The Top Interior Design Words You Really Need to Know


By Kelsey Kloss and Monique Valeris, ELLE DECOR

We've all been there before. You're engaged in a conversation and a term comes up that's left you completely clueless. For that reason, we checked in with interior designers to find out the top industry terms that are worth knowing. Read on for their explanation of designer jargon and consider making use of these words the next time you find yourself in a design chat.



The tufted bench with its bold, colorful upholstered seat and exaggerated, curved legs, was a bespoke creation to reflect her style and personality.



The eclectic room is a magical, mystical alchemy of marrying different periods, styles, textures and colors to achieve a warm, collected feel that is elegant, timeless, very unique and personal.



The inspired home works cohesively as a whole, rather than through a piece-meal approach of finding one element here and another there. It's achieved by conscientiously blending in color, form and function throughout the space, taking into consideration how each element works together holistically.



Hygge is like the only blissful part of winter; the feeling you get from that first sip of hot cocoa while being snuggled under a blanket by a fireplace. It’s a space that provides warmth, relaxation, coziness, and homey-ness despite the season.



Feng shui is mindfulness of place, noticing all the details in your environment with gratitude and care. When we are present for every moment, we can see the beauty and magic in our spaces and in everyday life.



A mix of timeless beauty and grace, the refined space never goes out of style.



Exhausted from stuffy rooms with an artificial air, the homeowner sought to create an honest style in her Santa Monica bungalow, with a relaxed sense of breezy beach living.



The layered bedroom featured a sheepskin rug underfoot, velvet throw blankets for the bed, colorful wool pillow shams and striking contemporary art that tied the many different textures and patterns together.



It wasn't just any midday tea party - the luncheon hosted by the renowned hostess was an elevated affair with crumpets by a famous pastry chef, tea from the highest-quality leaves and fine china designed by skilled artisans.



The newly-designed home featured a chic bedroom, a chic bathroom, chic pillows, chic rugs and chic pencil holders.



There seemed to be no rules in the artistic bathroom, which included artwork scribbled on the mirrors and a collage of mismatched feathers on the walls.



The tailored living room's crisp, white furniture had been passed down through three generations, and echoed the room's neat baseboards and moldings.



The world traveler's living room took more of a collected approach than her minimalist bathroom, with souvenirs and artworks from visits to the savannas of Africa and the snowy villages of the Alps .



While the home's kitchen was decidedly French Country, the dining room's style was still evolving.



The room was well edited, with every piece of furniture having a distinct purpose and meaning.



The well-appointed furnishings in the bedroom were handmade by Spanish artisans in Valencia, lending to the room's Mediterranean aesthetic.



The nature-loving homeowner created an aspirational living room to blend the outdoors with the indoors, complete with an extended patio, lush plants and furniture that could easily be moved from the indoors to the outdoors.



The whimsical child's room was centered around a vintage carousel horse, which beckoned its resident into her fantasy playground.



The author's dining room table revealed a contrived patina from years of writing, working and eating on it, giving it a charming "lived-in" appeal.



The moody tablescape featured a palette of deep jewel tones with black accents, and a dark plum velvet table runner.



With the homeowner's approval, an interior designer reimagined the historic building, turning it into a luxe modern home with cutting edge appliances and features.



Her design preference was one of clean, minimalistic style, with uncluttered lines and textures.



The faux-fur chair was certainly an unexpected choice for the dining room, but the designer recommended it for its conversational nature.



The parlor featured timeless design with functional style and simple sophistication-ignoring the frills and fussiness of the time's trending style.



To celebrate the family's ancestry, the curated living room incorporated 19th-century furniture and art, from an antique settee to a reproduction of Monet.



The textured room invited visitors to both touch and see it, with textures ranging from sheepskin to leather and artwork ranging from watercolor paintings to bronze sculptures.

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