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Top 10 Interior Products 2016

by Rachel Lyon, Editorial Director for The House Designers

If you’re searching for interior inspiration, look no further! We’ve gathered some of our favorite products that will help complete your living spaces with style, and of course we’ve considered those that add safety and convenience, too. No matter your needs, you’re sure to discover a beautiful design trend or an innovative addition to incorporate into your own house. Read on to see what caught our eyes in 2016!

1. Enduring Neutral Stone Design
1. Enduring Neutral Stone Design

Stone has always had a home around the fireplace, but it makes an attractive accent throughout the interior. Whether sleek with crisp lines or rough and weathered, it provides style that’s hard to imbue with other media. Eldorado Stone has a large catalog of stone veneer with impeccable authentic looks to address any design desire—perhaps you’d like a unique accent wall or surround—and there are plenty of color options, too. Why not try something with timeless appeal like European Ledge® in a neutral hue? Add a defining layer of texture and character to your space with the stone of your choosing and see the ambiance in your home instantly transform!

Model: Eldorado Stone European Ledge® in Zinc | Contact for a Quote
2. A Space-Saving Laundry Set

Downsizing means you have to creatively address how you use your space, and laundry appliances stepped up to really address that this year. Whirlpool® introduced some pretty nifty models you can install wherever you have the room, even if that means tucking them into a closet! Designed to fit into spaces just 33" deep and with no need for a vent outlet, the CES 2016 Innovation Award-winning 4.2 cu. ft. washer and 7.4 cu. ft. HybridCare™ True Ventless Heat Pump Dryer launder gently and with energy efficiency in mind, and they can be stacked to preserve more of your precious square footage. Anybody looking for even smaller appliances will be excited for the 2.3 cu. ft. 24" Compact Washer and the 4.3 cu. ft. True Ventless Heat Pump Compact Dryer that will be available in early 2017, too!

Model: Whirlpool® 4.2 cu. ft. Front Load Washer with Closet-Depth Fit | $1,399.00 MSRP
2. A Space-Saving Laundry Set
3. A Dark and Beautiful Renewable Floor
3. A Dark and Beautiful Renewable Floor

Every interior design must have a base, and that base is the floor beneath it. Dark wood floors are a gorgeous choice that help make every other design decision pop a little more, and we’re seeing renewed interest in them and the traditional and elegant impression they impart. You’ll find all sorts of rich and appealing dark floors at Lumber Liquidators, and we love that there are plenty of options in the category of bamboo flooring as well. Bamboo stalks re-grow naturally and quickly, making this a fantastic eco-friendly flooring choice. The exceptional durability of strand bamboo is great in high-traffic areas, so install with confidence!

Model: Lumber Liquidators Morning Star Ultra 9/16" x 7-1/2" Vintage Java Bamboo | $2.99/sq. ft.
4. Stunning Lightweight Woodgrain Beams

Exposed beams are a striking built-in design element that many homeowners love, but solid wood comes at a high price due to availability, harvesting, and shipping. If you’re set on an overhead work of art, you’ll be happy to know that Fypon® added woodgrain beams to their extensive catalog in 2016. With four textures to choose from, you can give your great room or master suite a truss system with a pristine grain pattern or a handcrafted look that features notched ax marks. The polyurethane beams can be stained to your liking, and Fypon® also offers beam plates and straps for the perfect finishing touch. There’s a beautiful choice for every interior design!

Model: Fypon® Truss System with Mesa Profile Woodgrain Beams | Contact for a Quote
4. Stunning Lightweight Woodgrain Beams
5. A Coordinated Color Scheme
5. A Coordinated Color Scheme

Choosing a coherent color palette doesn’t come naturally to everybody, but that doesn’t mean you should default to white walls. BEHR® has released their Color Currents 2017 with three collections to help consumers create beautiful interiors with the vibes they most often wish to achieve—comfortable, composed, and confident—and you can see how each affects the space it is applied to. With beautiful pastels, the Comfortable Palette is perfect if relaxation is your goal. The Composed Palette is earthy and mature for refined tastes, while the Confident Palette makes bold use of deep warm and cool colors. Check them out—they’re here for a limited time only!

