Design Glossary

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accent light

Accent lighting focuses light on a particular area or object. It is often used to highlight art or other artifacts. Common types of accent lights include wall sconces, floodlights, recessed lights, torchère lamps, or track lighting. The brighter light from the accent lamp creates visual interest to a room.


a group of things that can be added to a room or space in order to make it more useful, versatile, or attractive

a thing that can be added to something else in order to make it more useful, versatile, or attractive.
"a range of bathroom accessories"
ambient light

Ambient light is any kind of pre-existing light or the light that exists in a scene. Also referred to as “natural light” or “existing light,” ambient light can be the found light inside a home, a restaurant or concert hall, or a bright, sunny day, a deep foggy day, a city at night...


All items that exists within or over 100 years (items, buildings, furniture)


a pattern with multiple interlaced flowers, foliage, fruits, urns, and scrolls, often symmetric plaster castings adhered to wood doors and framed wall panels


a person who designs buildings and in many cases also supervises their construction


a large cabinet or wardrobe; can be converted to entertainment or computer center


a sharp edge formed by the meeting of two flat or curved surfaces

artificial lighting

Any light that does not come from the sun is considered artificial lighting.

adjective: bespoke


(of goods, especially clothing) made to order.
"a bespoke suit"


(of a trader) creating made-to-order goods.
"bespoke tailors"
Capiz Shell

The windowpane oyster (Placuna placenta) is a bivalve marine mollusk in the family of Placunidae. Value for the shells and pearls. The shells have been used for thousands of years as a glass substitute because of their durability and translucence. More recently they have been used in the manufacture of decorative items like chandeliers and lampshades. In this use the shell is known as capiz. Shells are also used as raw materials for glue, chalk, and varnish.


a style in art (as in decoration) reflecting Chinese qualities or motifs; also :  an object or decoration in this style.

color intensity

Color Intensity is used to describe the brightness and purity of a color. When a hue is strong and bright, it is said to be high in intensity. When a color is faint, dull and gray, it is said to be low in intensity. When describing a hue, value refers to its lightness or darkness.

color value

color value refers to the lightness or darkness of a color. It indicates the quantity of light reflected. When referring to pigments, dark values with black added are called “shades” of the given hue name. Light values with white pigment added are called “tints” of the hue name.

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