When the final details in a design are left to chance, the results can ruin your design. Don't let that happen to you!


So often items such as baseboards, casings, crown mouldings and interior doors are chosen by the contractor or the finishing contractor on site. Without the deep knowledge of the project that you have, they may not be making the best decisions to highlight your designs.

By becoming an expert in Interior Finishings you will be able to specify these elements to complement your kitchen designs and produce spectacular projects.

Once you learn all the ins and outs of Interior Finishings you will control the specifying of these important products and will be able to include them as an additional profit center in your design business. 

At the end of this course, you will be able to:


  • Identify the products that make up the category of Interior Finishings

  • choose the appropriate substrate for the application

  • recognize the decorative possibilities of Interior Finishings for your kitchen design projects

  • integrate Interior Finishings confidently in your kitchen designs

Course Bonus Material

These valuable downloads are included with this course

  • Crown Moulding Sizing Chart

    This chart provides the ideal sizing of crown mouldings, cornice mouldings, crown moulding with picture rail and full entablature for the common ceiling heights.

  • Designer Tips

    This list of 11 Designer Tips by an Interior Finishing expert, will help you confidently specify Interior Finishings for all your design projects.

  • Substrate Comparison Chart

    These two charts provide a comparison of the most popular wood and non-wood substrates available on the market, to help you choose the best one for you projects.

When you enroll in this course you will receive the following:


  • Automatic membership in THE ART, SCIENCE & BUSINESS OF DESIGN private Facebook group

  • The VESTA Design Blog delivered to your inbox

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Click above for a sneak peak at one of the lessons from SPECIFYING INTERIOR FINISHINGS FOR KITCHEN DESIGNERS

Jan Rutgers B.Sc. H.Ec.


Jan is a Professional Kitchen Designer with experience designing and developing Interior Finishings for the North American market. She deeply understands Interior Finishings and believes by implementing this category into your design practice you will add a revenue source and elevate your kitchen designs. She developed this PILLAR course to bring her expertise to you!

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PILLAR COURSES are ideal for Kitchen Designers with some experience and will help you take your kitchen design business to the next level!

Course curriculum

  • 01

    Introduction and Learning Objectives

    • Welcome and Overview

  • 02

    An Introduction to Interior Finishings

    • What are Interior Finishings?

    • Core Trim

    • Crown Moulding Sizing Chart

    • Layering and Ornamental Trim

    • Interior Doors

    • Ceiling and Wall Treatments

    • Stairways, Posts and Columns

    • Test Your Learnings

  • 03

    Working with Trim

    • Trim Substrates

    • Substrate Comparison Chart

    • When Trim Goes Wrong

    • Test Your Learnings

  • 04

    Interior Finishings in the Kitchen

    • Trim in the Kitchen

    • Ceiling Treatments in the Kitchen

    • Wall Treatments and Interior Doors in the Kitchen

    • Stairways, Posts and Columns in the Kitchen

    • Test Your Learnings

  • 05

    Trim and Kitchen Cabinetry

    • Integrating Trim with Kitchen Cabinetry

    • Before and After Kitchen with Trim

  • 06

    The Business of Kitchen Design

    • Adding Interior Finishings to Your Kitchen Design Business

    • Designer Tips for Specifying Interior Finishings for Kitchen Designers

    • Test Your Learnings