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Every profession has it’s own special language and Interior Design, Architecture and Construction are no different.

Each week I will be giving you definitions of words beginning with different letters of the alphabet and will continue through the alphabet until we are done with all the letters.

Here are some definitions beginning with the letters “H” and “I”

HALOGEN

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In lay terms a halogen lamp is called a halogen bulb. What most people are not aware of is that you should not touch the lamp (bulb) with your bare fingers because it will leave a little oil that can cause the lamp to burn out quicker.  A glove or cloth will protect the lamp.  The light given off by them is intense and concentrated so it is perfect for accent lighting.  The down side is the heat they generate so be careful to not place combustible items next to them. The color of the light from halogen lamps (bulbs) is cooler than regular incandescent lamps but has good color rendering qualities.

 IKAT

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Ikat fabrics are distinctive because the dye is allowed to “bleed” a little creating irregular or blurry edges to the designs.  The yarns are dyed before the fabric is woven, which makes it quite amazing that the design comes out the way it’s supposed to!  That is a similar process as hand woven rugs.

 IMARE

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Imari ware is distinctive Japanese porcelain ware.  The dominant colors are cobalt blue and iron red-orange as seen in these photos.  The designs are intricate and often depict flowers.  There is often a little gold added for accents throughout the pieces.

Next week I will define words beginning with the letter “J”