Glossary

Glossary

Index  A B C D E F G H I K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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A contrast, outline or highlight for added detail and emphasis.

AMBER GLAZE
Yellow semi-transparent background with deep brown glaze with fly speck highlights. This glaze gives an overall golden tint with deep brown hangup in corners and profile recesses.

AMERICAN COLONIAL
Traditional design elements inspired by the American Colonial period and influenced by English Georgian style.

ANTIQUITY GLASS
Blurred, tempered glass with
seeded impressions.

ASIAN INFLUENCES
Design elements and principles influenced by Pacific/eastern cultures characterized by clean lines and simple forms. Asian design can be more asymmetrical. It is subtle, yet dramatic, and creates a peaceful ambiance.

AUTUMN BLUSH
A warm, rich brown with reddish undertones, Autumn Blush is a semi-transparent traditional finish for cherry or oak.
 

B
BALANCE
The relationship of two or more elements that are equal or proportionate. To bring into harmony or proportion. A classical approach to design.

BARNSTEAD GLASS
Clear, linear-ribbed patterned glass with imbedded wire to diffuse the appearance of objects.

BATH SUITE
A spacious personal care environment to relax the body and mind.

BEAD BOARD
Paneling that incorporates beaded, routed detail and conveys relaxed, casual styling. Beaded styling adds texture and design to flat panel wood coverings, and is noticeably accentuated by glaze finishes.

BEADED DOOR
A flat panel cabinet door design that incorporates vertical beaded texture on the recessed panel area of the door. The wood door frame is more simple and constructed with cope and stick joinery.
BEAUTY
The qualities present in something that give intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind. Arises from sensory manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.) or from a meaningful design or pattern.

BIRCH
Medium-density hardwood with a fine, moderate grain pattern that conveys a refined linear texture and mild color variation. Birch is similar to maple wood and has a tight, even wood grain. It can have more character at times. Birch can have a finer “tick” texture and subtle shapes of bluish gray tones for variety. It can be finished in tones from semi-transparent, full-coverage finishes to light and dark transparent tones. More semi-transparent finish tones will make the wood grain appear more even.

BISQUE GLAZE
A bright-white glaze over an off-white semi-transparent background, subtle, sophisticated Bisque Glaze is available for birch and maple door styles.

BLACK GLAZE
The traditional, warm reddish brown of Autumn Blush finish goes to greater depths when brushed with a black glaze and fly-speck highlights. Select Black Glaze for cherry door styles.

BUTTERCREAM
Pale yellow and smooth as creamery butter, this semi-transparent finish is dusted with soft brown fly-speck highlights and is available for birch and maple door styles.
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CABERNET
A deep, dark, semi-transparent finish reminiscent of burgundy wine. Choose Cabernet for birch or cherry door styles.

CASHMERE GLAZE
Soft warm background with beige glaze hangup in corners and profile recesses.

CASUAL
Design and style elements that convey an informal, relaxed, comfortable lifestyle.

CASUAL STYLE/LOOK
A preference for more informal, comfortable and inviting style. Formality is less important than comfort.

CHERRY
A timeless wood species with a fine wood-grain texture. In its natural state, cherry is red in coloration and will darken or “mellow” with age. The grain pattern is gentle, but has more character than maple. Cherry is considered a classic and elegant wood species that is valued for fine furniture, antiques and Eternally Classic designs. Cherry wood finishes, in standard light to dark, range from stain colors to glazed furniture treatments.

CHESTNUT
Toasty medium brown enriched with reddish overtones, Chestnut is a semi-transparent finish for maple and birch styles.

CHICORY GLAZE
A semi-transparent background of warm Sunset finish is glazed with rich, dark brown and features fly-speck highlights. Chicory Glaze enhances the natural wood grain on oak door styles.

CHOCOLATE GLAZE
Rich as fudge, with deep brown glaze over a warm, semi-transparent Sunset finish, Chocolate Glaze features distressing and fly-speck highlights and is available for birch and cherry door styles.

CLASSIC CROWN
A traditional to classic molding that accepts an additional adornment. An accented crown molding can be used to finish and accentuate ceilings, walls and tall cabinetry throughout an area to reflect an individual style.

