Top interior finishing materials and fixtures for 2023


By Blair Eveleigh

Soft Scandinavian blond wood that’s really vinyl, lights in millions of colours that play music, ceramics that mimic stone, noir-ish ceiling fans that you can control with a remote – there’s a bit of the past and a lot of the future in what’s out there at the moment. Here’s a collection of interior finishing materials and fixtures for right here, right now.


Cosentino Pietra Kode

Looking for timeless style? Cosentino has introduced a new line of its Dekton brand that recalls classical Italian stones: The Pietra Kode collection includes versions based on Vicenza stone, Travertine marble and Ceppo di Gre, noted for its use in many iconic Milan buildings.



Graham & Brown wallpaper

Spring means flowers, right? A new luxury wallpaper collection gives the sense of wildflowers and blooms growing all around. Created by the textile designer Clarissa Hulse, they come in wallpaper and mural formats, with evocative botanical names such as Tania’s Garden, Serendipity Greenhouse and Enchanted Vale.


Daltile Miramo tiles

These glazed ceramic mosaic tiles are designed to bring Moroccan tilework to mind, with six cool, soft colours – called Sand, Aqua, Horizon, Oyster, Reef and Pearl – that have a beachy vibe. They’re available in three different shapes and are not just pretty to look at: They come with imbedded Microban Defend, which the company claims eliminates 99 per cent of surface bacteria.


Bauco Plus II access panels

What’s behind the wall stays hidden behind the wall with these “virtually invisible” access panels (there’s still a 1.6 mm reveal if you look close enough). The panel sits flush to the wall or ceiling and pops open with a mechanical touch-latch – add a keyed lock for extra security. Once it’s installed, further the illusion with wallpaper or paint to blend the panel into the surrounding surface.



Nanoleaf Shapes triangles

Lights with a light touch: These modular smart lighting panels install on any flat surface with included mounting tape and can be arranged in any configuration you can imagine – diamond shape, curving line, animal figure, go wild. They’re Wi-Fi-enabled, so you can sync them to music, and can be controlled by voice, app or touch. And they display millions of colours. We’re thinking kids’ rooms (but adults will enjoy them, too).


Progress Lighting Bastrop Collection transitional ceiling fan

Add a retro touch with this 26-in. three-blade fan that combines grey weathered wooden fan blades with a brushed nickel cage frame construction. It’s rated for damp locations, so it could even work in a covered outdoor patio, for instance. And while this fan looks like a fixture in a film noir detective movie, it comes with a three-speed remote control. Fancy that.


Lumicharge desk lamp

Where did you put that charge cord? No need to search high and low, because the Lumicharge III desk lamp has a charging pad built right into its base. The LED light is dimmable and adjustable for a warmer or cooler colour temperature. It will connect to a smart hub and there’s even a digital clock display.