If we are honest, we’ve all been there – you are engaged in conversation with someone and they thrown in some industry related jargon that has you grappling to understand what they are talking about.
And as designers, we are often guilty of rattling off terms that we use so often, we forget that not everyone is au fait with all the “designer talk”.
So today we’re looking at a few terms that are worth knowing. While they may not be considered technical terms, hopefully this will help your understanding of what is being communicated to you.
Bespoke = something that is custom made, especially for you.
Eclectic = a combination of different design styles working together in a unique way. Typically you’ll find this combination unexpected and surprising.
Refined = a mix of classical elements and timeless elegance, while using a pared back approach and selecting just a few design options that compliment each other.
Layered = building interest in a space by using different textures, materials and patterns.
Elevated = something that’s taken to the next level in design terms.
Tailored = something classic with clean lines and is not fussy.
Evolving = if a space is still evolving, that means we’ll decide later.
Collected = describes a space that is filled with unique items that have been acquired over time and creates depth.
Edited = well thought out and organised. Minimal without feeling cold or without personality.
Contrived patina = character markings on a surface.
Moody = a style that is usually dark and layered with many different textures.
Re-imagined = a space that has been completely reinterpreted or repurposed, typically very differently to all original ideas.
Clean = a linear, uncluttered style with no frills.
Timeless = a design style that stays away from anything that is perceived as a short lasting trend or quickly dated.
Curated = Design that incorporates distinct style with a point of view; drawing from history.
Juxtaposition = the fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect.
Reference article via Elle Decor