CLEAN DOOR STYLING
Uncluttered and straight-lined without extra embellishment.

CMG
(Color Marketing Group)
An international organization of design-related professionals that forecasts design and product trends and analyzes both current and future colors.

COGNAC
Medium brown semi-transparent finish with pale yellow and dark brown undertones.

COLOR
The quality of an object or substance with reference to light reflection. Usually determined visually by measurement of hue, saturation and brightness of the reflected light.

COLOR PALLET
An arrangement or grouping of colors that reflects a particular range of color selections.

COLOR TRENDS
Prevailing tendency of popular colors; direction of color movement.

COMPLEMENTARY COLORS
Opposite colors that complement each other. Opposite colors on the color wheel. For example, red and green are complementary colors.

COMPOSITION
The relationship of one element to another in a setting. The parts that form a whole (i.e. cabinets, wall color and texture, moldings, countertops and appliances form the composition of a kitchen setting).

COOL COLORS
Colors without red or yellow influence. Blue and green influence cool colors, making them a higher percentage of cool value vs. warm value. These colors evoke a feeling of calm. COPE AND STICK JOINERY
Cope and stick joinery is a wood construction technique that features a 90-degree connection as opposed to a miter cut joinery of 45 degrees.

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D
DESIGN CONTINUUM
A span of time and events that covers the emergence, transformation, or displacement of a design influence or trend.

DESIGN ELEMENTS
Line, form, light, color and texture are sub-categories of design elements, which are basic for design.

DESIGN INFLUENCES
Societal influence on people and design choices as related to fashion, art, magazines, pop culture, study and travel.

DESIGN PRINCIPLES
Adopted rules or methods accepted for application in design. Rhythm, unity, emphasis, proportion, style and balance are sub-categories.

DESIGN STYLE
A particular kind, sort or type, as with reference to form, appearance or character: Eternally Classic™, Worldly Grace™, Eclectic Charm™, Simple Elements™, Restful Retreat™.

DISTRESSING
Factory-applied techniques that give wood a furniture-aged look. Random wormholes, compression marks and corner oversanding are distressing elements used to convey gently aged fine furniture.

DRESSING ROOM
A separate room or adjacent area added to a personal care space for dressing and adorning oneself.
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ECLECTIC CHARM
An ensemble of personal selections, both old and new, used together to create a pleasing, personal style that conveys individual personality. An example of Eclectic Charm would be to use two different door styles or wood species within one space, using them to complement one another - such as a kitchen with maple cabinetry overall and a cherry hutch used as an accent. EFFECT
A treatment or technique that gives highlight and visual value.

ENGINEERED WOOD
Composed of wood fibers and/or particles that have been bonded with synthetic resins under heat and pressure to form boards. Engineered wood is dimensionally more stable and yields smoother surface bonding of laminates.

ENVIRONMENT
An area, room or setting that encompasses a particular style, theme or function.

ETERNALLY CLASSIC
A style that is traditional, not trendy. Eternally Classic is conservative design with Colonial and Old World influences.
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F
FADS
A temporary fashion that is followed enthusiastically by a group for a period of time but not viewed as long lasting or timeless. FAWN
A soft, nut-brown, semi-transparent finish, Fawn gently blends the distinctive grain patterns of oak.

FLAT PANEL
A recessed center panel to a door or drawer design conveying Transitional, Shaker, or Arts and Crafts styling.

FLUTED COLUMNS
Grooves or routings adorned in wood on columns or panels to add detail or accent finishes (such as glazes). These are representative of Eternally Classic design.

FOCAL POINTS
A design and planning technique that brings emphasis to an area.

FOUNDATION
The basis or groundwork for design.

FROST GLAZE
An semi-transparent, off-white finish featuring fly-speck highlights and distress markings enhanced by the addition of a bright white glaze. Frost Glaze is available for birch and maple door styles.

FULL OVERLAY
Cabinet door styles that cover most of the face frame, giving prominence to the door and drawer design.
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G
GARNET GLAZE
Deep red semi-transparent background with Black Glaze hangup in corners and profile recesses. Fly speck highlights.

