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Glossary

ACCENTS
A contrast, outline or highlight for added detail and emphasis.
ACCESSORIES
Anything that you add to your cabinets to enhance their functionality. This includes decorative hardware, Harmony® Storage Solutions, and other useful cabinet enhancements.
AKBD (An Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer)
An Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer is a certified professional with a minimum of 2 years of kitchen/bath industry experience – they are knowledgeable in product selection, space planning, materials, and finishes. An AKBD must meet specific educational requirements, as well as pass a comprehensive academic exam.
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.
ANTIQUE BISCOTTI with TAUPE GLAZE
A Biscotti painted finish background with Taupe Glaze hang-up in corners and profile recesses with flyspeck highlights. Prior to finishing, doors and drawer fronts 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. Available on selected birch and maple styles.
ANTIQUE CHOCOLATE with MOCHA GLAZE
This chocolate stain background features a Mocha Glaze hang-up in corners and profile recesses with flyspeck highlights. Prior to finishing, doors and drawer fronts 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. Available on selected birch and cherry styles.
ANTIQUE OATMEAL with EBONY GLAZE
A warm neutral semi-opaque background with Ebony Glaze hang-up in corners and profile recesses with flyspeck highlights. An additional warm brown tone is rubbed on to accent relief areas. Prior to finishing, doors and drawer fronts 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. Available on selected maple styles.
ANTIQUE GLAZED FINISHES
To create the look of freshly restored heirloom cabinetry, the wood is first over-sanded and distressed with random impression marks. A base stain is then applied, followed by a carefully hand-wiped glaze to create soft highlights in the corners and recesses. For an additional accent of color, a highlight glaze is hand-applied to the recesses in the doors and drawer fronts.
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.
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.
BASE CABINET
These are cabinets that are installed on the floor or ground, as opposed to Wall Cabinets which are installed at eye-level.
BATH SUITE
A spacious personal care environment to relax the body and mind typically attached to a master bedroom or master suite.
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
Birch is a medium density hardwood with a distinct, moderate grain pattern that ranges from straight to wavy or curly. The predominant sapwood color is white to creamy yellow while the heartwood varies in color from medium or dark brown to reddish brown. This range in color makes a distinctive statement in your Birch cabinetry selection, and works beautifully to achieve any look, from a more casual space to a refined setting. See also Rustic Birch.
BISCOTTI
An Biscotti painted finish for selected maple styles.
BISCOTTI with COCOA GLAZE
A Biscotti painted finish background with Cocoa Glaze hang-up in corners and profile recesses. Available on selected maple styles.
BISCOTTI with COCONUT GLAZE
A Biscotti painted finish background with Coconut Glaze hang-up in corners and profile recesses. Available on selected birch and maple 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.
BURNISHED AUTUMN BLUSH
An autumn blush stain finish with a deep brown stain rubbed on to accent relief areas. Prior to finishing, doors and drawer fronts receive random “factory applied” worm holes, compression marks and corner over-sanding duplicating the look of distressed furniture. Available on selected cherry styles.
BURNISHED CABERNET
A cabernet stain finish with a deep brown stain rubbed on to accent relief areas. Prior to finishing, doors and drawer fronts receive random “factory applied” worm holes, compression marks and corner over-sanding duplicating the look of distressed furniture. Available on selected cherry styles.
BURNISHED CHESTNUT
A chestnut stain finish with a deep brown stain rubbed on to accent relief areas. Prior to finishing, doors and drawer fronts receive random “factory applied” worm holes, compression marks and corner oversanding duplicating the look of distressed furniture. Available on selected maple styles.
BURNISHED CHOCOLATE
A chocolate stain finish with a deep brown stain rubbed on to accent relief areas, with fly spec highlights. Prior to finishing, doors and drawer fronts receive random “factory applied” worm holes, compression marks and corner over-sanding duplicating the look of distressed furniture. Available on selected cherry styles.
BURNISHED GINGER
This spicy ginger finish includes a warm brown stain rubbed on to accent relief areas, enhanced with fly speck highlights. Prior to finishing, doors and drawer fronts receive random "factory applied" worm holes, compression marks and corner over-sanding duplicating the look of distressed furniture. Available on selected cherry and maple styles.
BURNISHED FINISHES
This warm, traditional look adds depth to the cabinetry for a finish that is commonly found on fine furniture. The wood is first over-sanded and distressed. A darkening stain is then artistically applied to the corners and raised areas of the doors and drawer fronts to create a burnished effect. A hand-wiped base stain completes the finish technique.
CABERNET
A deep, dark, semi-transparent finish reminiscent of burgundy wine. Choose Cabernet for birch or cherry door styles.
