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Wabi-SabiRepresenting a Japanese worldview, it's a style of perceiving art and beauty that pervades all things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete.
WainscotA wainscot, usually wood panels, are applied on the lower portion of a wall below the chair rail, and above the base molding. It is a different material then the rest of the wall.
Wainscot ChairAn Elizabethan oak chair with a back that's paneled like wainscoting on a wall. These chairs are quite massive and ornately carved with strap work.
WainscotingWood panels or boards that cover the lower portion of a wall, often capped with molding.

Panelling on the lower half of a wall that differs from the upper half. Usually separated by a chair rail.

WaleA pronounced rib or raised cord that may run vertically with the warp, horizontally with the filling threads or weft, or diagonally as in a twill weave.
Walk-ThroughA final inspection of the job to be sure that everything ordered is present, and that any omissions or damaged goods are noted.
Wall ClockAny type of clock that's made specifically for hanging on a wall. Find a wall clock.
Wall CompositionThe arrangement of furniture, architectural openings, and accessories against a wall.
Wall CoveringsPaper, fabric, or vinyl rolls or bolts prepared for gluing onto the wall
Wall MirrorAny type of mirror that's designed to be hung on a wall. Find a wall mirror.
Wall SculptureA decorative wall hanging made from any material including wood, metal and synthetic materials. Find a wall sculpture.
Wall UnitsLarge free-standing or wall hung units which can have drawers, shelves, cabinets, desks, entertainment centers or other features.
Wall WasherA general term for a series of Lights that wash a wall. These may be recessed adjustable lights or eyeball spotlights, for example.
WallboardA term for rigid wall materials installed in sheets or boards: sheetrock (gypsum board), masonite, paneling. Also called drywall.
WallpaperIs available in a range of colors, patterns, textures, and materials for direct application to plaster or gypsum wallboard partitions.

A tall enclosed cabinet with doors, used for storing clothing and linens. Also see Armoire.

Warm ColorsThe hues on the color wheel generally considered to produce feelings of warmth. They are red-violet, red, red-orange, orange, yellow-orange, yellow, and yellow-green.
Warm White Deluxe Fluorescent LampContains a warm light spectrum similar to incandescent lighting.
Warp (Or Weft)The yarns running lengthwise in a piece of fabric, i.e., perpendicular to the woof (or welt).
Warp Threads Or YarnsThe lengthwise or vertical fabric yarns that are threaded onto the loom and form the basis for woven cloth.
WashA soft plane of light from spotlights or track lighting.
Wash StandA cupboard or chest of drawers on four legs with a basin sunk into the top. These were specially adapted for bedroom use after 1750.
WashableA wallpaper term meaning that the paper can be gently cleaned with a little soap and water.
Water ClosetA toilet.
WatercolorWatercolor paints are made with pigments dispersed in gum arabic and are characterized by luminous transparency.
Waterfall SkirtA skirt on an upholstered piece of furniture that falls from the top of the base below the cushion line to the floor without interruption.
WaterproofingCoating the building's foundation with a tar mixture or with tar paper.
Water-Repellent FinishA functional, wet, or standard finish that allows the fabric to shed or repel moisture and stain due to condensation or excessive humidity.
Watt Or WattageA unit of electric power equal to the power of one ampere (amp) as compared to one volt.
WattleA panel of woven sticks used as infill for timber framing or as fencing material.
Wattle And DaubWoven sticks smeared with clay to fill the spaces between the posts and beams of half-timbered homes.
WeatherstrippingThin strips of insulation, usually with a sticky side, that insulate around windows and doors to prevent cold air infiltration.
WeavingIs the traditional method of making carpet by interlacing warp and weft yarns.
WebbingInterwoven strips of material attached to a frame; used for support in upholstery pieces in place of traditional spring systems.
Weft Threads Or YarnsInserted into the opened shed of warp threads to create a woven fabric. Also called filling yarns.
Wegner, Hans (B. 1914)Important Danish furniture craftsman, designer of several modern classic pieces.
Wellington ChestA tall, narrow, relatively plain type of chest named after the Duke of Wellington. Find a chest of drawers.
Welsh CupboardA cabinet with a large enclosed storage base and upper area with open shelves.
WeltA fabric-covered piping cord sewn between two pieces of the covering in upholstery.
Welting (Or Piping)A cord wrapped in fabric, which is used to trim upholstery seams and places where the fabric meets with exposed wood.
Wetfinishes See standard finishes.
What-NotA mobile stand/cart with open shelves. In use after 1800 for books, decorative accents, etc.
WheatTerm refers to carved ornamentations representing three ears of wheat. This motif was extensively used by Hepplewhite.
WhitewareA generic term for white clay bodies.
WhitewashWhite wash is a mixture with lime that is used to lighten or whiten walls
WickerFurniture, baskets, or other objects woven from twigs.
Wicker FurnitureFurniture woven from materials such as willow, reed, and rattan. Find wicker and rattan furniture.
Wiener WerkstateSee Vienna Secession.
William & MaryThis style is named after the 17th Century English King and Queen. This style came to America in the early 1700's. Common pieces of this style included high-backed upholstered armchairs, highboys, lowboys, etc. The elements of this design include features such as curved lines, marquetry, bun or ball feet, inlay and oriental lacquer-work.
Williamsburg StyleA style of decor inspired by the early colonial settlement of Williamsburg, Virginia.
WiltonBroadloom loop-pile carpeting woven on a Jacquard loom. All colors used in the carpeting are carried beneath the carpet face, creating a thick, heavy carpet.
WindbreakTrees, hedges, or fences that provide protection from wind.
Window SillThe horizontal ridge or shelf beneath the glass, usually within the frame.
Window Treatment

