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(pronounced rih-VEEL)

Let us reveal what a reveal is – in the architecture and design world, of course. We simply have used the term to describe a small notch or space used as a design technique to add definition and to create an illusion of depth or thickness in a wall, ceiling, or series of panels. This definition is what is reflected in the associated images (courtesy of However, when researching a little further, we found that a “reveal” can mean a variety of things, all similar in nature, but each a little different (who knew”!”):

  • A small return, which is at right angles to the face of the work, surrounding an arch, window, or doorway to suggest depth and thickness.
  • Portion of a jamb that is revealed at the edge of a window or door casing.
  • The clearance between the panel and inside of frame.
  • An opening in the skirt that reveals a separate panel underneath.
  • In an overlay door mounting application, the exposed portion of the cabinet side panel not covered by the door when closed.
  • The end of a door that is exposed only when the door is open.
  • When in a “closed” position, the dimension from the inside face of a door to the face of the frame at the side opposite from the direction of the door swing.
  • The area of masonry or frame visible between the outer face of a wall and a door or window which is set back from it.
  • A visible edge of a door or window opening in a wall not covered by the frame.
  • The surface at the side of an opening indicating the thickness of a wall.
  • The amount of space between the top of a tread to the stop of a stringer or in front of the first riser.
  • In carpentry, a feature resembling a rabbet, but constructed of separate pieces of wood. A reveal may typically be seen at the edge of a door or window where the face molding is set back to reveal the edge of the casing plank.