January 24 at #KBtribechat – From Cooling to Cooking to Cool: Kitchen Design Crushes

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by BlueStar Cooking

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What Does Your Dream Kitchen Look Like? Do you dream in monochromatic  or in color? Is performance equal to design in your customers’ eyes or does one take precedence over the other? What’s trending now – and what would you like to see trending next – whether it’s design or function or both. How can we incorporate storing and preparation into the kitchen design? Join BlueStar® for a timely post-KBIS chat on what you’re crushing on now and what makes the perfect kitchen design.

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Our KBtribechat Questions: 

  1. If you could design your dream kitchen, what would it look like?
  2. What style trends are you crushing on that you didn’t three years ago? Show pictures!
  3. 2018 has seen its share of colors of the year – from Ultra Violet, to Hot Red to Oceanside. Do these colors really affect kitchen design?
  4. In what ways so you incorporate color in the kitchen to stay on trend, and yet be timeless?
  5. What are the most prevalent finishes in appliances today?  Are you projects leaning more towards color or is Stainless still King?
  6. When it comes to appliances, what finish or color would you like to see? What colors are you seeing dominate in the kitchen in general today? Show pictures!
  7. Function or Color/Design: Which is more important to your clients?
  8. How do you incorporate function  into a design for clients who love to cook?
  9. How would you define true commercial style kitchen design? What elements do your clients ask you for and why?
  10. How important are the appliances when designing?  How important are customization options in appliances – whether it’s size, cooktop configurations, moveable parts or color and trims.
  11. We all know that a range is an important ingredient in any chef’s kitchen, but what about the refrigerator? How important is the fridge? In storage and capacity? In overall appearance? In function? Which size do you prefer?  Do you prefer Swing or French Door?
  12. Pop-Up survey – where do you go to get kitchen design inspiration? What publications and/or blogs/websites do you read the most?From

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January 17 at #KBtribechat: A #KBIS2018 recap with #BlogTourKBIS

Sponsored and Hosted by Designs of Distinction by Brown Wood, Inc..

At Designs of Distinction by Brown Wood, Inc., we enjoy exhibiting at KBIS every year.  We are known for bringing the latest trends of decorative wood and metal elements for kitchen, bath and furniture. We saw so many innovative and trendy products at KBIS this year and are excited to discuss them with you. This year, along with launching some very exciting new products, Designs of Distinction is a proud sponsor of Modenus BlogTourKBIS and KBTribechat.

As an exhibitor at KBIS, Designs of Distinction made its mark with several new product launches. We also launched our new Modern Farmhouse Collection which incorporates many decorative elements that, prior to this, was only available as custom parts. We now offer x-panels, floating shelf straps, hood wraps, trestle table pedestals, shiplap and more. See more information on our new collection here.

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Our KBtribechat questions:

1.  Which was the most stand out product that you saw at KBIS 2018 or during #BlogTourKBIS events and why?

2.  Product innovations – what did you see at KBIS and what would you like to see more of?

3.  Let’s talk trends. What did you see? What do you predict is here to stay? Share pics!

4.  What was your single favorite moment during KBIS 2018 or #BlogTourKBIS? Share pics or videos.

5. What were your favorite sightings of color? Any specific color trends you saw?

6. What was your favorite Modern Farmhouse sightings?

7. What new trends did you see in cabinetry and decorative elements? What do you predict for the next year?

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January 5, 2018 · 8:15 am

#KBtribechat at #KBIS2018

Sponsored and Hosted by Thermador home appliances.

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The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show is a time to see the newest products, ideas and trends. Join us at KBIS for our annual in-person #KBTribechat and networking event on January 10th at the Thermador booth W1749.

Thermador home appliances will usher in a new era and will embark on a journey to unveil more than 300 groundbreaking new products. The most significant launch in its 100-year history, Thermador will unveil completely re-designed products that feature innovation and industry-exclusives that establish a new connection with consumers.

