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Top 12 Interior Products of 2015

by Rachel Lyon, The House Designers' Assistant Editorial Director

The interior of your home is where you spend most of your time, so it's no wonder that everybody wants to maximize comfort, convenience, and beauty in this space. As such, 2015 was a year that introduced us to a plethora of fantastic new products for creating the ideal interior environment—from stunning surfaces, to energy-efficient appliances, to fresh ideas to simplify your life. Continue reading to learn which products caught our attention and to find which will inspire you toward living better in the coming year!
1. Beautiful Moulded Millwork
 
1. Beautiful Moulded Millwork

No matter the architectural style of your home, you can dramatically improve its design with some millwork. The wide array of moulded millwork options from Fypon® give you the look you want with all the great benefits of polyurethane—resistance to rot, mildew, insects, warping, and splintering. Fypon® knows that decorative touches should be functional too, and you can even install these pieces in high moisture environments like the bathroom to create the design of your dreams without worry. Fypon® offers all the millwork pieces you need to mix and match to create your own perfect interior. You can even paint and stain moulded millwork to your liking to bring out the best in your home!

Model: Fypon® Smooth Beam, Crown Fascia, Crown Moulding, and Window/Door Casing | Contact Fypon® for a Quote
2. Bold and Neutral Flooring

If you have an eye for modern design, you'll definitely appreciate the new neutral flooring possibilities that are taking off. Gray hardwood floors in particular offer you a low-maintenance and attractive base on which to build a balanced interior. Gray flooring will complement your other design choices—furniture, rugs, drapery—while being an interesting feature on its own. The Casa de Colour Select Pewter Ash from Lumber Liquidators is a domestic hardwood in a rich, dark gray color that is perfect for application throughout your home. It comes prefinished with a 30 year warranty, so you are sure to enjoy many years of its stunning appeal as it enhances your interior.

Model: Lumber Liquidators Casa de Colour 3/4" x 3-1/4" Select Pewter Ash | $4.39 per sq. ft.
 
2. Bold and Neutral Flooring
3. Privacy for Pocket Doors
 
3. Privacy for Pocket Doors

Swinging doors have been the norm in Western homes for centuries, but Eastern design appreciates sliding action in doors because they can be opened and closed without taking up extra space with their motion. Now, pocket doors give us the same efficient operation, and they are especially useful in tight places like bathrooms where a locking mechanism would be appreciated. Enter the range of pocket door locks from Baldwin®, which offer you privacy with high quality hardware in different styles and many finishes to suit your design scheme. From polished chrome and brass, to oil-rubbed and Venetian bronze, to satin black and distressed antique nickel, there are so many finishes available that you are certain to find the perfect one!

Model: Baldwin® Boulder Pocket Door Lock | Contact for Price
4. A Smart Dryer That Installs Anywhere

Shown off at Greenbuild 2015, the 7.3 cu. ft. HybridCare™ Ventless Duet® Dryer with Heat Pump Technology offers intelligent care for clothes and is also Whirlpool's® most efficient dryer. Thanks to true ventless technology, you have the freedom to install this appliance in more places—meaning you can make almost any room your laundry room! It uses less heat than a regular vented dryer, so it's gentler on your clothes, and it also features Advanced Moisture Sensing, which uses three sensors to read ingoing and outgoing air temperatures at the same time as monitoring moisture levels to complete the drying cycle once everything is dry. No damp clothes or exposing your favorite outfits to too much heat—just how you want your dryer to work!

Model: Whirlpool® 7.3 cu. ft. HybridCare™ Ventless Duet® Dryer with Heat Pump Technology | $1,799.00 MSRP
 
4. A Smart Dryer That Installs Anywhere
5. Instant Wood Accenting
 
5. Instant Wood Accenting

A new company we found at the Architectural Digest Show, Stikwood stuck out for its unique and eco-friendly products. Have you ever thought that authentic wood might add something extra to your walls? With a varied selection of colors, aesthetic styles, and finishes, Stikwood's easy-to-apply planks give you extraordinary design freedom. The planks are reclaimed and sustainable, and they work for many applications. Dark, weathered boards for rustic appeal, or white with worn streaking for some modern flair, or even reclaimed sports floor to accent a sports enthusiast's space, there is something that will enhance every décor theme. You can put up a whole wall, surround a fireplace, or dress up a kitchen island—the possibilities are endless!

Model: Stikwood Reclaimed Weathered Wood | $14.00 per sq. ft.
6. A Stunning Overhead Light Option

Draw the eye with a spectacular, intriguing light fixture or two and you'll not only have a functional feature, but a fashionable one that can really increase the charm of your interior. Consider the pendant lighting from LAMPS PLUS® to find a great statement piece to hang above your dining room table, kitchen island, or in your entryway. Pendant lighting is the perfect dining illumination solution because it brings light and warmth exactly where you need them, lower from the ceiling to account for your seated position at the table. Depending on the size and shape of your table, you can choose one outstanding fixture or multiple smaller ones to use in a row. No matter your decision, there is pendant lighting that will fit perfectly in your home.

