Decorating Dictionary: Lacquer

Decorating Dictionary: Lacquer

What is the definition of Lacquer?

Have you ever heard someone mention the term “lacquer” or a “lacquered finish” and wondered what on earth it meant? Well, now you have to wonder no longer – we will define lacquer for you! Here is the latest addition to our Decorating Dictionary

Lacquer: is a clear or coloured hard-wearing furniture coating with an intense high-gloss finish. The word “lacquer” borrows its name from the lac insect whose shellac-rich resinous secretions (think nail polish) were often used as a wood finish in ancient India. Lacquerwork is also synonymous with the ancient East Asians who used the sap of the Chinese lacquer tree to achieve a durable, shiny glaze. Today lac-based finishes are likely to be referred to as shellac, while lacquer is comprised of more synthetic substances.

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Decorating Dictionary: Define Flat Pack Furniture

Decorating Dictionary: Flat Pack Furniture

What is the definition of Flat Pack Furniture?

Have you ever heard someone mention the term “flat pack” or “knock-down” furniture and wondered what on earth it meant? Well, now you have to wonder no longer – we will define flat pack furniture for you! Here is the latest addition to our Decorating Dictionary

Flat Pack Furniture: (also known as ready-to-assemble [RTA], knock-down [KD], or kit furniture) is a type of furniture that is sold in dismantled pieces and requires assembly by the customer. These pieces are “flat” packed into a box for easy transportation and come with assembly instructions and the basic tools. Flat pack furniture has become increasingly popular (think IKEA) and, because of this efficient and space-friendly design, it is often more affordable than its bulky counterparts.

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Decorating Dictionary - Define Hygge

Decorating Dictionary: Hygge

What is the definition of Hygge?

Have you ever heard someone mention the term “Hygge” and wondered what on earth it meant? Well, now you have to wonder no longer – we will define Hygge for you! Here is the latest addition to our Decorating Dictionary

Hygge: (pronounced “hoo-ga”) is a Danish term, or rather philosophy, that refers to a sense of cosiness, comfort, hospitality, and a general feeling of contentment, happiness, and well-being. Hygge, which can be used as both a noun and a verb, is a cultural ideal and can be closely linked to social togetherness.  The term is also widely used in Norwegian and is fast becoming a global expression. In view of its unique and relatable meaning, the interiors industry has latched onto Hygge as it personifies the subtle comfort and cosiness of certain spaces.

Watch this video on Hygge…

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Decorating Dictionary: Define Zebrano / Zebrawood

Decorating Dictionary: Zebrano

What is the definition of a Zebrano or Zebrawood?

Have you ever heard someone mention the term Zebrano or Zebrawood and wondered what on earth it meant? Well, now you have to wonder no longer – we will define Zebrano for you! Here is the latest addition to our Decorating Dictionary

Zebrano or Zebrawood: is an exotic wood of the Microberlinia tree found predominantly in central Africa. The wood, which is golden brown in colour with pronounced dark brown streaks, got its name from its resemblance to a zebra’s stripes. Because of its decorative appeal, Zebrano is often used for veneers or inlays as well as custom furniture and accessories.

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Decorating Dictionary - Define Parquet

Decorating Dictionary: Parquet

What is the definition of a Parquet Flooring or Parquetry?

Have you ever heard someone mention the term Parquet or Parquetry and wondered what on earth it meant? Well, now you have to wonder no longer – we will define Parquet for you! Here is the latest addition to our Decorating Dictionary

Parquet or Parquetry: (from the French meaning “small compartment”) is a floor finish composed of wooden blocks or strips arranged in a decorative geometric pattern. Parquetry can occasionally feature a mix of different timbers or inlays of other materials such as marble, tile or stone. The most popular parquet flooring pattern is said to be herringbone.

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Define Jacobean Fabric Pattern

Decorating Dictionary: Jacobean Fabric

What is the definition of a Jacobean Fabric Pattern or Jacobean Floral?

Have you ever heard someone mention the term Jacobean Fabric or Jacobean Floral and wondered what on earth it meant? Well, now you have to wonder no longer – we will define Jacobean Fabric Pattern for you! Here is the latest addition to our Decorating Dictionary

Jacobean Fabric Pattern: refers to English floral textile design prevalent during the reign of James 1 in the early 17th century and is often associated with crewel embroidery. The pattern, which features strong Eastern (Indian) influences, was inspired by the ancient “Tree of Life” motif. This fabric pattern frequently features winding branches, fruit, birds, and large, highly-detailed, exotic flowers and leaves in rich colours. It is these stylised flowers that give Jacobean fabric its whimsical almost fantasy-like appeal.

P.S. If you want to learn more about the history of Jacobean textile design, here is an interesting student research paper on the subject: “Jacobean Textile Design: Surviving (and Thriving) Through the Test of Time

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