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Design Glossary

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P trap

A P-shaped trap forming a water seal in a sink pipe.

Panel Moulding

Pieces of moulding that are cut and fit together (usually with 45-degree mitred corners) to form any shape most commonly squares or rectangles. It also hides seams and makes panel edges appear inset. Also called beading.

Passementerie

Describes decorative trimmings for drapery including cord braid and beads.

Pedestal Sinks

Pedetal basins lack the storage features and display surfeces of vanities and countertops but are good for maximizing space in a small bathroom. Optional features include backsplashes and soap indents. Faucets are usually mounted right on these sinks but some sinks are sold without holes for use with wall-mounted faucets.

Percale

A smooth cloth finely woven with 180 threads per square inch used to make better-quality linens.

Pilaster

A column-like support projecting partially from a wall and applied to the face of the wall to resemble a column or pillar.

Pillow Sham

A decorative accent pillow cover that dresses up the top of the bed.

Plate Rail

A shallow moulding or ledge affixed to a wall at a height of approximately 5-1/2 to 6- 1/2 feet (or about eye level) that can be used to display plates or collectibles.

Pleated Shade

A window covering that comes in paper vinyl and fabric varierties; has an accordion-style pleat.

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

A thermoplastic polymer that is a cheap and durable replacement for many building materials like wood concrete and clay. As a hard plastic it is commonly used as vinyl sliding flooring pipes and plumbing.

Profile

The contour of the chair railings mouldings casings and baseboards used when panelling.

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