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Design Glossary

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Cameo

"1. A decoration carved in relief; usually the raised design and backgroud are contrasting colours.

Cane

Made by weaving together strands of the durable bark from the rattan palm it has traditionally been used in casual tropical decor classic British Colonial furniture and country antiques. Pre-woven sheets of caning or webbing are sold by the foot in varying widths. Much like unfinished wood webbing can be painted or stained. The cane can be cut to fit and glued in place or soaked in water to enhance its flexibility manipulated into shape and then air-dried to regain its tautness.

Casement window

they swing fully open from one side like a door for maximum ventilation. Size and screen permitting they can act as an emergency exit.

Casing

Moulding applied around windows and doors to conceal gaps between walls and jambs.

Chair Rail

Originally used to protect walls from the back of chiars with moulding that runs around a room at the height of a chair (approximately 2-1/2 to 3 feet from the floor). Today it serves a decorative purpose with wainscotting--it's the horizontal strip of wood that divides the panelling and the upper wall.

Cord cleat

A piece of metal hardware used to secure cords from blinds drapery and other window coverings.

Corian

Made by DuPont Corian is a registered trademark and is composed of acrylic polymer and alumina trihydrate. It takes the form of a solid surface used for kitchen countertops and bathroom vanity tops and is versatile enough to be joined moulded and finished into different shapes.

Coverlet

A bed cover that reaches to the top of the bed and to the bottom of the box spring on three sides.

Crown Moulding

Also known as Cornice Moulding. Decorative moulding used to conceal the joint between the ceiling and the wall.

Curtain

Less formal window covering typically made with a rod casing ot hung from rings.

Cut pile

Also called plush or velvet. Loops are cut low to produce dense sturdy tufts of twist yarn at a uniform height. A long-lasting flat smooth surface. Pressure will cause tracking.

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