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October 10 at #KBtribechat – Let’s Talk Kitchen + Bath Surfaces

A design discussion!

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Today’s kitchen and bath spaces encourage more creativity in surface selection than ever before. From natural stone and wood to concrete and recycled glass to manmade composites and laminates, an array of stylish options are available for every design preference and budget. In fact, with so many options from which to choose, a growing trend is to mix several types of surfaces within a space to provide contrast and visual interest.

So, what factors are most important when choosing surfaces for the kitchen and bath?

Durability. Kitchens and baths are typically some of the busiest spaces in the home. As such, it’s important to consider what type of wear-and-tear a space will be subjected to before making a decision on surfaces. Selecting a material that is durable while requiring minimal maintenance will help to ensure that the surface can be enjoyed for years to come. For example, natural stone surfaces such as granite and quartzite are both hard wearing and heat resistant, making them particularly well-suited for countertops, islands and backsplashes.

Aesthetic Appeal. Because kitchen and bath surfaces aren’t likely to be changed frequently, it’s best to choose surfaces that won’t wear out their welcome. While neutral color schemes remain popular, there is a growing trend toward incorporating surfaces with interesting patterns and colorations for a more dramatic look. The choice ultimately comes down to personal taste, although – if a homeowner doesn’t plan to stay in the home for more than a few years – resale value should be considered in the final decision. More neutral hues and designs can be a safer bet for resale.

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Images – clockwise from top left: Aria Stone Gallery, Lundhs, Stoneshop, Artistic Tile

Our KBtribechat discussion questions:
Q1) What about a surface usually “grabs” you first – color, pattern, texture? Share photos of your favorite kitchen & bath surfaces. #KBtribechat

Q2) Are you seeing the use of several types of surfaces within a single space? What combinations work best for the kitchen & bath? #KBtribechat

Q3) Feature walls and full backsplashes are gaining traction. Do you think this trend is here to stay? Share examples. #KBtribechat

Q4) How about cabinetry? What cabinet colors, styles and finishes are most popular right now? Photos please. #KBtribechat

Q5) While it’s important that flooring look great, it also needs to stand up to wear and tear. What flooring types are best for the kitchen & bath? #KBtribechat

Q6) Surfaces made from natural materials never go out of style. What are your favorite natural surfaces? Share images. #KBtribechat

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June 13 at #KBtribechat – Bathroom Design Trends

A mid-year review

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This week we’re pinning to our KBtribechat group board – Bathroom Design Ideas.  Let us know if you would like to be added to that Pinterest board.

Our KBtribechat Questions: 

1. Bathroom cabinetry is evolving! What bathroom furniture styles are becoming popular?

We want to see pictures!

2. Decorative hardware is becoming an essential design component on cabinetry. What finishes and types are you specifying or want to use?

3. What countertop and sink styles are you specifying for today’s bathroom?

4. What faucet and shower valve handle styles and finishes are you excited about? Do you have a go to selection or does it vary by project? Are you specifying fancy drain covers and linear drains? So many choices!

5. Tile for bathroom flooring and showers has become very popular. Why do you see this trend continuing? Share beautiful images of bathroom tile inspiration!

6. Many lighting options are available for the bathroom! What are your favorites?

7. What features are you integrating into today’s bathroom designs?

Join this Twitter chat conversation 

on Wednesday, June 13

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

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June 24, 2015 – A Focus on the Bathroom

A design discussion!

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Our discussion questions: 

1.) What overall looks, styles, materials, finishes and features are popular today for the bathroom?

2.) The Bath Tub – Are your clients omitting the tub from master bathrooms? What looks and styles are trending for bath tubs?

3.) Surfaces -How can you give your bathroom a modern look without it becoming dated in the future? Please share pics!

4.) Lighting is so important in bath design and is constantly evolving!  What’s trending?

5.) Water-efficiency has become a priority in bathroom design. What are ways we can reduce water use without sacrificing a luxury bathroom experience? Share go to products and ideas for socially sustainable designs.

Join this Twitter chat discussion

on Wednesday, June 24th

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets.

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April 29th at #KBtribechat – Zen Inspired Bathrooms

A design discussion

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Zen – bringing together mind and body

a feeling of relaxation

Here are our KBtribechat discussion questions:

Please share photos!

1.) What features help create a Zen style bathroom with stillness and tranquility?

2.) Opposites attract. In what ways can this Yin Yang concept be used in creating a Zen bathroom design?

3.) How can natural elements be used to create a relaxing bathroom?

4.) How can we edit our designs to keep everything simple but have everything that is necessary in the bathroom?

5.) Share products and ideas you like that fit the Zen aesthetic.

Join this Twitter chat discussion

on Wednesday, May 29th 

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

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Creating the Ultimate Spa Bathroom

A design discussion.

 

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The questions:

What are key Spa Bathroom elements?

What colors are best to create a relaxing environment for a spa bathroom?

What materials to you recommend when designing a Spa Bathroom? For the flooring? Countertops? Showers?

How important is technology with items  like mood lighting, the ability to have music played, the adjustability of the water settings?

What luxurious spa bath products do you recommend? Please share with your KBtribechat friends!

Share pictures of spa bathrooms you love!

Please join this Twitter chat discussion on

Wednesday, July 23rd from 2 to 3pm eastern time

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

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Designing Luxurious Bathrooms

It’s time for the kitchen and bath pros of the kbtribechat community to have a conversation on bathroom design.

When:  Wednesday, July 31st

Time:  2 – 3pm eastern time

Where: #kbtribechat on Twitter

Luxury Bath Design

Here are our discussion questions:

1.) Are your clients ordering luxurious bathrooms or just doing the basics?

2.) What features are they asking be included? What items would you want in your dream bathroom?

  • Are you still doing vessel sinks?
  • Fixtures you love?
  • What kind of lighting are you recommending?
  • Countertop preferences?
  • Cabinetry features?

3.) Any new, exciting bathroom products or materials you would like to share?

4.) What colors are trending for luxurious bathrooms?

5.) Is healthy living a factor in today’s luxury bathroom? How?

6.) Share photos of bathrooms  you love!

Here is the Luxurious Bathrooms pinterest board for this kbtribechat.

Here is the transcript for this kbtribechat.

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Luxury Bathroom Design

Tomorrow (August 8, 2012) at #kbtribechat on Twitter we will be discussing the current state of Luxury Bathroom Design.  Join us from 2 to 3 pm eastern time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are our discussion questions:

1.) How has the economy affected “luxury” in bathroom design?

2.) What trends are you seeing in Bathroom Design?

3.) Any new, exciting bathroom products or materials you would like to share?

4.) What items would you want in your dream bathroom? Describe your dream bathroom.

5.) Is healthy living a factor in today’s luxury bathroom? How?

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