Tag Archives: Bathroom Design

April 12 at #KBtribechat – Spa Bathrooms

A design discussion!

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This week we’re pinning Spa Bathroom inspirations to our group Pinterest board – Bathroom Design Ideas. If you want to be added give us a shout-out!

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The KBtribechat questions:

Q1.) Do certain materials, colors or design esthetics help create a spa feel in a bathroom? Explain!

Q2.) What key elements and features help define a spa bathroom?

Share pictures of spa bathrooms you like!

Q3.) What tips do you have to create a spa oasis in an existing bathroom?

Q4.) Do you incorporate aroma-therapy or chroma-therapy elements into your designs? What are your go to sources?

Q5.) LED lighting adds a soft, relaxing feel to bathrooms. Share ways to incorporate LED into the bathroom. What bathroom lighting do you like for a spa bathroom?

 

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February 1 at #KBtribechat – Luxurious Bathrooms

A design discussion!

Luxury Bath Design

Our discussion questions:

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

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

What type of sinks?
Plumbing fixtures?
What lighting styles are you recommending?
Countertop preferences?
Cabinetry looks and features?

Please share pictures of luxurious bathrooms you like!

3.) Any new, exciting bathroom products, materials or applications 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?

Here is our #KBtribechat group Pinterest board Bathroom Design Ideas. Let us know if you’d like to be added.

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January 4 at #KBtribechat – Why Natural Stone?

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by The Natural Stone Institute 

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In a marketplace crowded with new, often manmade options for kitchen and bathroom surfaces, why do designers and consumers continue to choose natural stone? We know that natural stone is one of the world’s oldest building materials, but since designers and architects continue to imagine innovative ways to use this classic material, natural stone is anything but outdated. Natural stone is durable, versatile, unique, and easy to maintain—not to mention environmentally-friendly. When treated properly, natural stone can last a lifetime, taking on different personas within a space. Variations in natural stone’s broad range of color, pattern, and texture are interesting and impossible to replicate. The intrinsic properties of natural stone cannot be mimicked, manufactured, or faked. Perhaps a better question would be: why wouldn’t you choose natural stone?

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MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute is an industry trade association serving over 1900 members in 55 countries who represent every aspect of the natural stone industry. Their new website features stories and photos that seek to educate and inspire visitors to choose natural stone.

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Join MIA+BSI at 2pm on January 4th for a discussion on why natural stone is the top choice for kitchen and bathroom applications.

The KBtribechat Questions:
1. What is the most interesting/innovative application you’ve seen accomplished with natural stone?

2. There are thousands of varieties of natural stone. Which are your favorite to use in kitchen and bathroom applications?

3. White stones are neutral yet unique. What accent colors do you prefer to incorporate into rooms with natural stone?

4. Natural stone is classic. How do you combine classic and contemporary elements to create timeless kitchen designs?

5. Natural stone adds elegance to the smallest spaces. What is your favorite way to add natural stone to bathrooms?

6. There are many misconceptions about natural stone. Which have you heard repeated most often (and why aren’t they true)?

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December 14 at #KBtribechat – Design Crush Bathrooms

A design discussion!

 

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Our KBtribechat questions: 

1.) Sometimes the whole is more than the sum of the parts. Please share images of bathrooms you LOVE and tell us why you find them exciting!

2.) Stunning surfaces are often the focal point of beautiful bathrooms. Share installations that prove this point from showers to countertops to flooring and walls.

3.) How can we be dazzled with plumbing fixtures? We know it happens! Share your design crush faucets, sinks, shower fittings and tubs!

4.) What bathroom lighting has wowed you lately?

5.) Sometimes we find ourselves crushing on the details. What bathroom organizers, storage solutions or tech has delighted you?

6.) Built-in appliances in the bathroom? Yes, please! What appliances take luxury to the next level in the bathroom?

