Interior Design Buzzwords: Part Two

Interior Design is a field rifle with buzzwords! Some are pretty simple to figure out while others have us squinting with confusion. In order to get you on your way to fluency, we’ve compiled a list of some of the top industry terms that are worth knowing. With our buzzword guide, you’ll confidently enjoy reading about the interior design world!


Tip 1 IconRefined

Refined means developed or improved so as to be precise or subtle. To put this into context, it is having many design options at your fingertips but selecting just those few that complement each other. It’s a term that you may see associated with luxury interiors as the balance of harmony, colour and scale is ever so carefully formed. A refined space features a balance of elements that work seamlessly together.


Tip 2 IconMoody

Moody describes a style that is usually dark with layers of texture. Moody interior design is a style that explores a deep and saturated colour palette with richness of depth and character. Colours within this style of interior are usually black, dark grey or dark blue which conveys romantic, serene and mysterious auras. Rooms with these auras have distinctive qualities, featuring a combination of dark and light colours and prints with more of an emphasis on the darker elements. Incorporating walls, floors, furniture and accessories, a moody interior can appear chillingly beautiful and alluring.


Dark walls and doors are particularly striking in spacious, light-filled apartments. To maintain a cohesive depth to the walls, interior designers may choose black door handles and hinges to seamlessly blend in with the colour palette. Alternatively, doors may be embellished with eye catching door furniture to inject some discontinuity and break up the aesthetic of darkness.


Tip 3 IconTimeless

This design style strays away from trends that come and go to avoid quickly dating. The objective for choosing a timeless interior is that it won’t go out of fashion, meaning that you’ll avoid hefty costs of keeping up with trends by maintaining a stylish and tasteful interior design for years to come. Neutral colours are a key element in this design style with secondary colours added via interchangeable accessories and decorative items.


Timeless is synonymous with luxury with focus on elegance and sophistication. Duo chrome door handles on rose are a timeless option for interior designers as they offer practical and functional qualities while appearing simple and attractive with any colour palette. Featuring a duo effect of mirrored polished and brushed chrome, these door handles resist finger print marks, ideally low maintenance for homeowners with busy lifestyles!



Tip 4 IconChic

Simply put, this means “Trust me, you’ll like it”. Used as either an adjective or a noun, ‘Chic’ can be defined as elegant, fashionable and trendy. Chic interior design is all about arranging the right colours, patterns and furniture in a specific, distinctive and unique order and taste. This sounds like the foundation of every interior design trend… and that’s exactly what it is. Chic can be used to describe practically any style with a casual, understated look that is still cool, fresh, updated and modern.


Tip 5 IconCollected

A collected internal space is filled with one-of-a-kind, treasured pieces acquired over time having evolved naturally and gradually. Collected interiors feature items that tell a story about your personality, interests and experiences.


A collected décor is unique to an individual and cannot be replicated by anyone else as items simply cease to exist on trendy retailer websites. A collected look might include unique, hand-made furnishings, artworks or accessories purchased from a market stall during a travelling experience to Marrakesh. Or, it may include significant pieces passed down from generations of family members.


The key to nailing this trend is to be consistent with the items that are paired together. Interior designers advise that homeowners complement various pieces by paying attention to the shape, texture, scale, colour and visual balance of each item. Failing this observation can cause a living space to look cluttered, making the homeowner seem like a hoarder!


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