Tag Archives: Bathroom Design

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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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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Storage Solutions That Work!

A design discussion 

Sponsored and Hosted by Rev-A-Shelf

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Join Rev-A-Shelf on Wednesday, August 30 at 2 pm for a lively discussion on storage solutions that work. We’ll talk about the latest design trends, the best solutions and what the industry needs next.

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Our KBtribechat questions: 

• What’s the number one room in the house that needs storage solutions?

• What materials, finishes and colors do you like best for in-cabinet storage solutions? Show pictures!

• Let’s talk bathroom storage. How have vanity cabinets evolved? His & Her storage: what do clients require?

• What in-cabinet lighting solutions are in demand right now? Do you see a demand for backlighting backsplashes or countertops?

• What’s the most inconvenient cabinet that we could design a storage solution for? What do clients find the most frustrating about storage?

• What’s your absolute favorite storage solution and why? Show pictures!

• What trends are you designing for now that you didn’t three years ago? Show pictures!

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August 2 at #KBtribechat – Where to Skimp and When to Splurge?

A design discussion!

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Our discussion questions: 

1.) How can kitchens and bathrooms be updated without a complete remodel? Share tips that can make a big impact!

2.) When remodeling a kitchen, how can you cut costs without cutting corners? Explain!

3.) When remodeling a kitchen, what items are worth splurging on and why?

Share pictures!

4.) When remodeling a bathroom, where can we save money and still achieve quality results?

5.) What items are worth splurging on when remodeling a bathroom?

6.) What items are tops for return on investment?

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June 7 at #KBtribechat – Creating a Timeless Design

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Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) Why are white cabinets so popular? Is this a timeless choice? What are the pros and cons of white cabinetry?

2.) What colors or color combinations work well for a classic look? Please share your favorites!

3.) What cabinet and millwork elements help create a classic look? Door styles? Decorative hardware? Moldings?

Share pictures!

4.) What materials, details and finishes are considered classic for countertops, backsplashes and plumbing fixtures?

5.) How can we add a classic/timeless touch with lighting?

6.) What other advice do you have for creating a timeless look?

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May 31 at #KBtribechat – Bathroom Design, What’s New?

A design discussion!

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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 loving 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?

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May 24 at #KBtribechat – Designing With Natural Materials

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by The Natural Stone Institute 

In an increasingly busy world, people are seeking ways to reconnect with nature. One of the simplest ways to “bring the outdoors in” is to utilize natural materials in the home. Not only are natural materials beautiful and sustainable, but they are also typically highly durable and long lasting.

From reclaimed wood walls to bamboo flooring to natural stone countertops, natural materials imbue spaces with intrinsic warmth and an organic feel that is at once grounding and rejuvenating. Moreover, natural materials can complement virtually any decor style – making them a highly versatile design choice.

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Image by Puma Marble Company

Perhaps one of the most appealing aspects of natural materials is their quality and uniqueness. There is something deeply satisfying about choosing a slab of natural stone that was formed by nature thousands or even millions of years ago, and then seeing that slab within a home.

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Image by ROCKin’teriors

Of course, the benefits of natural materials extend far beyond aesthetics. Natural materials are also eco-friendly and in many cases, can be sourced locally or regionally, which helps to offset fuel usage incurred during transportation. A number of natural materials – wood, cork, and bamboo, for instance – are renewable. Others, like natural stone, can be recycled or salvaged for a variety of uses – both indoors and out.

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Image by Illinois Granite & Marble, Ltd

Natural materials are like a fine wine—getting better and more beautiful as they age.

On Wednesday, May 24 at 2pm eastern, join MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute for a Twitter discussion on designing with natural materials.

Our KBtribechat questions:

Q1: Are clients concerned with making green design choices for kitchen remodels? What advice do you give them?

Q2: Natural materials like stone are durable and easy to care for. What maintenance tips do you give clients?

Q3: What is your favorite natural stone to work with in bathroom designs? Share photos to show why!

Q4: Do you work with salvaged or recycled materials? What are some of your favorite places to use these materials?

Q5: Have you noticed any trends or innovations in using natural materials like stone? What makes them interesting?

Q6: What natural stone applications or finishes are most popular with clients? Have you tried anything new lately?

Q7: Natural materials are one-of-a-kind. Share some unique ways you’ve used them in projects.

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