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 for 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 letter “K”.


“Key” as in Greek Key or Chinese Key designs is illustrated above.  It is used in many architectural details and in Classic style furniture.  It is used in fabrics and trim for upholstery and window coverings as well. It is easily recognized by it’s geometric repetitive shape.

keystone-resized-600A Keystone is referring to the center piece of an arch which is usually slightly larger than the arch itself and is wedge shaped either plain or decorative.  It is a structural part of the arch. It is found in architecture but also in Classic style furnishings and even in contemporary ones, where it is very streamlined.

kilim_rugs-resized-600Kilims are flat weave rugs with geometric patterns.  They do not have a pile like other Oriental rugs. They come from many countries and the designs were originated in the local tribes.  Each tribe had it’s own unique design.  They are used as rugs but also as wall hangings, upholstery coverings and the designs are reproduced onto decorative accessory items.


The ancient Greeks invented the Klismos chair which is distinctive and easily recognized by it’s curves.  The front legs curve forward and the back leg curve backward while the back of the chair curves to follow the lines of the person’s back.  They are illustrated on many Greek Revival decorative items.

Next week I will introduce words starting with “L”.