October 25 at #KBtribechat – Flooring Trends

A design discussion!

Sponsored and Hosted by MS International.

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The KBtribechat questions:

Q1: What are the hottest looks in flooring right now? Images, please!

Q2: What’s your best advice for DIYers when it comes to choosing a flooring tile that’s aesthetically pleasing?

Q3: What tile formats/sizes are trending, and what are your predictions looking ahead to 2018?

Q4: Show us your favorite new flooring look for commercial spaces.

Q5: We’ve covered porcelain tile flooring, but what’s your top pick for an up-and-coming natural stone?

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October 18 at #KBtribechat – Kitchen Ventilation

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Zephyr.

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The KBtribechat questions:

1.) How important is kitchen ventilation to your clients during the design process and at what point do you start talking about ventilation?

2.) Do you think the hood should be a design focal point in the kitchen or should it be integrated into the design aesthetic and out of sight/out of mind?

3.) Are you using more island/chimney style hoods in your kitchen designs or inserts/integrated hoods?

4.) Please share trends that you are noticing around kitchen ventilation. (Style, technology, energy efficiency, etc.)

5.) Are your clients moving away from stainless steel and requesting new materials in range hood design? What trends in new materials are you noticing?

6.) What type of innovation, design or technology would you like to see in kitchen ventilation?

7.) Informal survey question for Kitchen Designers – where do you go to get kitchen design inspiration? What publications and/or blogs/websites do you read the most?

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About Zephyr:

For the past 20 years, San Francisco-based Zephyr has continued to bring design, innovation and technology to the forefront of the kitchen ventilation hood industry. The company has challenged the perception of what ventilation means in kitchen design and created a new awareness of the importance of a high-performance ventilation system. With acclaimed talent such as artistic visionary, Fu-Tung Cheng, and industrial designer, Robert Brunner, Zephyr creates cutting-edge residential range hoods unlike any other company. Visit Zephyr’s 7,000-square-foot showroom in the heart of the San Francisco Design District and learn more about Zephyr at zephyronline.com

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October 11 at #KBtribechat – The “Not So Ordinary” Kitchen: Fresh Takes on Timeless Style

A design discussion!

Sponsored and Hosted by Elmira Stove Works.

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They say there’s nothing new under the sun. Certain styles or trends always come around again in some form. We’ve seen this play out in fashion recently with the resurgence of 90s era clothing and hairstyles. The same can be said of kitchen styles. While stainless steel appliances remain popular, there has been a move towards incorporating more character into the kitchen through appliances and finishing touches that give a nod to the past while still appearing fresh and current.

Available in traditional “retro” colors along with custom options, vintage-inspired appliances are surprisingly versatile and can complement just about any design idea and style preference. Brightly-hued options are ideal for adding a bold pop of color to space while softer, more subdued shades create a subtler, more refined look. Either way, these fun (and functional) appliances, when paired with other kitchen elements, can deliver the perfect recipe for statement-making style.

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Adding an element of nostalgia to a new or remodeled kitchen is just one example of the many ways to create designs that earn high marks for both style and substance.
Let’s start a dialogue about updating the kitchen in new, fun and unexpected ways!

Our KBtribechat discussion questions:

Q1: Kitchen design is trending toward more color & softer lines. Where do you see this trend going? Is it here to stay?

Q2: Are designers getting more creative and bolder in the use of “non-standard” appliances and colors? Let’s see photos!

Q3: How can designers help homeowners add color to their kitchens and appliances, and feel comfortable doing so? Explain!

Q4: Do you prefer “neutral with a pop of color” or “bold color with neutral accents”? Share images.

Q5: Show us your favorite ‘vintage with a modern twist’ kitchen design.

Q6: What interesting ways have you seen retro appliances incorporated into kitchens? Photos, please!

Q7: If you could build your dream kitchen, what would it look like?

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October 4 at #KBtribechat – Designing for 
Spaces Large to Small

A design discussion!