Model: BEHR® Color Currents 2017 Comfortable Palette Featuring Peek a Blue (T17-04) and That's My Lime (T17-16) | Price Varies by Product
6. A Safety Nightlight

We’ve seen some great things come from SnapPower on a yearly basis since 2014—their GuideLight and USB Charger coverplates have picked up awards while improving household safety and convenience—so we were excited when their 2016 product was recently unveiled. The SnapPower SafeLight combines a built-in LED nightlight with four settings and sliding outlet covers to help prevent electrical shocks. Just move a cover to the side to use the outlet, and it’ll slide to block the socket again when the plug is removed. SnapPower addresses dual needs of families with young kids with the SafeLight, and it installs easily and is available in cost-saving packs of up to 10!

Model: SnapPower Duplex SafeLight | $17.00 MSRP
6. A Safety Nightlight
7. Eco-Friendly Reclaimed Wood Furniture
7. Eco-Friendly Reclaimed Wood Furniture

Be sure to check out VivaTerra if you’re looking for amazing eco-friendly furnishings for your home. This reclaimed wood furniture is unique and gorgeous, keeps perfectly usable material out of landfills, reduces demand on our forests, and is made by skilled craftsmen, many of whom reside right here in the USA. It’s a great choice for a healthful home as well—see the additional information tab on each product to see what kinds of stains and glues are used in its construction. You'll find that being environmentally conscious directly benefits yourself as well! Not very often can you receive so much background on your furniture, or have the chance to introduce some history into your home with tables, shelves, beds, and more!

Model: VivaTerra Vintage Fir Topanga Wood Collage Platform Bed | $2,995.00 MSRP
8. Beautiful Artwork by Independent Artists

Finding quality, ready-to-hang artwork just got easier thanks to a partnership between Pottery Barn Kids and Minted, a marketplace where independent creators sell their art online. The Minted x Pottery Barn Kids wall art collection is diverse and allows you to select the print size and frame color you want, and there are even more pieces to discover at Minted x PBTeen. Don’t be fooled by the names—people of all ages will love these designs, and you’ll be supporting independent artists with every purchase. It isn’t hard to fill your home with artwork by talented individuals dedicated to their crafts anymore, so take advantage of the opportunity—there are plenty of options to suit décors of all styles.

Model: Minted x Pottery Barn Kids Dapper Zebra Wall Art by Kristin Dills| Price Varies by Size
8. Beautiful Artwork by Independent Artists
9. A Gentle Touch for Recessed Lighting
9. A Gentle Touch for Recessed Lighting

Recessed lighting is commonly used for ambient light in homes, and while it is a great source of illumination that works with just about every interior design, it is usually harsh and can cause glare and eyestrain. The strong direct light of a canned light comes from shining a bare bulb down from above, and when you think about it, it’s kind of like using a lamp without a lampshade—silly, right? The permanence of recessed lighting used to leave homeowners with few options, but now Softlites make it possible to disperse that harsh light into a gentle glow. These nifty diffusers install in seconds; just slip them into place under the trim around the bulb and experience the difference!

Model: Softlites in Midnight Black| $19.88 per Shade
10. Custom Insulating Shades

If you’ve ever felt a draft near a window, you’ll know how they can easily be a major source of household inefficiency. Minimizing the strain on your HVAC system can be as simple as choosing insulating cellular shades, but the choices are often very limited and plain. Hunter Douglas offers nothing but custom window treatments, and that includes highly efficient honeycomb shades. With horizontal and vertical orientations, a range of colors, different operating systems, and even specialty shapes available, you can outfit all your windows in the best way possible. Each order is assembled in the United States with specific windows in mind, so find a local dealer to see what they can do for your home!

Model: Hunter Douglas Duette® Architella® Honeycomb Shades with Reception Fabric in Willow Color | Contact for a Quote
10. Custom Insulating Shades
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