A range hood shouldn't have to look like it belongs in an industrial space. The Wall Carpet certainly doesn't. Sporting undulating lines, the unit measures 36 inches wide and comes with a 450-CFM blower and triple-illumination halogen lighting. It is available with multiple custom options and black, white, blue, and red interchangeable trim. Cost: $4,299. Zephyr Ventilation. 877-937-4975. www.zephyronline.com.
Fresh drywall tends to soak up bold paint colors and alter their appearance. That's why it helps to have an undercoat that's designed to handle stronger hues. Gripper Grey primer is such a product. Designed for use under dark and vibrant shades, the product allows paint to show its true color. It adheres to any surface and can be tinted to nine shades of gray, the company says. Cost: $16 per gallon. ICI Paints. 800-454-3336. www.icipaints.com.
When it comes time to buy door hardware, you no longer have to stress over whether your door swings right or left. The Tustin reversible lever has taken the pain out of the process. Part of the company's Maximum Security line, Tustin can be mounted on left-handed or right-handed doors. The unit has concealed screws for a clean look and a quick-install feature that saves time, the manufacturer says. It is available in a variety of finishes, including polished chrome and satin nickel. Cost: $29.70 to $60. Kwikset. 800-327-5625. www.kwikset.com.
Two In One
It used to be that you could have one or the other: a cast-iron classic soaking tub or a whirlpool for relaxation. Not any more. The manufacturer says this tub satisfies both requirements: The 61-inch tub can be used as a traditional soaking product, but concealed under the base is an air system that can deliver a gentle massage. Made of cast iron and vitreous porcelain, the tub has 18 jets, a variable-speed blower, a heater air system, and a control pad. Cost: $1,550. Sunrise Specialty. 800-444-4280. www.sunrisespecialty.com.
See No Evil
Smoke detectors should be heard (when appropriate) but not seen. usually, they are both. The FCP-500, however, adds a certain level of stealth to a product that generally has none. Designed for architectural applications where aesthetics are important, the unit has a smooth, flush-mounted surface that blends in with the ceiling and a faceplate that can be painted. The cover comes in off-white and clear. Cost: starting at $300. Bosch Security Systems. 800-289-0096. www.boschsecurity.us.
The manufacturer has introduced the fassada line of stainless steel wallplates to coordinate with its black dimmers, switches, and accessories. The two-piece unit has a small toggle opening, rounded edges, and no visible screws, so home buyers can get a clean, modern look. The product comes in one-, two-, and three-gang configurations. Cost: $11. Lutron Electronics. 610-282-3800. www.lutron.com.