GENERATIONAL
Timeless, appealing to all ages. Planning and design that facilitates or refers to multi-generational needs or applications.
GINGER GLAZE
A rich, honey-colored, semi-transparent background is spiced with a rich, darker brown glaze and is available for maple door styles.

GLASS
A transparent to translucent material used to decorate, add variation, and allow for display. Available in a wide range of color, tones and textural patterns for personal expression and decoration.

GLAZE FINISH
An additional furniture finish treatment that is applied to improve a standard stain, enhance door detail and even-out wood species variation.

GLAZES
The substances used to coat cabinetry that produce enhancements in door detail, wood color and tone. The addition of glaze finish treatments as an added finishing step has revolutionized the cabinet industry, bringing home fashion to the forefront of consumers’ minds. Glazes actually enhance and improve the beauty of the wood and the base finish color. Glaze treatments and techniques can vary from heavy to light. Lighter treatments lend themselves to a more subtle appearance.
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H
HAZELNUT GLAZE
A semi-transparent, off-white background is enhanced with a rich brown glaze and lightly dusted with soft brown fly-speck highlights. Hazelnut Glaze is available for birch and maple door styles. HICKORY
A strong, open-grained hardwood known for wide variation of color and texture. Works well to express the beauty and character aspects of real wood. A unique, wilder wood with beautiful, active textures that range from light to mid to dark to gray tones. Sometimes, the texture’s span will be broader than other times. This texture pattern is very popular with more casual styles, such as Restful Retreat, in design planning. The boldness of hickory also works well with stronger decorating colors. To even-out the tone, select medium to darker stain colors. To accentuate the activity of the wood texture, select lighter stain ranges.

HOMEPACE
KraftMaid’s term to describe how spaces in the home are now utilized for multiple functions or activities. HomePace illustrates the use of cabinetry to create furniture in most rooms in the home, giving flexibility and variety to an environment. Examples include, but are not limited to, morning bars, entertainment centers, home offices, game spaces, secondary kitchens, great rooms and craft rooms.

HONEY SPICE
The semi-transparent, golden beauty of Honey Spice is a timeless tradition for oak, cherry, birch, maple and hickory door styles.

HUE
The essence of color. The attributes of color that permit them to be classed as red, yellow, green, blue or an intermediate between any contiguous pairs of these colors - compare brightness, lightness and saturation.

HUTCH
A free-standing furniture unit created with cabinetry to display, serve or store. Also known as a buffet server or china cabinet.
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I INTERIOR DRAMA
The striking relationship of all components creating an exciting environment. For example, a contrasting molding or cabinetry selection shows interior drama.
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K
KAFFÉ
A warm, rich brown semi-transparent finish with deep brown undertones and black overtones.
 
L
LAYERED PALLETS
Multiple finishes or color tones applied or displayed in tiers to convey a visually pleasing arrangement. Layers can be contrasting, subtle or monochromatic.

LIGHT
A source that makes items or areas visible or affords illumination. An important design element.
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M
MAPLE
Maple is a hardwood recognized for its soft, even, linear grain texture. It is whitish in overall color and takes light- to mid-range finish tones best. Maple wood is a more “quiet” wood grain (as opposed to hickory, which is considered “active”). It is valued because it makes a polished statement.

MATTE FINISHES
Finishes with an intentionally lower level of shine or luster.

MDF
(Medium Density Fiberboard)
An engineered wood offering an extremely tight and smooth surface. Exceptionally stable, MDF is favored for laminating with thermofoils and melamine.

MELLOW
Softening related to color. For example, white mellows over time, becoming less bright with age.

METALLICS
Of, relating to, or being made of metal. Finishes or treatments that emulate metal.

MIX AND MATCH
Blending of unlike items to produce a pleasing final solution. Door styles, finishes and even wood species can be combined to produce an Eclectic Charm design.

MOLDING
Any of variously long, ornamental surfaces that are either continuous or discontinuous, with coordinating cross-sections for the full device and a strikingly modeled profile that adds finishing detail.