A window treatment is a covering or decorative accessory for your windows. They are usually blinds, fabric or shades.

Window WellsThe corrugated metal or concrete form that keeps dirt away from basement windows.
Windsor ChairA style of wooden chair originating in the early 1700's, which is still very popular today that features a spindle back shaped in fans, hoops or combs. This style was named for Windsor Castle but gained true popularity in America. Woods used included birch, pine, hickory, ash, maple and oak. Find dining room chairs.
Wine RackA rack for storing bottles of wine. Wine racks can vary in size from a small rack used on a kitchen counter to something as large as a big bookcase. Find a wine rack.
Wine TableTraditionally a horseshoe shaped serving table for serving wine and hor d'oeuvres.
Wing ChairAn upholstered easy chair with a high back and wings on each side for resting the head.
Wing Chair (Wing-Back Chair)A high backed upholstered chair featuring rolled arms and wing shaped protrusions that extend over the arms at the head level. Introduced in America around the early 1700's. Find a wing back chair.
Wing-Back ChairA high, traditional chair that features projections on either side at head level.
Wire ConstructionSee round wire tufting weaving.
Wiring PlanThe portion of the blueprints or working drawings that indicate placement of all electric wiring, fixtures, switched outlets, and connections. Also called the lighting plan.
Wood BlindsThin flat slats of wood made into miniblinds. They take more stacking space and are more costly than metal miniblinds.
Wood FillerA paste or liquid used in the wood-finishing process to fill the natural pores of the wood and create a smooth surface.
Wood Frame Or Wood Truss SystemThe conventional system of framing a building with wood studs, joists, rafters, and beams, reinforced with the herringbone (zigzag) truss system between joists.
Wood GrainingBrushing on a glaze and drawing wood grains and lines with an artist's brush.
Wood MoldingNarrow strips of concave and/or convex wood molding. May also be plastic.
Wood- Or Coal-Burning StoveA self-contained so we, usually of cast-iron, that burns wood or coal for space heating.
Wood PlankFlooring of strips of wood. Planks may be laid in even width strips or random plank (three different widths).
Wood RodsCurtain and drapery rods of solid wood, often fluted.
WoodcutA relief printing process in which a picture or design is cut in relief along the grain of a wood block.
WoofThe yarns running crosswise on a piece of woven fabric that interlace with the warp (or weft).
WoolNatural protein staple fibers taken from the fleece of sheep and the hairs of goats. Wool?absorbent, resilient, and flame resistant?is woven and knitted into high-quality textiles for both residential and nonresidential use. Used for carpeting, Oriental and folk rugs, wall coverings, and some window covering fabrics.
Wool RugsA term for natural fiber rugs or carpeting left in its undyed state. The most common is the berber rug.
Word-Processing ProgramsSoftware programs that offer options in text writing.
Work ZonesAreas for tasks such as food preparation, office work.
Working DrawingsThe final mechanical drawings that are used to obtain bids and construct a design.
Worm HolesSmall holes found in wood, considered a defect in many instances and a character-providing element in others such as rustic furniture pieces.
Wrap GroupBedroom furniture that's usually designed for children's bedrooms to go against the walls so it can wrap around a room. Wrap groups often include small chests, dressers, student desks and hutches. They make a great use of limited space and provide a lot of storage.
Wren, Sir Christopher (1632-1723)One of England's most important and influential architects, responsible for building London's City churches after the great fire of 1666.
Wright, Frank Lloyd (1869-1959)A great American architect who believed that a building should relate to its setting. Fie designed the complete building, including interiors and furniture.
Wrinkle-Resistant FinishTreating a fabric with a functional finish process so it does not easily wrinkle.
Writing DeskA smaller sized desk or table commonly used for personal use such as writing letters or paying bills. Find a writing desk.
Wrought IronIron that is welded and forged into different shapes.