accent colors - contrast colors used to spice up room color schemes.
Adhesion:The ability of dry paint to remain on the surface without blistering, flaking or cracking.
Adhesion is probably the single most important property of paint. Wet adhesion, the ability of dry paint to adhere to the
surface in spite of wet conditions, is particularly important for exterior house paints.
antique finish - a paint of stain finish applied to an object and the wiped away to give an
Antiquating.Artificially ageing a painted surface.
Architrave. Door frame surround, normally ornamental. Also known as trim.
Arris. The external edge of two surfaces,especially wood and panel-doors.
Art Deco.A design movement in the nineteen twenties and thirties characterised by rectilinear
lines, geometrics, the stepped profile, lots of black gloss and mirrors, and stylised images of cars, skyscrapers and aeroplanes.
It was chiefly influenced by the glamour of early Hollywood, Modernism, and Cubism.
Art Nouveau.A European design movement that started in the late 1800s. It is characterised
by the whiplash line, with designs featuring sinuous curves of flowers and other images drawn from nature.
chair rail - a piece of molding placed about thirty inches above the floor to protect the wall
from being marred by chair backs
color scheme - a combination of colors designated for use through out a room or house
Color Scheme Guide - an essential tool used in the design/decor process which defines the style
and color flow of your home - a collage of real samples assembled for clients viewing
colorwashing - very thin, almost transparent layers of emulsion glaze giving an effect of translucent
colorway - a term used by professional interior decorators to describe a color combination
cornice - a shallow, box-like structure, usually made of wood, fastened across the top of a
window to conceal the drapery hardware
distressing - deliberate aging and weathering techniques to give character to woodwork, paintwork
dragging - a paint effect producing fine stripes in the surface, created by dragging a dry
brush or stiff comb through the glaze
eclectic - to choose from various sources; not following any one system, but selecting from and using the best components
of several styles
eggshell - oil-based paint with a low-sheen satin finish
faux - French word for fake
finial - the decorative ornament at the top of an object or on ends of curtain rods
Georgian - the period in eighteenth-century and early nineteenth-century England related to the reigns of the first four
Georges; popular styles include Adam, Chippendale, Hepplewhite, and Sheraton
glaze - thin coats of transparent or semi-transparent paint which can be layered or used to
provide a top surface for a paint effect
hue - a color, such as red, yellow, blue, or green
lambrequin - a cornice that completely frames the window; sometimes used interchangeably with
valance or cantonniere
lining paper - a special wallpaper that is used as a base for the decorative paper; the lining
paper is often used to cover cracks and other irregularities in the wall
marbleizing - decorating painting of a surface to resemble marble
molding - decorative strips of wood used to conceal joints and give a more decorative finished
monochrome - a color scheme composed of tints and shades in a single hue
mullion - the vertical wood or masonry sections between a series of window frames
Neoclassicism - an eighteenth-century stylistic movement based on Greek and Roman art and architecture; the English Adam style
and French Louis XVI are examples of the neoclassic style
neutral - a color, such as white, black, gray, or tan, that blends well with other colors
niche - a recess in a wall often used to display sculpture
pastel - a light, pale tint of color
patina - the mellow, timeworn look of a surface
pattern repeat - the "repeat" of a pattern is the distance between any given point in a design
to where that exact point is repeated again
pickling - a furniture finish created by painting a piece, then wiping away most of the paint
before it has dried, leaving some paint in the cracks and corners
primary colors - three colors - red, yellow, and blue - from which all the others colors originate
Queen Anne - English decorative style during the reign of Queen Anne (early seventeen hundreds) typified by furniture
with curved backs and legs, and Chinese-inspired claw-and ball feet and lacquer work
ragging off / ragging on - paint effects using a scrunched-up cotton or leather rag to create a textural pattern on a paint
receding colors - colors that make a wall or surface appear to be further away than it actually
is - usually pale colors, especially from the "cooler" end of the spectrum, such as blues, greys, and blue-greens
scale - the relationship of an object to another object; the relationship of the size of a
drawing to the size of the actual object
sconce - a wall-mounted light fixture
secondary color - color produced by mixing two of the primary colors; orange, green, and violent
are the secondary colors
spattering - spraying droplets of diluted emulsion on to a painted surface by flicking the
bristles of the brush, which creates a speckled granite-style finish, more modern-looking that most paint effects
stenciling - patterns created by masking area of a surface and applying color to the exposed
style - the decorative design of an object or room
symmetrical - formal, mirror-image balance
tertiary color - color made by the mixing of two secondary colors
trompe l’oeil - painting done on a flat surface to resemble a realistic, three-dimensional
value - the lightness or darkness of a color
verdigris - a greenish blue patina that forms on copper, brass, or bronze surfaces
Victorian - the English decorative style during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901) characterized
by luxurious velvets and brocades, both on upholstered pieces and on walls
wainscot - paneling; often used to refer to the lower part of an interior wall when finished differently from the remainder
of the wall.