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August 22 at #KBtribechat – Kitchen Design Trends

A mid-year review

Sponsored and Hosted by GE Appliances

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From mixed metals to new matte finishes we’re discussing the materials and styles that are on trend in kitchen design. Join us for a Twitter Chat hosted by GE Appliances on Wednesday, August 22 at 2 pm ET to discuss your favorite looks in the kitchen.

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Our KBtribechat questions: 

1. What finishes or materials are trending in kitchen design?

2. What is the biggest design request you hear from people who are remodeling their kitchen?

3. How has the rise of open floor plans affected kitchen design?

4. What do you believe drives appliance choices? Design or Tech?

5. Do you believe in mixing and matching finishes, why or why not?

6. What finish or design element do you wish existed out there for appliances?

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August 15 at #KBtribechat – Peace of Mind Solutions for Health

A kitchen design discussion

Hosted by Toni Sabatino

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“Wellness” is a term that you hear quite often lately. Peace of mind
adds to good health. What can we do with kitchen design to promote a
sense of well being? Some of my thoughts are good ventilation,
thoughtful storage and a simplicity of materials for low VOC and easy
clean. More thinking takes it a step further with wellness being related
to how we eat and how that relates to appliances and food prep. I would
like to see your thoughts around this trend of wellness in the home.

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My KBtribechat questions: 

What kind of design image does the term wellness inspire in the kitchen?
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How does the design of the kitchen ease the burden of preparing fresh
food? Do you find usefulness in things like sinks with accessories such
as cutting boards and colanders and herb savers in the frig?

Are clients interested learning about current technologies? I install
more steam ovens and very few microwaves as the nutritional value of the
food is much better. Do you find yourself educating your clients about
benefits of steam cooking for creating healthier meals? Induction
cooking for cleaner air?

I think lighting has a major effect on our sense of well being. Please
share any kitchen related lighting ideas, especially for those urban
spaces that limited natural light.

Do you find yourself looking for the healthiest choices in materials?
Are you considering the VOC emissions when determining the performance
of a product? What are some of your favorite products when thinking
about “healthy kitchens” and why?

Do you think of living in place or aging in place concepts when you
think of wellness? What design features and specialty appliances, tech
or gadgets do you find work best for people of any ability?

Less clutter generally creates more peace of mind. Show your best
storage solutions for ease of use.

Technology that counts your steps, calories and other health relates
features is everywhere. How do you say tech playing a role in the
kitchen?

Here’s a link to read the transcript for this Kbtribechat.

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August 8 at #KBtribechat – Neutrals vs. Color in the Kitchen & Bath

A design discussion! 

Sponsored and Hosted by Use Natural Stone

When it comes to the kitchen and bath, the array of available design options – from appliances to surface materials to paint colors – is virtually endless, making it easier than ever before to personalize these spaces. While neutrals remain popular, infusing kitchens and bathrooms with color is gaining traction.

Let’s take a closer look at the options.

Perfectly Neutral. It’s hard to go wrong with neutrals (think white, black, brown, cream, gray, and pretty much any muted earthy tone). These subtle hues “go” with everything, and offer a solid foundation for decorating, regardless of style. When layered, neutrals can create a very harmonious look, and when interesting textures and patterns are incorporated – natural stone countertops or a tiled shower surround, for example – the results can be understated, yet undeniably sophisticated.

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Images – clockwise from left: Artistic Tile, Aria Stone Gallery, Fernando’s Marble Shop

Color(ful) Stories. Adding color – whether on a small or larger scale – can freshen up a monochromatic color scheme and bring new life to a kitchen or bath space. Cabinetry in hues of blue and green is popping up more frequently and can be a great complement to warm woods and metallic finishes. Natural stone surfaces are another great way to inject color into kitchens and bathrooms. Granite and quartzite can both be found in a variety of inviting hues, and – when used for a feature wall, backsplash or waterfall island – can create a striking focal point within a space.

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Images – clockwise from left: Aria Stone Gallery, Flemington Granite, Polycor


Our KBtribechat discussion questions:

Q1) When it comes to the bathroom, what inspires you – spaces layered in neutral hues or spaces that makes a statement with bold color?

Q2) What about bathroom surfaces specifically – e.g., vanities and shower surrounds? Do you prefer to “go neutral” or opt for surfaces with a pop of color?

Q3) Thinking about the kitchen now. What are the best ways to bring color into a kitchen without overwhelming the space? Share photos, please.