Sponsored and Hosted by The Natural Stone Institute.

Photo courtesy of StoneWorks, Inc.

Image from StoneWorks, Inc.

No matter the size of the residence, when it comes to their kitchens and baths, homeowners expect these spaces to reflect their personalities and lifestyles while also being functional and beautiful. So, how do designers address this challenge?

Whether a space is compact and efficient, expansive and luxurious, or somewhere in between, good design comes down to balance and properly managing scale and proportion. Creating interesting focal points and finding ways to add dimensionality – for example, through layering and the artful use of color and pattern – can give the illusion of added space in a smaller room or prevent a larger space from appearing overwhelming.

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Images – Clockwise from left: Marblex Design International, Stone Interiors, Charles Luck Stone

Although there isn’t a “one size fits all” solution to kitchen and bath design, it can be helpful to select materials that can be easily adapted to any space. For example, natural stone is a versatile and highly durable material that can be used for everything from countertops and vanities to backsplashes, flooring, walls and shower surrounds. And, because natural stone is available in so many colors, patterns and textures, the design possibilities are virtually endless.

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Images – Clockwise from left: Tithof Tile & Marble, M S International (both images)

Our KBtribechat discussion questions:

Q1: What are some creative ways you’ve used natural stone (or seen it used) in small spaces? Share photos.

Q2: How about interesting applications of natural stone in larger spaces? Images please!

Q3: Have you ever used (or considered) remnant/salvaged stone for projects such as powder room vanities, baking surfaces, etc.?

Q4: What other types of natural materials do you typically use for your projects?

Q5: Do you have a ‘go to’ natural stone that you use for kitchen and bath projects? Why that stone in particular?

Q6: If you could design your dream kitchen (indoor or outdoor) using natural stone, what would it look like? Share images.

Q7: What’s your favorite thing about working with natural materials such as stone?

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Jetson’s Kitchens -Here we come!

A design discussion on September 27.

Hosted by Paula Kennedy, CKD.

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Paula’s KBtribechat questions:

  • Pretend you are a fortune teller, what will the kitchen be like in 20 years?
  • What lifestyle concerns do you think will be driving these changes?
  • Do you think kitchen layouts will change much in the future?  How and Why?
  • What do you think in terms of how surface materials will change in the future kitchen? How and Why?
  • What do you expect to see in how we INTERACT with our kitchen spaces? (Tech talk)

 

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Bringing Kitchen + Bath Lighting Into 2017

A design discussion!

Sponsored and Hosted by Wilson Lighting.

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From style to technology, the lighting industry is moving and changing at an increasingly rapid pace. Keeping up with all these trends and products can seem daunting, but a little digging will have you excited about all the options that can make your home more beautiful, comfortable, and connected. At Wilson Lighting, we believe in having not only the latest styles and technology, but a great staff with outstanding service that can help you bring to life the vision you see for your home. So let’s open a conversation about lighting and discover all the ways to make your kitchen and bathrooms shine!

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Our KBtribechat discussion Questions:

Q1: What style trends are you seeing for kitchen and bath lighting?

Q2: What lighting tech are your clients using in their projects?

Q3: How can lighting improve the design and function of your kitchen or bathroom?

Q4: LED. Love it or hate it and why?

Q5: Share pictures of your favorite kitchen and bathroom lighting ideas!

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September 13 at #KBtribechat – Designing With Safety in Mind!

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Our KBtribechat questions: 

Q1.) What Universal Design features have you found useful for Kitchens? Share pictures!

Q2.) What are key safety concerns for kitchens? Share design solutions that address these issues!

Q3.) Do you have other tips for designing a kitchen that will be a safe environment?

Q4.) What Universal Design features are handy for Bathrooms?

Q5.) What are the top bathroom safety concerns? What design solutions address these issues?

Q6.) Do you have other tips for designing a bathroom that will be a safe space to use?

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