CAMED GLASS
Cut glass with zinc caming adds detail and creates visual interruptions in the glass and the objects displayed behind it.
CANVAS
A creamy white painted finish for selected maple styles.
CANVAS with COCOA GLAZE
A canvas painted finish background with Cocoa Glaze hang-up in corners and profile recesses. Available on selected maple styles.
CARAMEL
A warm golden nut-like finish, providing a subtle natural appearance. Available on selected birch and maple styles.
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.
CBD (Certified Bathroom Designer)
Certified Bathroom Designers have a minimum of 7 years experience designing residential bathroom spaces – they are highly skilled in design, space planning, and product selection, and have extensive knowledge of building codes, fixtures, flooring materials, and mechanical/plumbing systems. They write specifications and draw plans that are easily interpreted by plumbers, electricians, and installers. A CBD must meet specific educational requirements, as well as pass a comprehensive academic and practical exam.
CHERRY
Cherry is an elegant, multi-colored hardwood, which may contain small knots and pin holes. Natural or light stains accent these color variations making a distinctive statement in a full kitchen. Like a good wine, Cherry wood will naturally darken or "mellow" with age and will look richer over time.  Exposure to natural light will hasten this process, which wood lovers consider a natural benefit to owning solid cherry cabinetry.
CHESTNUT
Toasty medium brown enriched with reddish overtones, Chestnut is a semi-transparent finish for maple and birch styles.
CHOCOLATE
A luscious, medium-brown finish, accentuated with fly speck highlights available on birch and cherry styles.
CHOCOLATE with EBONY GLAZE
A chocolate stain background with Ebony Glaze hang-up in corners and profile recesses with flyspeck highlights. Available on selected cherry styles.
CHOCOLATE with MOCHA GLAZE
A chocolate stain background with Mocha Glaze hang-up in corners and profile recesses with flyspeck highlights. Available on selected oak styles.
CINNAMON
A spicy, reddish-brown finish with golden overtones, Cinnamon is a semi-transparent finish for birch, cherry and maple styles.
CKD (Certified Kitchen Designer)
Certified Kitchen Designers have a minimum of 7 years experience designing residential kitchen spaces. They are highly skilled in design, space planning and product selection and have extensive knowledge of building codes, flooring materials, appliances, and mechanical systems. They write specifications and draw plans that are easily interpreted by plumbers, electricians, and installers. A CKD must meet specific educational requirements and pass a comprehensive academic and practical exam.
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.
CLASSIC GLASS
Classic glass features minimal patterns and texture, with or without bevels, so you can display your serving ware and collectibles.
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.
CMKBD (Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer)
A Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer is a designer who has obtained both CKD and CBD certification, has over 10 years of kitchen /bath industry experience, and has been nationally recognized through design competitions, industry awards, printed publications, or television spots. A CMKBD must also meet specific educational requirements.
COGNAC
A medium brown semi-transparent finish with pale yellow and dark brown undertones available on birch, cherry, hickory, maple and oak styles.
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 PALETTE
An arrangement or grouping of colors that reflects a particular range of color selections.
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.
CORBEL
A decorative bracket that can sometimes be used as a practical support piece for mantels, shelves and more.
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.
CROWN MOLDING
In general, this is any molding that is applied to the top of wall cabinets.
COREGUARD
An engineered polymer used in the cabinet helps protect against damage from liquids and is non-absorbant, making it easier to clean and maintain
DENTIL MOLDING
Any trim molding with a tooth-like pattern.
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.
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.
DOVE WHITE
A white painted finish for selected maple styles.
DRESSING ROOM
A separate room or adjacent area added to a personal care space for dressing and adorning oneself.
ECLECTIC
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.
ETCHED GLASS
Features finely etched patterns over a lightly sanded texture.
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. It is also available for birch, cherry, hickory and maple styles.
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.
FULL OVERLAY
Cabinet door styles that cover most of the face frame, giving prominence to the door and drawer design.
GARNET with EBONY GLAZE
A deep red semi-opaque background with Ebony Glaze hang-up in corners and profile recesses; flyspeck highlights. Available on selected birch and maple styles.
GENERATIONAL
Timeless, appealing to all ages. Planning and design that facilitates or refers to multi-generational needs or applications.
GINGER with SABLE GLAZE
A ginger toned background with Sable Glaze hang-up in corners and profile recesses..Available on selected cherry and maple styles.
GLASS
A transparent to translucent material used to decorate, add variation, and allow for display. Available on a wide range of color, tones and textural patterns for personal expression and decoration.
