Best New Home Products 2010: Finish Materials
A complete cheat sheet to this year's freshest finishing ideas for your home
Faux Impressions Paint by Sherwin-Williams
As specialty wall-finish paints go, this one has to be the easiest to apply—it goes right over a flat latex undercoat—and among the least pricey. Available in effects from polished quartz to antiqued plaster, the 12 paints come pre-tinted or can go over other colors for a custom look.
About $50–$75 per gallon; sherwin-williams.com
Indah Tile Series by Ann Sacks
These decadent 12-by-12-inch wood tiles—hand-carved by Indonesian artisans from sustainably harvested plantation teak—make us do a double take every time. The seven designs include the Horizontal Lines in natural wax and the Circles in dark French polish shown here.
From $82.50 per tile; annsacks.com
We're always leery of greenwashing, but these get the nod for their looks, too. Trikeenan Tileworks repurposes scrap brick for its Boneyard Brick tiles and also waste glazes for a unique sheen; from $8 per square foot; trikeenan.com
Anchor Bay Tile's unique 3-by-6-inch Bamboo Subway Tiles are veneered with bamboo harvested when the reeds are between five and six years old, for optimal hardness; about $25 per square foot; anchorbaytile.com
Bendheim's unique Color Coated EcoGlass is remarkably clear, considering that the majority is recycled content: 25 to 40 percent consumer-recycled glass, 20 percent factory waste. 2 by 2 inches to 5 by 10 feet. From $25 per square foot; bendheim.com
Dragged Papers by Farrow & Ball
After waiting years for an update to this company's classic, textured Dragged papers, our patience paid off in the form of 34 new colors, from brilliant jewel tones to muted pastels. They include Ruby Red (DR 1289), Mint Green (DR 1299), and Royal Blue (DR 694).
About $190 for a double roll; farrow-ball.com