Design Terms Used By Interior Designers

Design Terms Used By Interior Designers

When you’re an interior designer, you have to keep on top of the latest design trends. In addition, it’s important that you know all the terms used by other designers and industries. These definitions will help you sound like an expert in your field!


Air conditioning is a cooling system that removes heat from the air, and then pumps it outside. It can be installed in the window, or in the wall.

Air conditioning systems work by removing heat from inside your home and replacing it with cool air from outside your home. Air conditioners use electricity to run fans, compressors and other components that help remove hot air from your house while pushing in cooler external air through vents throughout your house’s walls.[1]


Acrylic is a synthetic polymer that’s used to make acrylic paint, fiberglass, and Plexiglas. In interior design, it’s most often seen as a finish for furniture and other objects. Acrylic can be applied in a variety of ways: with spray guns or brushes (for smaller surfaces), rollers (for larger ones), and even automated machines that apply it by dipping items into vats filled with liquid acrylic.

Acrylic has many benefits as an interior design material: it dries quickly; doesn’t shrink or warp when wet; remains flexible so it won’t crack over time; doesn’t require priming before painting on top of it; comes in many different colors; doesn’t fade from exposure to sunlight like oil-based paints do

Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest is a monthly magazine that covers architecture, interior design and landscape architecture. It was founded in 1920 by Beaumont Smith. The headquarters for Architectural Digest is located in Los Angeles, California where it has a circulation of 1.5 million copies per month.


The architrave is the name for the horizontal band of molding that sits at the bottom of a classical entablature. It is often made from wood, but can be made from other materials as well.

The term “architrave” comes from two Greek words: “archi” meaning chief or principal and “trapeza” meaning table. So an architrave is literally just a chief or principal table.


An armoire is a piece of furniture that can be used to store clothing and accessories. It can also be used as a dressing table or chest of drawers, depending on its size and design. Armoires are often used to store linens, blankets, and other household items such as towels or toiletries. If you have an armoire in your bedroom or living room it may be helpful to use it as a room divider by placing it against one wall so that it divides the space into two areas: one for sleeping/relaxing on the bed; another area where you can sit down comfortably while watching TV or reading books (or perhaps doing work).

Art Deco

Art Deco is a style of decoration that emerged in the 1920s. It’s a fusion of modernism, classicism and art nouveau. The term “Art Deco” originated from France when it was used to describe the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes held in Paris during 1925 and 1926.

There are many examples of Art Deco architecture in New York City such as Radio City Music Hall and Rockefeller Center which were built during this period.

Even designers need a refresher course every now and then, especially if you’re in the field of interior design. Get some help with these definitions so that you can sound like an expert.

  • A/C: Air conditioning. If you’re looking to cool off, this is your go-to term.
  • Acrylic: A type of plastic that can be used to create furniture and other items, such as window treatments or rugs.
  • Architectural Digest: A magazine that focuses on interior design and architecture; often used as a reference point for designers when they’re creating new designs for clients’ homes or offices.
  • Architrave: The horizontal molding above an archway or doorway; it’s often carved into an ornate pattern that makes it stand out from other parts of the structure’s exterior facade design elements like columns or pilasters (which are vertical columns).
  • Armoire: An enclosed storage unit with doors on both sides; usually has shelves inside so you can store clothes vertically rather than horizontally like regular closets do.* Art Deco: An artistic movement from 1920s Parisian culture where artists explored geometric shapes using bold colors in their paintings.*

As you can see, there are many terms used by interior designers. It’s important to know what they mean so that you can sound like an expert. Remember that knowledge is power and if you want to be successful at anything in life, then you need as much power as possible!

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