The coved sides themselves are painted with octagonal panels, diminishing upwards to simulate a lofty pierced dome.
The ceiling was coved, and surrounded by a rich frieze of carving.
In richer examples there might be above the panelling a coved cornice, as at Stowlangtoft and Balsham, Cambridge .
These coved ceilings were introduced into England in the middle of the 17th century.
The nave, too, is covered with a wooden roof, a kind of coved roof with tie-beams.
Its ceiling, coved like the other, seemed made of some self-radiating substance from which came both light and heat.
In rooms of a certain size and height, a flat surface overhead looks monotonous, and the ceiling should be vaulted or coved.
These walls were painted in encaustic, corresponding with the coved ceiling, which was richly adorned in the same fashion.
The coved ceiling, rising from behind the oak cornice, adds greatly to the apparent height of the room.
Sometimes the roof is coved, and the boards are painted in imitation of clouds.
early 14c., "den, cave," from Old English cofa "small chamber, cell," from Proto-Germanic *kubon (cf. Old High German kubisi "tent, hut," German Koben "pigsty," Old Norse kofi "hut, shed"). Extension of meaning to "small bay" is 1580s, apparently via Scottish dialectal meaning "small hollow place in coastal rocks" (a survival of an Old English secondary sense).
"fellow, chap," slang from at least 1560s, said to be from Romany (Gypsy) cova "that man."