Home Decorating Terms Explained

By | March 11, 2017

Home decoration is the art of decorating a home so that it is comfortable, functions well and it is aesthetic. It encompasses applying wallpaper, painting walls, choosing furniture and providing other decorations such as paintings, sculptures and rugs It is focused on finishes such as furnishings. The basic idea is usage and functionality. Important home decorating items are bookends, candelabras and chandeliers, wall clocks, coat racks, desk lamps, desk sets, fireplace screens, jewelry armoires, magazine racks, mirrors, plant stands, table lights, quilt racks, room dividers, vanities, accent chairs and tables, carpets or area rugs.

Now, let’s take a look at a short list, not claiming to be exhaustive, of home decorating terms you may not understand, although you see them often on home decorating related websites.

Armoire – A movable wardrobe, usually with one or two doors.

Bookend – Object in a bookcase, designed to keep a row of books upright.

Candelabra – Decorative candlesticks shaped as a pedestal, having arms for holding candles.

Carpet – Loom-woven, grass or felted textile floor covering.

Chandelier – A ceiling-mounted fixture with arms bearing lights.

Chest – A rectangular piece of furniture with four walls and a liftable lid, used for storage.

Easel – An upright support used for holding a painting for display.

Interior decorating – The art of decorating the interior of a home.

Interior design – The creative practice of shaping the interior space of a home.

Light fixture – Electrical device used to create artificial light or illumination.

Mantel clock – Small, moveable clock placed on the shelf, above a fireplace.

Shoji screen – A room divider consisting of translucent paper over a wooden frame.

Wallpaper – Material used to decorate and cover the interior walls of a home.

Wreath – A ring made of leaves and flowers, used as an ornament on a table or hanging on the door