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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

Image from Brasigran

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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on Wednesday, January 3

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

Here’s the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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What’s Trending with Kitchens?

On Wednesday, October 10, 1012 , we will be discussing the latest in Kitchen Design!

Join us for this  Twitter Chat by adding #kbtribechat to your tweets between 2 and 3pm eastern time.








Cabinetry: What styles are clients wanting? Colors? Mix and Match?

What interior storage solutions are you speccing?

Are interior storage solutions prevalent in today’s kitchens?

Will clients pay – as they can really increase the cost of the cabinetry?

Appliances – What’s the latest?

Have you tried the steam ovens? Are clients putting them in?

Do clients care about eco differences between gas – electric – induction?

Do your clients already have appliance preferences or do they look to you for help?

Countertops/Backsplashes – What materials are popular? Colors?

Are clients playing it safe with their (neutral) choices?

Sinks/Faucets – Any style trends? New colors?

Lighting – Anything new in kitchen lighting?  What is popular?

In General – Let’s put it all together….Please sum up what you are seeing as the current trends in kitchen design today.

Here’s the transcript for this 10/10/12 Kitchen Design Trends chat.


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Kitchens! – What’s Trending Now?

On Wednesday, June 13, 2012, we will be discussing Kitchen Trends at #kbtribechat on Twitter! Join us from 2 to 3 pm eastern time.









Our questions:

1.) What cabinet styles are trending? Describe them.

2.) What countertop and backsplash materials are you finding popular now?

3.) What colors are trending now in Kitchens?

4.) Are you seeing any plumbing fixture trends? What styles? What finishes?

5.) Are you seeing any appliance trends?

6.) What’s trending in kitchen lighting?

7.) Do your clients what certain storage solutions?

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