Model: LAMPS PLUS® Conroe Oil-Rubbed Bronze Metal Cube 18" Wide Pendant Light | $299.99 MSRP
 
6. A Stunning Overhead Light Option
7. Convenient Total Home Automation
 
7. Convenient Total Home Automation

If you're like most people and like to have control at your fingertips, you'll love the SAGE™ by HUGHES® system. We first saw this home automation option at the International Builders Show and it quickly stood out as the only solution that allows users to monitor their home security as well as household temperature and lighting from the convenience of the television and multiple mobile devices—meaning you can see what's going on from inside your home and while you're out. There aren't any fees, either. Easy to install yourself and without any monthly cost, SAGE™ offers an affordable automation solution that gives you everything you want without any of the drawbacks of other systems. So sit back, relax, and monitor your entire home from the comfort of your couch!

Model: SAGE™ by HUGHES® Starter Kit | Contact for Price
8. Bright and White Paint for Unlimited Style

You might think white paint is boring, but it opens the door for so many versatile looks that you'd be remiss to write it off. Benjamin Moore® chose Simply White to be the Color of the Year 2016 for its ability to diffuse light, create ambiance, and provide contrast when used in conjunction with other colors and textures. Try using Simply White together with a bright, bold color to make a custom paint design that makes your home stand out. Or you can pair it with a subdued color that will create a softer atmosphere. With such a flexible paint, you can make it your own! We love Simply White for the beautiful glow it produces with natural light, and we think that you'll appreciate the effect in your home, too!

Model: Benjamin Moore® Color of the Year 2016, Simply White | Price Varies by Product Selected
 
8. Bright and White Paint for Unlimited Style
9. An Outlet Upgrade to Light the Way
 
9. An Outlet Upgrade to Light the Way

Imagine being able to easily navigate through your home at night, without even having to think about it. Thanks to SnapPower Guidelights, you can keep your outlets free for other uses while always having an automatic nightlight on hand as soon as it gets dark. No special wiring is required either—just turn off power to the outlet, remove the original coverplate, insert the SnapPower Guidelight, and screw it into place! The LED lights draws electricity from screws on the side of the outlet, costing less than 10¢ to power per year, and lasting at least 25 years! This highly practical and efficient solution will make your home safer at night, and the only thing you have to do is install it. You can buy SnapPower Guidelights singly or in packs of up to 10, in White, Light Almond, and Ivory.

Model: SnapPower Duplex Guidelight Single in White | $15.00 MSRP
10. A Fireplace for All Seasons

For a truly modern fireplace that delivers beauty with sleek simplicity, look no further than the PRIMO Series Gas Fireplace introduced by Heat & Glo® early last year. Available in 48, 60, and 72" lengths in single-sided as well as see-through models to give you an extra boost of visual interest, PRIMO fireplaces bring the classic appeal of flames to you in a neat minimalistic package. Choose your finish and interior options to make it work with your décor and make a bold statement in your living space. PowerFlow™ Heat Management Technology gives you control over the flow of the heat produced, directing it to the interior or exterior, so you can enjoy this fireplace in comfort no matter the time of year.

Model: Heat & Glo® PRIMO Series Gas Fireplace | Starting at $8,070.00
 
10. A Fireplace for All Seasons
11. An Automated Closet Delivery System
 
11. An Automated Closet Delivery System

Consider a custom, dynamic solution that will bring a new level of ease and organization to your life. The Dynamic Closet® has three installation models, all of which are designed to maximize space usage to give you the most clothes storage along with seamless function. Optimize your space with a motorized garment conveyer belt that will present you with the outfit of your choosing. The automated system will simplify your life and is the perfect answer for those with large wardrobes as well as those with limited mobility. Metalprogetti has been in the business of automated clothes delivery systems for more than thirty years, and this residential system brings industry-level luxury to your own home.

Model: Metalprogetti Dynamic Closet® | Contact for a Quote
12. Vent Covers to Match All Architectural Styles

It's the details that bring it all together, and if your HVAC vent covers aren't adding to your design scheme, it's time to trade up! With more than 30 great designs, including all sorts of geometric patterns and even natural scenery, SteelCrest has a decorative vent cover that will complement your interior. Need something classic for a European home, or maybe you want to incorporate mountain animals into your log cabin? No matter the shape or size of your vents, there is a beautiful cover that will tie into your architecture—and if there isn't one that grabs your eye, you can work to create your own custom solution. Choose the perfect finish and any extra accessories to match your style and your home. What's more, all of SteelCrest's products are made in the USA and come with a limited lifetime warranty!

Model: SteelCrest Gold Series Royal Palm Vent Cover in Brushed Stainless Steel | Contact for Price
 
12. Vent Covers to Match All Architectural Styles
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