MONOCHROMATIC
Having varying tones of one color in addition to the base hue; a monochromatic color range is both subtle and sophisticated to facilitate a tone-on-tone solution.

MONOCHROMATIC TEXTURE
Color values within a single color range utilizing paints, fabrics, materials and treatments to achieve differences that convey subtle visual texture and variation.

MOOD
A state or quality of feeling at a particular time. Mood can be strongly influenced by design style, materials and treatments.

MORNING BARS
Mini-kitchenettes designed into a master dressing or bath suite. Includes cabinetry, storage and countertop for morning coffee or a late-night snack.

MOSS GLAZE
Inspired by nature, Moss Glaze is a warm, mid-value green glaze with fly-speck highlights. Moss Glaze is available for birch, maple and oak door styles.

MOVEMENT
The progression and evolution of a trend, thought or design concept.

MULTI-FUNCTIONAL SPACES
Areas designed for two or more functions or activities. For example, a kitchen, home office and sitting area can be designed all within one area or closely adjoined. Also called HomePace.

MUSLIN
A semi-transparent off white finish, Muslin is delicately refined with the gentle touch of soft brown fly-speck highlighting. Choose Muslin for oak, birch, hickory or maple door styles.
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NATURAL
The superior protection of the Duracraft conversion varnish topcoat is applied to the wood without the application of a color stain, resulting in well-defined grain patterns and characteristics. A Natural finish is available for oak, hickory, cherry, maple and birch door styles.

NEO-CLASSIC
The movement prevailing in the architecture of Europe, America and some European colonies at various periods during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, characterized by the widespread use of Greek orders and decorative motifs; the subordination of detail to simple, strongly geometric overall compositions; the frequent presence of broad, plain wall surfaces; the use of moldings, recessed panels, etc., to create crisp outlines and patterns. A subcategory to Eternally Classic.
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O
OAK
A hardwood species with a natural reddish tone and a varied and wavy grain pattern. At times, oak can have added striated texture. Known for American quality and beauty and used frequently for cabinetry, floors, furniture and millwork.

OATMEAL GLAZE
A warm neutral semi-transparent background and black glaze hangup in corners and profile recesses with fly speck highlights. An additional warm brown tone is rubbed on to accent relief areas. Prior to finishing, doors and drawer heads receive random "factory applied" worm holes, compression marks and corner oversanding duplicating the look of distressed furniture. Physical distressing is not applied to recessed center panels.
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PALLET
A grouping or family of colors.

PATINA GLAZE
A warm, rich brown semi-transparent background with reddish overtones, featuring Taupe Glaze hangup in corners and profile recesses with fly speck highlights

PATTERNED
A decorative design, as for wallpaper, textile fabrics, etc., used in a layering effect.

PEARL
A gentle, semi-transparent finish with delicate pink undertones, Pearl is available for maple door styles.

PEWTER GLAZE
The deep, dark gray of pewter is washed over a semi-transparent off-white finish, building to a deeper shade of gray in profile recesses, then lightly dusted with fly-speck highlights. Pewter Glaze is available for birch and maple door styles.

PORCELAIN GLAZE
A soft caramel background of semi-transparent stain is finished with a white glaze and highlighted with soft brown fly-specks. Porcelain Glaze finish is available for birch, cherry, maple, hickory and oak door styles. (Hickory and oak will also exhibit white grain fill.)

PRIMARY
Relating to colors, primary colors are starting points of all colors. Red, yellow and blue are primary colors.

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
The process of designing, marketing and manufacturing products appropriate for consumers’ needs and interests.

PROPORTION
Comparative relationship between objects in reference to size.
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RECESSED DOOR
A flat panel held inside the perimeter of a door. A flat panel recesses between the
stiles and rails.

RESTFUL RETREAT
A design style that creates an emotional peace and quiet. Fashioned after styles from “weekend homes” and reflective of such (i.e., beach house, mountain cabin, etc.).
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SANDRIFT
A light, semi-transparent finish with pale yellow undertones for oak or hickory styles, Sandrift is softened with gentle brown fly-speck highlights.

SATURATED COLOR
A color rich with pigment or hue.