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Influences of Car Design On Kitchen (& Bath) Design

A design discussion

hosted by Lisa M. Smith

Kitchen and bathroom design influences come from a myriad of places. Recognizing that kitchens and bathrooms in the simplest form are purely a collection of large planes and purposeful, durable shapes, what other daily living product shares this similarity? Automobiles. Cars have their intrinsic elements: wheels, engine, seating and controls, kitchens have theirs: cabinetry, countertops and appliances. Both have the same set of problems we as designers are tasked to solve, functionality, durability and oh yeah, its gotta have visual appeal. By looking at how automotive designers create attractive solutions. We can streamline our interior design process by building on what works.

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Frameless Doors and Drawers – Frames are not exposed on a car, all doors (trunk, bonnet, fuel filler, glove box) are fairly seamless. Car design disposed of exposed hinges long ago, kitchen and bathroom cabinetry are on the same path. Exposed hinges are a dust magnet. Why create a problem for a customer when the goal is to design a solution? Consumers today have a much higher tuned design aesthetic.  They don’t want to view anything which does not add to the visual appeal.

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Q1: Car doors eliminate visual hinges and frames. Do you use frame or frameless cabinets in your designs and why?

The use of stainless steel for functional items or pure visual embellishment is an important material used by car manufacturers.  It is a classic. Just like with cars, in K&B stainless steel symbolized quality and durability.  Did you know Blanco, the German manufacturer of kitchen faucets and sinks actually has an automotive connection? BLANCO is the company trusted by Porsche, Mercedes- Benz and Rolls-Royce for stainless steel work included on their automobiles.

Q2:  Stainless steel is a common element in cars and kitchens. How do you incorporate stainless steel into your designs?

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Automotive manufacturers are constantly bringing new materials to consumers.  Cars used to only have big metal bumpers.  Kitchens had big cast iron sinks. Metal was once the only bumper option on a car. Today, numbers are hidden behind gorgeous skins.  In the kitchen and bath, we have a number of new material or surface products to choose from.

Q3: Innovative materials drive the car industry. What new material choices do you like to use for K&B and how?

Automobile design trends shift back and forth throughout history from boxy to curvy.

Q4: Today’s cars are sleek and curvy. How do you keep kitchen and bathrooms from feeling like a room full of boxes?

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Technology is important in cars and kitchens. Consumers want connectivity, they are used to digital screens which are clear and updated. Technology changes from model year to model year in cars.  It has to. This influences buying decisions.

Q5: Cars keep adding tech. How are you incorporating latest technology into K&B and keeping your designs fresh and up to date?

Efficiency is another characteristic cars and kitchens have in common. Whether going from point A to point B or preparing a family meal people want to complete these tasks with ease. Good automobile designers put everything the driver or passengers needs within reach.

 

Q6: A good car is easy to use, a master of efficiency. What design elements make a kitchen efficient and easy?

A chief component of automotive interior design is comfortable seating and being ergonomically sound. Seating is supportive and adjustable. Not unlike a car where long commutes are not unusual, how much time one is seated in the kitchen is for a much longer period than many years ago.

 

Q7: Luxury cars have 18-way adjustable seats. How do you incorporate truly comfortable seating into the kitchen?

Luxury cars are all the rage and while every one can’t afford a $100,000 car, car companies are very adept at making moderately priced cars look and feel luxurious.

Q8: What are your tips for making a kitchen or bath luxurious without a big price tag?

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Bathroom Design – Where Are We Headed?

A design discussion.

Sponsored and Hosted by Blackman Plumbing.

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The 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. Do you coordinate sinks, tub and toilet by suite? Explain your selection process! What are your favorites? What colors?

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?

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?

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August 24 at #KBtribechat – Big Ideas for Small Bathrooms

A design discussion!

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The spaces might be smaller but the desire for quality and luxury remain.

Our discussion questions:

Q1 – When every inch counts, what tips do you have to create a functional and storage friendly bathroom?

Q2 – What are the luxurious Master Bathroom basics?  Share pictures of inspirational small bathrooms!

Q3 – How can we make small spaces feel larger?

Q4 – What storage organizers and solutions make the most of available bathroom spaces?

Q5 – Lighting is a very  important aspect of bathroom design.  What light fixture and window designs work well for small bathrooms?

 

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