Interior Design Glossary

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TermDefinition
Varnish

Varnish – A coating that lacks pigment, offering a transparent finish for a wood surface.

Velocity

Velocity – The medium in which the sound is traveling and the temperature of the medium.

Veneer

Veneer – Decorative or prized wood cut very thin and applied to an inferior wood.

Venting

Venting – A natural hairline crack in the stone.

Vernacular

Vernacular – A type of building method common to a specific region, often build with wood indigenous to the area.

Viga

Viga – A heavy rafter, most commonly a log, used for roof support in southwestern architecture.

Vignette

Vignette – A display of furniture and furnishings in a store or showroom that is done to simulate an actual room.

Vitreograph

Vitreograph – A print made from a glass plate that has been prepared by sandblasting or etching.

Vitreous

Vitreous – Clay fired to maturity, so that it is hard, dense, and nonabsorbent.

Volume

Volume – Is the true three-dimensional aspect of interior design because an object with volume is clearly perceived as a spatial form having length, width, and depth.

Volutes

Volutes – The scroll-like details on the capital of a Ionic column.

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