Every profession has it’s own special language and Interior Design, Architecture and Construction are no different.

Each week I will be giving you definitions for words beginning with letters of the alphabet and will continue through the alphabet until we are done with all the letters.

Here are some definitions beginning with the letter “N”


The initials N.I.C. in a contract mean “Not in Contract”.  It is used in construction documents and drawings to identify areas of the project which are not within the scope of the project being priced.  It could be that the client has already done that portion of the project or is not planning to do it in this phase. It may mean there is space being provided in this phase of construction but it is not being finished at the moment (like a basement or attic).

Nesting Tables:


Nesting tables are those sets of table that stack one on top of the other and can be separated and used individually when desired.  They are usually in sets of three, come in all sizes, styles and shapes and are quite practicle.

Newel Post:


Newel posts are the the large posts that provide the structure for a staircase.  They are at the bottom of the stairs and at corners.  They can be very straight and plain like in Craftsman style or ornate and turned on a lathe.  Their decorative shapes are sometimes reproduced as lamp bases or other decorative items.


Niche refers to an opening in a wall where decorative things may be displayed or stored. Showers have niches to hold shampoo and soap and foyer’s often have them to display statues or vases. They can be square, round or arched and made of plaster, cast material, concrete, tile or stone – they are all niches.



Nosings are generally referred to in relation to stairs but they can also be the forward most part of any overhang, such as a counter. They are the part that projects (noses) beyond the riser (vertical piece which “rises” up to meet the nosing).

Next week I will give you the definitions of words beginning with the letter “O”