Q4) What about adding color (and movement) through pattern – e.g., patterned countertops and backsplashes. What patterns are trending at the moment?

Q5) Black is a timeless, sophisticated neutral. Are you seeing black used in the kitchen and bath? Photos please!

Q6) What hues do you think will be most important in kitchens and bathrooms as we move into 2019, and why? (There are no wrong answers!)

Q7) Share photos of your favorite kitchens and baths, and tell us why you love them!

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Residential Remodeling Trends for Interior & Exterior and the Boom for Your Bottom Line!

August 1 at #KBtribechat

Sponsored and Hosted by Remodeling Show co-located with DeckExpo

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Remodeling activity is already a record-setter, and on pace for another record year in 2018, according to data sourced from Metrostudy News, May 21, 2018. The market is prime to promote home improvement, so increase your customer’s familiarity with the latest innovative and design trends in the remodeling space.

 

Attend the Remodeling Show co-located with DeckExpo to see what we are talking about. Register today to receive free expo and 10% off an all-access pass.  Use promo code REMODEL, or click the link to register: https://tinyurl.com/ycd872re.

 

Remodeling Show co-located with DeckExpo bring together residential remodeling and building professionals from all over the country to experience the hottest products, learn the newest building techniques, and build their professional reach through exciting networking activities. The in-depth education program includes hands-on training and business education through live building clinics, on-floor demonstrations, and conference sessions with influencers. Connect with industry experts and learn new skills to elevate your craft!

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Builder: j.allen smith design / build | Photographer: Michael Wilkinson

Our KBtribechat questions: 

Q1.) Let’s talk style! What are the most popular remodeling trends today? Post your pictures and share comments.

Q2.) What are the latest design & product trends in residential remodeling and custom building that are most likely to increase a home’s value? Show examples and give explanations.

Q3.) How are the demographics of aging in place and millennials changing remodeling trends and innovations?

Q4.) For kitchen and baths, are there certain features (hardware, finishes, space savers, shower systems) that are in high demand and can fetch top dollars?

Q5.) How can “Smart Home” create competition for sale? (video doorbell, thermostat, lighting controls, built-in security, audio video)

Q6.) Color trends interior or exterior; are there colors that are more appealing for home purchase or sale?

Q7.) Let’s talk about exterior trends. Show examples and give explanations.

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July 25 at #KBtribechat – Kitchen Design for Foodies

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Our KBtribechat questions: 

1.) What are the elements that put the “gourmet” in a gourmet kitchen?

2.) Is a large island an important component of a kitchen for those who want to try new foods and share with friends and family? Explain!

3.) What sink area and dishwasher features do you recommend for foodies?

4.) What surfacing materials are recommended for those keenly interested in exploring food and cooking? Why?

5.) What cooking appliances do you recommend for those who want to explore new recipes and cooking techniques?

6.) Do you have recommended storage solutions for a wide range of cooking implements and supplies?

7.) What about refrigeration? What features do you recommend for the ambitious home cook?

8.) What other tips do you have to create versatile kitchens designed to explore food?

 

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July 18 at #KBtribechat – Augmented Reality for Designers and Brands

Hosted by Scott Koehler

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Scott’s KBtribechat Questions: 

1. What is Augmented Reality?

2. How can Augmented Reality create a richer experience for designers, brands and consumers?

3. Do you Snapchat? Pls share examples of Augmented Reality from Snapchat or other apps!

4. What makes Augmented Reality such a great tool for brands in marketing

5. How can Brands use Augmented Reality to serve customers?

6. Is Augmented Reality a threat to showrooms or will it enhance showroom experiences?

 

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July 11 at #KBtribechat – Being Inspired

 

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Our KBtribechat Questions:

1.) What do you find key to staying creative and inspired?

2.) Do travels inspire your designs? In what ways?

3.) Does following your friend’s travels and experiences provide inspiration? What sites are best for this?

4.) What print and online magazines are inspirational for kitchen and bath design?

5.) What online sites do you use to share or search for inspirational ideas?

6.) Blogs can provide design inspiration! What are your favorites?

7.) What experiences inspire you? Cooking? Showrooms? Design Showcases? Trade shows? Nature? Spa visits? Why?

8.) What topics would you like to discuss at KBtribechat? There is much to be inspired by in our weekly discussions! Please share your ideas for future chats.

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