Trends, technology, and terminology are constantly evolving, so we created this alphabetical glossary to help explain key design concepts and empower your clients to clearly communicate their expectations.
A = Art Deco
Originally popular in the 1920s and 1930s, this elegant design style is experiencing a resurgence. Art Deco design is all about bold statements — think geometric patterns, striking colors, rich finishes, and symmetrical, streamlined pieces.
B = Bold
Bold design decisions let your personal style take center stage, so don’t shy away from bright colors, patterned wallpaper, or statement tile. If you prefer a more understated look, experiment with bold accents instead — like matte gold finishes or a mirrored vanity.
C = Configurable
Modular solutions bridge the gap between custom design and off-the-shelf products. They’re typically more affordable than a fully custom design, but far more flexible and personalized than an out-of-the-box product.
D = Decluttering
Cluttered countertops can make a bathroom feel crowded. But it’s not just “junk” — clutter is often made up of essentials you actually need and use every day. Finding the right storage solutions for these essentials can instantly improve the appearance and functionality of a room.
E = Ergonomics
Ergonomic design focuses on creating an efficient space through ample storage, easy-to-clean surfaces, and effortless access to your everyday essentials. While it may go unnoticed at first glance, this seamless functionality can make a space feel luxurious for years to come.
F = Finish
Finishes should be more than just an afterthought. With more options available than ever before — from matte gold to polished chrome to matte black — it’s possible to find accents that perfectly complement any design.
G = Glass
When considering vanity tops, natural stone may be the first material that comes to mind, but don’t overlook the benefits of glass. A glass vanity top with an integrated sink is not only eye-catching and elegant, but also incredibly low-maintenance.
H = High-tech
Bathrooms are no longer simply utilitarian rooms. From Bluetooth connectivity to flicker-free dimming to automatic defogging, the latest bathroom technology can elevate the daily grooming routine.
I = Integrated
Forget the clutter of cords and wires. With integrated technology, innovative features are built right in — like Bluetooth audio embedded in the mirror, USB chargers in the medicine cabinets, and soft night lighting in the vanity.
J = Joinable
Modular vanities and gangable mirrors provide exceptional versatility, allowing you to easily join pieces together to create a personalized design that suits your space.
K = Kelvin
Color temperature, measured using the Kelvin scale, describes the warmth or coolness of a light source. Ideally, the task lighting in your bathroom should be easily tunable to mimic warm indoor light or cool daylight, so you can prepare for whatever lies ahead.
L = Luxury
Everyone has their own definition of luxury, but there’s one common thread: Luxurious design goes above and beyond the ordinary. Superior craftsmanship, tailored design, seamless functionality, and rich finishes can all create a sense of luxury in the bathroom.
M = Minimalism
Modern minimalism goes way beyond clutter-free countertops. Streamlined design, natural materials, neutral tones, and high-tech functionality create a simple, serene space.
N = Neutral
White, gray, black, and beige will never go out of style. But a colorless palette doesn’t have to be boring — make a stunning statement with a black-and-white bathroom, or layer neutral hues for a sophisticated look.
O = Organization
An organized space keeps the focus on your style, not your “stuff.” Make organization intuitive by incorporating clever storage solutions into your design.
P = Palette
The color palette you choose for your bathroom can make an instant impact — bright colors create an energizing space, while a more muted palette can help achieve a soothing, spa-like vibe.
Q = Quality of Light
High-quality task lighting can make all the difference. When choosing the ideal lighting for your space, consider factors like output, accurate color rendering, color temperature control, and capacitive-touch dimming. (For more detailed information, see our white paper on Design Principles for Lighted Mirrors.)
R = Reflection
A mirror is more than just a must-have — the right mirror can add light to a room, make a small space feel bigger, and make an impact without distracting from the rest of the design. Options like custom shapes and side lighting let you select a mirror that truly reflects your aesthetic.
S = Sophistication
Sophistication is all in the details. To create a space that feels chic and refined, look for innovative features and finishing touches that elevate your design — like mixed metal finishes, rich textures, and integrated technology.
T = Timeless
A timeless design will still feel fresh and modern a decade down the road. To create an instantly classic look, choose functional pieces and a neutral palette — then update your space when the mood strikes with decorative accents inspired by the latest trends.
U = Unexpected
Practical doesn’t have to be predictable. Unexpected features like integrated night lighting, hidden outlets, tip-out storage drawers, and embedded audio can transform the way you see your styling space.
V = Versatility
Flexible storage and customizable design can help you make the most efficient use of your space and create a solution that caters perfectly to your day-to-day needs.
W = Warmth
Even a minimalist design can (and should!) feel warm and inviting. Tunable lighting, natural surfaces, and cozy textiles can add instant warmth to your space.
X = eXtra mile
First impressions are important, but it’s the thoughtful hidden touches — like integrated USB charging ports, magnetic storage strips, adjustable drawer dividers, and a glass organizer that safely stores heated styling tools — that create a lasting sense of luxury.
Y = You
You may have seen us refer to “state-of-YOUR-art” styling spaces. Design is never one-size-fits-all, so when you’re looking for inspiration, remember that the ideal design for you is the one that reflects your personal aesthetic and makes your daily routine easier.
Z = Zen
Zen design combines subtle colors, natural elements, and minimalist décor to create a sense of calmness and simplicity. Because at the end of the day — and the beginning, too — your styling space should be a place where you can relax and recharge.