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KBIS attendees– Refer to our chat questions as you walk the show on Wednesday, January 10. Take lots of photos (note the exhibitor information), and share your answers using the #KBtribechat hashtag. Make your way to the Thermador booth (W1749) for the chat at 2:00 p.m., a chance for an exclusive tour of the booth and to meet fellow #KBTribechat members. Don’t forget to use #Thermador!

Not at KBIS this year? Follow the #KBTribechat hashtag starting at 2:00 p.m. and experience the show through the eyes of attendees and exhibitors alike. Feel free to ask questions and share your thoughts!

Our KBtribechat questions: 
Q1: KBIS is showcasing the latest product innovations and trends from leading kitchen and bath brands. What are the top new products that you’ve seen so far at #KBIS2018?

Q2: Personalization reigns as the top kitchen design trend. What are some of your favorite personalizable products at #KBIS2018?

Q3: What colors are you seeing trend for the kitchens at #KBIS2018?

Q4: Technology is infiltrating the heart of the home. What tech trends are you seeing in the kitchen at #KBIS2018?

Q5: Is bigger always better? How are you seeing size make an impact on design trends at #KBIS2018?

Q6: What is your favorite luxury appliance you are seeing at #KBIS2018?

Q7: Are people looking for sleek or bold design in the kitchen? #KBIS2018

 

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2018 #KBtribechat Transcripts

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January 3 – Backsplashes and Accent Walls – Hosted by Use Natural Stone

January 9 – Progressive KBtribechat at KBIS – Hosted by Wilsonart, Rev-A-Shelf, Wellborn Cabinet and Signature Kitchen Suite

January 10 – KBtribechat at KBIS – Hosted by Thermador

January 17 – A KBIS 2018 Recap – Hosted by Designs of Distinction by Brown Wood Products

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January 3 at #KBtribechat – Let’s Talk Backsplashes & Accent Walls


A design discussion! 

Sponsored and Hosted by Use Natural Stone

Photo courtesy of Brasigran

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When we consider surfaces for the kitchen and bath, we typically think first about horizontal surfaces such as countertops, vanities, islands and flooring. However, it’s important also to consider vertical elements and how the creative application of materials such as natural stone can bring these areas to life in bold and unique ways.

The interesting use of surface materials on backsplashes, walls and shower enclosures merges the best of function + form – not only helping to protect walls from moisture and splatter, but also delivering depth, dimensionality and visual interest.

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Images – clockwise from left: Artistic Tile, Marblex Design Int’l, Stone Interiors New Orleans

Available in a wide variety of materials and colors, backsplashes are a great place to play up style in the kitchen or bath. For those looking for a more dramatic look, accent walls can transform what are often viewed as utilitarian spaces into places of beauty and inspiration.

For example, distinctive slabs of natural stone can be placed behind a bathtub or sink to create a dramatic focal point or be used as a stunning backdrop for a shower enclosure. Backlit stones such as onyx are particularly striking in this type of application.

Mosaics, inlays, tiles and “book matched” materials provide another way to capture the eyes while also enabling individual expression through interesting patterns and color combinations.

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Images – clockwise from left: The Tuscany Collection, ROCKin’teriors, Decolores Mármores e Granitos

 

Whether choosing neutral hues to create a soothing, organic backdrop or opting to add a pop of color, the inspired use of vertical surfaces enables us to see kitchen and bathroom spaces in a new light.

Our KBtribechat discussion questions:

Q1)  Do you have a go-to material that you use for backsplashes? Why that material?
Q2)  Solid backsplash or tile/mosaic (patterned) backsplash – what’s your preference? Photos please.

Q3)  When it comes to backsplashes/shower surrounds for the bathroom, what are your favorite materials?

Q4)  What are some of the most interesting kitchen/bath accent walls treatments you’ve seen?

Q5)  Standard backsplashes, ceiling height backsplashes – or something in between?

Q6)  For vertical surfaces, do you opt for neutrals or color? Matte or shine? Let’s see examples.

Q7)     What exciting new trends do you see for vertical surfaces in the kitchen and bath?

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Three Chances to Win a Gift Card at #KBIS2018

For KBtribechat friends attending KBIS, Wellborn Cabinet will have three fun contests!

Here are the details:

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