This month, we bring you our annual report on the kitchen and bath design trends that hold the greatest appeal for buyers.
2016 Top 100 Products: Interior Products
Products from Access Lighting, Benjamin Moore, ClosetMaid, Country Wood Flooring, Heat & Glo, New Ravenna, Sherwin-Williams, Sustainable Materials, and Whirlpool.
To see products in the other 2016 Top 100 categories, click here.
Cork Bricks / Sustainable Materials
Cork Bricks from Sustainable Materials are three-dimensional pieces of renewable cork bark that are imported from Portugal and are available in three sizes and thicknesses. These interior wall décor bricks are pre-finished; come in six natural, neutral colors; and are made from naturally harvested and rapidly renewable cork. The bricks offer more than just aesthetic appeal, as they also reduce noise, can be used as a push-pin board, and have self-adhesive backing for easy peel-and-stick installation.
Direct-Vent Gas Fireplace / Heat & Glo
Combining the modern design style sought by homebuyers with the unique installation applications that builders need, Heat & Glo’s REVO Direct Vent gas fireplaces simply hang on the wall or are recessed in-wall, saving space and eliminating the need for a chase. The contemporary series can be installed during any stage of building and in a single trip. Once a hole is made in the wall for the 7-inch-deep unit and the SLP venting pipe is set, the lightweight unit is hung on mounting brackets. The REVO Series fireplaces produce heat output up to 24,000 Btu and come in square, horizontal, or vertical models, with multiple front and panel finish options and optional LED backlighting.
Mosaic Tile / New Ravenna
New Ravenna’s Sea Glass collection, designed by Sara Baldwin, offers mosaics made in the U.S. hand-cut and assembled by artisans in Virginia. Each mosaic is a custom creation made to fit a specific installation. There are eight mosaic designs, with patterns available in multiple colors and tones inspired by nature. The designs can be created in any of New Ravenna’s 70-plus colors of glass and installed on either vertical or horizontal surfaces, both indoors and out.
Solid Wood and Engineered Flooring / Country Wood Flooring
With a selection of engineered and solid wood flooring—hardwood species include oak (shown), maple, and birch, as well as exotic woods such as cumaru (Brazilian teak) and mahogany—Country Wood Flooring offers wire-brushed and oil-finished planks to emphasize the natural depth and character of the materials used. Five Country Wood collections are available and include more than 100 choices of colors and styles.
Lighting / Access Lighting
Access Lighting offers customized LED and fluorescent luminaires and focuses on providing trending contemporary designs with the latest energy-efficient technology at competitive prices. The 25-year-old contemporary lighting manufacturer moved this year to Irvine, Calif., into a new facility with modern assembly and modification lines, a bigger warehouse, and an on-site showroom. Access sells its state-of-the-art products through online dealers and distributors nationwide.
Ventless Dryer / Whirlpool
The Hybrid Heat Pump technology in the ventless Whirlpool HybridCare clothes dryer gives builders and designers the flexibility to place dryers virtually anywhere in the home. And, because it repurposes energy during the drying cycle, the HybridCare dryer uses less energy. Its Advanced Moisture Sensing—with three modes: Speed, Eco, and Balanced—provides optimal drying results and helps to prevent damage caused by overdrying.
Paints & Coatings / Sherwin-Williams
Sherwin-Williams is a 150-year-old manufacturer and distributor of paint and coating products under such brands as Sherwin-Williams, Dutch Boy, Krylon, Minwax, Thompson’s Water Seal, and many others. The company’s eponymous brand is exclusively sold through more than 4,600 neighborhood stores and facilities in North America, while its other products are available at leading mass merchandisers, home centers, and independent dealers, retailers, and distributors. Sherwin-Williams’ newer products include Super Deck, a deck-care finishing system; Paint Shield, an EPA-registered microbicidal paint; and the ColorSnap integrated color selection system (shown).
Professional Services / Closetmaid
The maker of wood, ventilated wire, and mixed closet and storage systems also offers a comprehensive resource to help builders simplify the design, sale, ordering, and installation of ClosetMaid products. A ClosetMaid Professional Service representative can assist with design, selection, and scheduling installation through the company’s installing dealer network. The reps also provide product line and point-of-sale collateral support for showrooms and model homes.
Paints and Coatings / Benjamin Moore
The Corotech line of more than 40 paints, primers, and coatings made by Complementary Coatings, a Benjamin Moore company, includes high-performance epoxies formulated for one-coat application on interior concrete floors. Corotech’s floor coatings provide superior chemical, abrasion, and impact resistance for industrial and commercial applications. The company also makes waterproofing sealers for concrete blocks and masonry.