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Furniture Terms

Besides offering an extraordinary selection of affordable furnishings, we also want to be your go-to authority for stylish décor. This digital glossary was created to help you get better acquainted with the variety of terms used to describe our HomeStore products. The more information we can provide, the more confident you’ll feel about choosing us for your home.

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Acanthus leaf
Used in classic Greek and Roman decoration, this popular 18th century motif is favored by Chippendale. Carvings of this Asian-native plant appear on cabriole legs and moldings.
North Shore Bed with Acanthus Leaf design
Accent colors
Contrast colors used to spice up room schemes
A.F.F.
Abbreviation for Above Finished Floor. This is typically used on construction plans to note installation heights or objects.
Accent lighting
Decorative lighting used to draw attention to chosen objects and create mood and highlights. i.e., track lighting, chandeliers, and sconces.
ADA Guidelines
A set of requirements applied to the design and construction of all buildings to ensure individuals with disabilities have full access to the building and its facilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.
Adaptations
Newly made furniture pieces that capture the flavor of the original but are not authentic.
Ambient Lighting
Main overhead lighting in a space providing a diffused layer of uniform illumination
Antiquing
The process of making wood or fabric look old and used. This can be done through a finish, artificial weathering, or distressing.
Applique
French for "applied." Ornaments such as carvings, turnings, lozenges, etc., which are tacked or glued to a surface rather than cut from the solid wood.
Apron
Boards that are placed at right angles to the underside of a tabletop or seat of a chair, extending between the tops of legs. On case goods furniture, it is the perpendicular face below the lowest drawer between bracket feet.
Arabesque
A kind of scroll pattern in which leaves, flowers, fruit and geometric forms are intertwined
Armoire
French term for a wardrobe frequently used to describe a French-style wardrobe.
North Shore Armoire
Art Deco
Style of architecture and furnishings popular in the 1920's and 1930's; characteristics include streamlined, geometric motifs expressed in materials such as glass, plastic and chrome.
Art Nouveau
Forerunner of Art Deco; style of decoration between 1890 and 1910 characterized by flowing lines, sinuous curves and forms derived from nature.