Interior design Focal Walls
December 1, 2020

Trim it Out

One of the most important subcontractors involved in a new construction or remodel project is the trim carpenter. Your trim carpenter is the one responsible for making your home look more expensive or less expensive than it really is. Their quality can be shown in pattern matching, layers added and the corners of your home. If you pay close attention, you will start to notice many different levels of quality in the trimwork of homes that you are in- just look up, down and in the corners!


When you want to implement a focal wall, you must have a trim carpenter who can execute your vision and do the math. As an interior designer, I will design a concept for a wall, show you a sketch or a 3D model, but I expect the trim carpenter to create mock-ups for us on the detailed layers and then calculate accordingly in order to implement our vision. Your trim carpenter must be good at math. I am not going to calculate each and every piece of trim- that is their job, so we want a trim carpenter who is willing to create mock-ups and who is good at math!

Wall Design

Why execute a focal wall?

  • To create a focal point in something other than paint or a wallcovering.
  • To highlight architectural features.
  • To bring wood into the equation.
  • To add height with a floor to ceiling work of art.
  • To create contrast- the texture and pattern of the design are a focal point but adding a darker paint color tops it off!

I believe that trim is a make it or break it kind of deal. You want to have different trim throughout your home and make every decision from the baseboard design and height to your crown details. Focal walls are important in designing a high-end home, whether you realize you want them or not, you should be incorporating different levels of trim and allowing different spaces to stand out!

xo dsv


Written by Danielle Saintard Valiente

Danielle Saintard Valiente is an entrepreneur, author, speaker and community advocate in the Cape Fear region. As owner of Port City Design Group, Danielle is living her passion by collaborating with her clients and subcontractors in order to execute one-of-a-kind, life changing designs, while making lifelong relationships. Having lived in Wilmington since 2010, Danielle plans to contribute to the area's growth and continue to make an impact through design.

About Port City Design Group

Port City Design Group is an interior design firm that creates experiences through the turnkey presentation of luxury residential and commercial interiors. PCDG brings communication and organization to the jobsite, while taking the stress off of the client, with an efficient and enjoyable process. With a facility over 4000 square feet, PCDG operates with an office and warehouse all in house, with the ability to take all projects from start to finish, with a BIG REVEAL at the end!