Glossary of Terms

A recessed area in a room

Trim attached below a tabletop or window sill
Art, buildings, furniture, accessories or personal possessions that are more than 100 years old
Appliance Garage
A common name for a roll-up or single door unit placed under a wall cabinet
A built-in upholstered bench along a wall, often used in breakfast areas
Thin layers of natural or synthetic cloth used to line cushions, pillows, quilts or crafts
A large cabinet or bookcase whose center section projects beyond the two end sections
Burled wood
A hard wood cut from a large rounded growth on a tree characterized by a large swirl and often used as a veneer or inlay
An enclosing frame around a door or window opening
A decorative paint technique in which a base color and glaze(s) are applied to a wall for a muted “washed” effect
Concealed Hinge
A hinge that is attached to the door and the inside end panel of a cabinet, making it not visible from the exterior of the cabinet
Diagonal Cabinet
A cabinet used to span across a corner; other terms for this type of cabinet are wall angle, lazy susan angle or corner wall cabinet
A window set vertically in a structure projecting through a sloping roof
A raised effect on an object
Exposed Hinge
A hinge attached to the door and the front frame of the cabinet, making it visible from the exterior of the cabinet
Green Design
A design, also referred to as sustainable design or eco-design, which conforms to environmentally sound principles of building, material and energy use. A green building, for example, might make use of skylights, recycled building materials and energy efficient appliances.
Any thin material such as wood or plastic glued to the exterior of a cabinet, countertop or other surface
Wood, wrought iron or other material formed into a cross-hatch design
An all-natural flooring material made of linseed oil, cork dust, wood flour, tree resins, ground limestone and pigments; regarded as environmentally friendly flooring
An embellishment in strip form, made of wood or other structural material, that is used to decorate or finish a surface, such as the wall of a room or around a door or window
A natural, durable fiber frequently used for floor coverings
Universal Design
The design of products and environments to be as accessible to or useable by all people, regardless of age, size or physical ability, to the greatest extent possible
without the need for adaptation or specialized design
Thin sheets of wood applied to a furniture surface
An application of wood paneling up to the middle or lower half of a wall

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