GLAZE FINISH
A base stain is applied to the wood, followed by a hand-wiped glaze in the corners and recesses, adding richness. A highlight glaze is then hand-applied to the recesses in the doors and drawer fronts for an accent that further enhances the color depth in door and drawer profiles.
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.
GREEN
Environmentally friendly.
HAZELNUT GLAZE  with MOCHA GLAZE
A creamy white semi-opaque background with Mocha Glaze hang-up in corners and profile recesses with flyspeck highlights. Available on selected birch and maple styles.
HICKORY
Hickory is strong, open grained wood known for its flowing grain pattern and dramatic variation in color—a “wood lover’s wood”. It’s not uncommon to see doors or parts of doors that range in color from light to a deep brown when finished in a light or natural stain. Darker stains will mildly tone these color variations while knots and mineral streaks can also be evident in the finish. End grain is open and will often telegraph the finish. These characteristics are what make each Hickory cabinet and kitchen unique, while crossing a variety of designs.
HIGHLIGHTED FINISHES
A base stain is applied to the wood followed by a highlight glaze that is carefully hand-applied to the recesses in the doors and drawer fronts. This adds a rich accent of color without changing the appearance of the base stain.
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.
HONEY SPICE with MOCHA HIGHLIGHT
A golden background with hand applied Mocha Glaze highlights in corners and profile recesses for selected birch, cherry, hickory, maple and oak 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.
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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KAFFÉ
A warm, rich brown semi-transparent finish with deep brown undertones and black overtones.
LAYERED GLASS
Combines tempered glass with a choice of unique materials (such as rice paper, metallic film or other layers) to create a special effect through color or pattern. The material is sandwiched between the glass layers.
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.
MAPLE
Maple is a strong wood that is mostly off-white in its raw state. Hard maple is somewhat uniform in appearance, making it ideal for smooth, clean looks. It is usually straight-grained but can be wavy or even curly. Hard maple contains light hues of yellow-brown and pink and occasionally light tan or reddish-tinged streaks that will darken with stain. Burling, bird's eye markings and grain variations may also be inherent in maple cabinets.  Maple is a popular selection for a more even-toned wood species. You can even mix finishes and wood species to create a more eclectic room.
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.
METALLIC ACCENTS (GLASS)
Glass surrounded by metal, available on face-mounted on aluminum (Fresco) or rear-mounted glass behind the aluminum frame (Vestro).
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 with MOCHA GLAZE
An antique green background with Mocha Glaze hang-up in corners and profile recesses; flyspeck highlights. Available on selected birch, maple and oak styles.
MOVEMENT
The progression and evolution of a trend, thought or design concept.
MULLION GLASS
Combines wood mullion divides with clear or textured glass. The wood mullions coordinate with the door and frame materials and finish.
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. Available on oak, birch, hickory or maple door styles.
NATURAL
The superior protection of the DuraKraft® 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.
NATURAL with COCOA HIGHLIGHT
This natural background with hand applied Cocoa Glaze features highlights in corners and profile recesses for selected birch, cherry, hickory, maple and oak 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.
NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association)
NKBA Education is provided across North America. More than 200 professional development courses will be held in 2009. There are over 50 NKBA Accredited/Supported Colleges and Universities NKBA Certification is the gold standard in the kitchen and bath industry. The NKBA offers three levels of certification; Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer (AKBD), Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD), Certified Bath Designer (CBD), and Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD). These certifications are gained by displaying industry knowledge and experience as well as passing proctored examinations.
OAK
Oak has a prominent, open grain that ranges in color from white, to yellow, to reddish brown. Sometimes streaked with green, yellow or black mineral deposits, red oak’s strong grain often varies from closely knit to a distinctive, sweeping arch pattern. Its timeless beauty blends with many different designs.
ONYX
A painted black finish for maple accent pieces only.
PAINTED FINISHES
Several coats of heavily pigmented stain saturate the wood for rich, beautiful color. These finishes are semi-opaque, which means some of the natural beauty of the wood grain may be visible.
PALETTE
A grouping or family of colors.
PATTERNED
A decorative design, as for wallpaper, textile fabrics, etc., used in a layering effect.
PEPPERCORN
A dark brown finish with rich black overtones available on cherry and oak styles.
PEWTER with GRAPHITE GLAZE
A subtle gray semi-opaque background with Graphite Glaze with flyspeck highlights. The glaze provides a warm gray wash overall and darker hang-up in corners and profile recesses. Available on selected birch and maple styles.
PRALINE
A golden semi-transparent finish with yellow overtones, Praline is available for selected birch and maple door styles.
