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Glossary of Interior Design Terms

Many terms used in interior design, decorating, furniture and remodeling have special meaning in this context. Check out these links to find how these terms apply in Interior Decorating.

Newel Post
A newel post stablizes the vertical and horizontal pieces on a stair railing.

Twin Bed
A twin bed is the smallest bed made for adults.

Console Table
Read about a console table, a narrow decorative table.

Coffee Table
A coffee table is a convenient piece of furniture for a living room, family room, or den.

Polyurethane
Polyurethane is a material used to seal and protect painted and stained surfaces. Learn more here.

Casing
Update the look of your home with decorative and custom casings at the windows and doors.

A.S.I.D.

Arm Chair

Armoire

Banister
Learn about a stairway banister.

Bed-in-a-Bag

Bergère Chair

Bombé Chest

Burl Wood
Pieces of furniture made of burl wood are beautiful, always unique, and often expensive.

Camel-back

Ceiling Medallion
Placed above a chandelier or ceiling fan, a ceiling medallion becomes a crown to the room.

Cherry

Comforter Set

Commode

Crown Moulding
Crown moulding is a decorative piece installed at the corner where a wall meets the ceiling.

Drop-leaf

Finial

Hardwood

Highboy

House Beautiful Furniture Glossary
Use this glossary for basic information on terms used to describe furniture.

Love Seat

Lowboy

Mahogany

Mantel
A fireplace topped by a mantel provides display space and beautiful top.

Maple

MDF- Medium Density Fiber Board
MDF is the common name for Medium Density Fiberboard, an economical alternative to wood products.

Oak

Ottoman

Pine

Primary Colors

Redwood

Secondary Colors

Secretary

Sheet Set

Side Chair

Slipper Chair

Sofa

Teak

Wallpaper Dictionary
Look up any term about wallpapering you need to know.

Walnut

Wing Chair

Étagère

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