emotional tone or feeling created by the design.

  13. Pattern – the repetition of design elements.

  14. Proportion – the relationship between different design elements.

  15. Rhythm – the visual beat and tempo in a design.

  16. Scale – the relative size of a design element.

  17. Shape – the two-dimensional outline of a design element.

  18. Space – the physical area within and around the design.

  19. Texture – the tactile quality of a design element.

  20. Unity – the visual harmony and coherence of the design.

  21. Balance point – the point at which the design is balanced.

  22. Complementary colors – colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel.

  23. Analogous colors – colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel.

  24. Monochromatic colors – a color scheme based on a single hue.

  25. Cool colors – colors that evoke a sense of calmness and relaxation.

  26. Warm colors – colors that evoke a sense of energy and excitement.

  27. Neutral colors – colors that are not on the color wheel.

  28. Hue – the specific color of the design element.

  29. Saturation – the intensity of the color.

  30. Value – the lightness or darkness of the color.

  31. Accent – a design element that draws attention to itself.

  32. Ambient lighting – general lighting that illuminates the entire space.

  33. Task lighting – lighting that is specifically designed for a particular task.

  34. Mood lighting – lighting that creates a particular atmosphere or feeling.

  35. Layered lighting – the use of multiple lighting sources to create a variety of lighting effects.

  36. Natural lighting – lighting that comes from the sun or sky.

  37. Artificial lighting – lighting that is created using lamps or fixtures.

  38. Balance of trade – the relationship between imports and exports.

  39. Color rendering index – a measure of how well a light source renders colors.

  40. Incandescent lighting – lighting that uses a filament to produce light.

  41. Fluorescent lighting – lighting that uses a gas to produce light.

  42. LED lighting – lighting that uses light-emitting diodes to produce light.

  43. Sustainable design – design that is environmentally friendly.

  44. Universal design – design that is accessible to people with disabilities.

  45. Ergonomics – the study of how people interact with their environment.

  46. Traffic flow – the movement of people through a space.

  47. Space planning – the process of organizing and arranging spaces.

  48. Mood board – a collection of images, materials, and colors used to communicate the design

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