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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

Here’s a link to read the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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Our #KBIS2013 #Kbtribechat Recap!

Tomorrow (April 24th) we will be sharing our KBIS 2013 finds.  Those from our group who attended the show will tell about the new products they found , emerging trends they spotted as well as show highlights. Get your pictures ready!

Join us on Twitter from 2pm to 3pm eastern time by adding #kbtribechat to your tweets!

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Here are our Pinterest boards on KBIS 2013:   The Best of KBIS 2013

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Here is the transcript for this kbtribechat.

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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?

Click here to see the transcript of this kbtribechat!

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Countertop Trends

On Wednesday, September 5, 2012,  from 2-3 pm eastern time Jon Olson is hosting kbtribechat  on Countertop Trends. Join us on Twitter to be part of this discussion on the latest design trends having to do with countertops!

Here are our discussion questions:

Q1.)  What do you know about cork countertops?
Q2.) What can you tell us about glass countertops?
Q3.) Can compact grade panels be used as a counter surface?
Q4.)   What types of metal can be used as countertops?
Q5.) What countertop choices do you see trending now?
Jon Olson is the online sales and marketing director for both Sterling Surfaces and Kitchen Associates located in Sterling, Massachussets.  He has been involved in the solid surface industry since 1986.  Jon is also a regular columnist for the Countertop & Architectural Surfaces magazine.  He was the 2007 winner of the ISFA Solid Surface Fabricator of the year and the ISFA Innovator of the Year for 2011 for his efforts involving social media.

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Jon also hosted on Solid Surfacing Trends February 15, 2012. Here is the transcript.

Jon hosted on Countertop Trends September 5, 2012. Here is the transcript.


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