“Trim Is One Way a Designer Can Create a Signature Look”

January 20, 2015
by Lisa Canning

With the start of the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show today in Las Vegas, my social media streams are filling with gorgeous details—cabinets, faucets, lighting and more. 125,000 design professionals from all over the world descend upon sunny Las Vegas to be inspired by these details.

One detail that can’t be overlooked in a kitchen and bath project is trim. Trim and doors are integral to every room in the house, and rather than considered as an afterthought, can be thought of as a main design component in itself. Then & Now Finishing Collections are the perfect choice to enliven a ceiling, the walls, or add a special detail around a door, an opening or above a window.

Metrie French Curves Kitchen

The Metrie French Curves Collection was used in this kitchen.

The kitchen really is the heart of the home—no longer are kitchens designed as strictly utilitarian spaces closed off from the dining room. They are often integrated into open concept spaces with large communal islands. With this in mind, trim in the kitchen needs to work with the entire living space and can provide continuity and flow to the entire main floor living area.

With more open concept spaces comes more opportunity to design passageways to butler’s pantries or adjacent rooms. Trim can make these transition areas quite dramatic with the use of Then & Now Finishing Collections. And an interior door can be equally dramatic. Installed on barn door tracks or with textured glass inset, the door can become a beautiful focal point.

Metrie Fashion Forward Bathroom

The Metrie Fashion Forward Collection was used in this bathroom.

In the bathroom I find oversize, substantial trim breathtaking in both modern and traditional settings. Around cabinetry or just in a simple baseboard, trim adds that final layer of polish and elegance so desired in a relaxing bathroom space.

In both kitchens and bathrooms, a surface not to be ignored is the ceiling. There’s such an opportunity to create drama on this fifth wall and an excellent way is to do so through trim. In a very traditional grid application, or applied moulding installed in a more organic pattern, trim is a great way to call attention to a most often forgotten about surface.

Trim is one way a designer can create a signature look—and with the variety of profiles in the Then & Now Finishing Collections there is certainly a look for every taste.


Find Metrie at the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas
from January 20 to 22 at booth #C5026.

Metrie offers something that you can’t find anywhere else: professionally designed
Collections of interior finishings, from crowns to Ikons and architraves to interior doors.
Style that lives at the intersection of timeless and modern, of then and now.

Related Posts: Designer Q&A with Lisa Canning 

Lisa Canning
Lisa Canning runs Lisa Canning Interiors, a boutique interior design company based in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Her business provides personalized design plans to create environments that help people live the best life possible. Lisa's passion is ensuring that every room in your home is as beautiful as it is functional for the way you live. (Photo Credit: Katherine-Holland)