Interior Design Glossary

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Earthenware – Ceramic ware with a permeable or porous body after firing (usually to a temperature of 1600F to 1900F).

Egg and Dart

Egg and Dart – A decorative pattern consisting of alternating shapes of ovoid and arrow, usually used for molding.


Elements – The five elements in Chinese belief – earth, wood, fire, metal, and water – that offer essential clues to the practice of Feng Shui.

Enameled Glass

Enameled Glass – Glass decorated with particles of translucent glass or glass-like material, usually of a contrasting color, which fuses to the surface under heat. Multicolored designs can be created, as well as monochrome coatings.


Encaustic – A paint medium in which pigment is suspended in molten wax and resin. After applying the paint to a panel or canvas, the artist passes a heat element over the work to fuse the colors into a fixed, uniform film.

Engaged Column

Engaged Column – A half column that is set against a wall or into a wall.

Engineered wood flooring

Engineered wood flooring – Flooring that is created from layers of wood bonded together through adhesive. Makes for a very dimensionally stable floor, ideal for areas prone to changes in temperature and humidity.


Engraving – An intaglio printing process in which a design is incised into a metal plate. Characterized by sharp, clean lines and high definition.


Entablature – The horizontal element that rests upon the columns in classical architecture. Consists of the architrave, frieze, and cornice.

erformance Specification

Performance Specification – A specification establishing product requirements based on exacting performance criteria. These criteria must be based on the qualitative or measurable statements.

Etched Glass

Etched Glass – Glass decorated, carved, or otherwise marked by sandblasting or the use of hydrofluoric acid. The glass is partially covered with an acid-resistant wax or gum and the exposed are is etched


Etching – A printing method in which compound agents are used to deepen lines drawn onto a printing plate.

Ethical Standards

Ethical Standards – Define what is correct and incorrect in relation to the professional behavior of the members and even the practice of the profession.

Extrusive Rock

Extrusive Rock – The cooling of magma on the earth’s surface creates an igneous rock.

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