PRALINE with MOCHA HIGHLIGHT
A golden background with yellow overtones and hand applied Mocha Glaze highlight in corners and profile recesses for selected maple styles.
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. 
QUARTERSAWN OAK
Red Oak is a strong, open-grained wood that has a range in color of white, yellow and pink. Red Oak is sometimes streaked with green, yellow and black mineral deposits and may contain some wide grain. Quartersawn refers to the method of cutting the Red Oak. Boards are cut through the radius of the rings allowing wavy gravy and flaked patterns to show on the face.
RANGE
A combination cooktop and oven.
RECESSED DOOR
A flat panel held inside the perimeter of a door. A flat panel recesses between the stiles and rails.
RUSTIC BIRCH
A Rustic birch door style features knotty or character hickory wood. It contains character marks such as heartwood and mineral streaks of varying size. Components of these doors are chosen at random, with the appearance of each individual door varying widely from very rustic to relatively clear and unmarked.
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.
SMOOTH TRANSITIONS
An easy or continuous passage from one point to another.
SOFFIT
In kitchen design terms, a soffit is a dropped ceiling that can add dimension or architectural detail.
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.
STAINED FINISHES
To create this natural look, a stain color is thoroughly applied and hand-rubbed onto the doors and drawer fronts to ensure equal coverage of color.
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.
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.
TEXTURED GLASS
Patterned glass creates a translucent window into cabinets that softens and diffuses the look of what is behind the glass.
THERMOFOIL
Thermofoil cabinetry styles feature solid hardwood face frames that are finished to blend with the color of the door. Doors and drawer fronts are finished with high quality thermofoil applied with intense heat for maximum adhesion to the door. While great care has been taken to match the finish of the frame to the laminate, due to the difference in material and texture, the color will blend and some color variations can be expected throughout.  The DuraKraft® topcoat is oven-cured and hand-sanded between coats for a beautiful, long-lasting finish.
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.
UNFINISHED
Our cabinetry, molding and accessories are available unfinished, though you must order unfinished wood veneer skins, plywood construction or wood ends for all cabinets with exposed ends. Because unfinished cabinets lack the protection of a finish coat and are more susceptible to damage from variations in temperature and humidty, KraftMaid does not recommend or warranty this option.
UNIFY
To take multiple items and make them work together as a single unit or a complete overall successful impression.
V-GROOVE
A vertical beaded or grooved door style design. Works well with Restful Retreat style or to highlight finish techniques.
VALUE
The relative lightness or darkness of a color.
VINTAGE BISCOTTI
A biscotti painted finish with an artistic over-sanding technique applied to accent and relief areas, creating the vintage look of fine furniture. Prior to finishing, the doors and drawer fronts receive random “factory applied” worm holes, compression marks and corner over-sanding.
VINTAGE CANVAS
A canvas painted finish with an artistic over-sanding technique applied to accent and relief areas creating the vintage look of fine furniture. Prior to finishing, the doors and drawer fronts receive random “factory applied” worm holes, compression marks.
VINTAGE DOVE WHITE
A dove white painted finish with an artistic over-sanding technique applied to accent and relief areas, creating the vintage look of fine furniture. Prior to finishing, the doors and drawer fronts receive random “factory applied” worm holes, compression marks and corner oversanding.
VINTAGE ONYX
An onyx painted finish with an artistic over-sanding technique applied to accent and relief areas creating the vintage look of fine furniture. Prior to finishing, the doors and drawer fronts receive random “factory applied” worm holes, compression marks and corner over-sanding.
VINTAGE WILLOW
A willow painted finish with an artistic oversanding technique applied to accent and relief areas creating a vintage adornment. Prior to finishing, the doors and drawer fronts receive random “factory applied” worm holes, compression marks and corner oversanding duplicating the look of distressed furniture.
VINTAGE FINISHES
This finish creates the look of heirloom cabinetry that’s been well-used and loved. The wood is first distressed and over-sanded.  Several coats of heavily pigmented stain are then applied followed by another round of over-sanding on the corners and edges of doors and drawer fronts.
WALL CABINET
These cabinets are installed at, or above, eye-level. Sometimes called an "upper cabinet."
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.
WILLOW
A soft, light green painted finish for selected maple styles.
WOOD GRAIN
Pattern and texture produced in wood.
WOOD TYPE / MATERIAL
Different types of hardwoods or softwoods. Examples are maple, oak, quartersawn oak, birch, rustic birch, cherry and hickory.
WHISPERTOUCH HINGE
A soft-close feature is incorporated into the hinge, eliminating the need for post installation and providing a practical solution for cutting down slamming doors.

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