SECONDARY COLOR
Color resulting from the combination of two primary colors (i.e., blue and yellow create green, and red and blue create purple, etc.).

SCALE
Refers to the size of elements in a setting or drawing. In settings, it is the size of elements in relation to one another and the total space. In architectural drawings, an example is 3 inches is equal to 1 foot.

SHAKER STYLE
Simple and uncluttered design reflective of a historic section of Eastern American descent called Shakers. Old, New England elements fall into this category - finials, trestle tables, bolt and tenor detail, cope and stick joinery.  Cabinetry door styles are simple and have a recessed panel design.

SIMPLE ELEMENTS
Design style that utilizes simple, clean lines to sleek, streamlined styling. Uncluttered and clean; a more minimalist approach to design. Is also known as Contemporary or Transitional.

SMOOTH TRANSITIONS
An easy or continuous passage from one point to another.

SPA
A retreat for stress relief and relaxation. Home spas can include whirlpools, showers with multiple showerheads, steam rooms or saunas.

STAIN
An alternative to paint which is used to cover and color a surface, stain is often used to enhance the natural beauty inherent in each type of wood.

STREAMLINED
Linear, uncluttered styling detail. Works well within Simple Elements style.

SUNSET
A nut-brown, semi-transparent finish that gently blends the grain patterns and other characteristics of cherry and hickory.
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TAUPE GLAZE
Old World distressing is enhanced by a soft gray-brown glaze and light brown fly-speck highlights over the semi-transparent, off-white finish. Taupe Glaze is available for birch and maple door styles.

TELECOMMUTING LIFESTYLE
Trend that describes people’s move toward dividing work time between a formal office and a home office.

TEXTURE
The visual or tactile surface characteristics and appearance of an object or surface. In design, the layering or interrelationship of materials to establish a look or style.

THERMOFOIL
Flexible, 100 percent solid-colored vinyl. With adhesive on its underside, it is applied to smooth, engineered wood or MDF which has been formed into a door, drawer or
molding design. It has solid, semi-transparent coloration and is easy to clean and maintain. Ideal for durable areas.

TIMELESS
Not restricted to any particular time or period. Always in good taste or of good design.

TOFFEE
A rich caramel color, Toffee is a warm, semi-transparent finish for birch and maple door styles.

TONE-ON-TONE
Using a narrow range of color in the same range and hue to convey a subtle, layered effect. A monochromatic approach.

TRADITIONAL
Relating to or based on inherited, established or customary design. Design elements are consistent with historic American classic style.

TRANSITIONAL
Clean, uncluttered, open style that utilizes a warm, more contemporary approach. Can be a passage between two design styles.

TRANSLUCENT
Material that transmits and diffuses light so that objects beyond cannot be seen clearly (i.e., frosted glass cabinetry doors).

TRANSPARENT
Material that transmits light through it so objects beyond can be seen clearly (i.e., clear glass cabinetry doors).

TREND
A current style or preference; the general course or prevailing tendency.

TREND MOVEMENT
A direction or general course that is a transformation into another notable trend.
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U
UNIFY
To take multiple items and make them work together as a single unit or a complete overall successful impression.
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VALUE
The relative lightness or darkness of a color.

V-GROOVE
A vertical beaded or grooved door style design. Works well with Restful Retreat style or to highlight finish techniques.                             
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WARM COLORS
Red, orange, and yellow represent warm colors. These colors evoke a sense of energy.

WARMTH
A glowing effect that is often produced by the use of warm colors. Tones, colors and treatments that reflect and convey positive, comforting feelings. The impression gained by viewing materials that are of warm colors and/or rich in detail. WEDGEWOOD GLAZE
Antique blue semi-transparent background with warm dark gray glaze hangup in corners and profile recesses. Fly speck highlights.

WOOD GRAIN
Pattern and texture produced in wood.

WOOD SPECIES
Different types of hardwoods or softwoods. Examples are maple, oak, birch, cherry and hickory.

WORLDLY GRACE
A style that takes from global cultural influences. Tends to be more classic and elaborate in details and adornment. Can also be reminiscent of an area or way of living such as Tuscany, Renaissance, Ethnic, etc.
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