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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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February 24 at #KBtribechat – Wow Factors

A design discussion!

The details matter in any good design.  Let’s discuss stand out kitchens!

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Our KBtribechat discussion questions: 

Is there a secret to creating kitchens that wow?  Please share your expertise!

Let’s talk specifics. How can highlighting the appliances create stunning kitchens? The sink area? Windows?  The cabinetry? The countertops? With tile? With lighting? The flooring?

Please share pictures of inspirational kitchens that highlight your point of view!

Are your clients wanting more stainless steel than ever?  If so, why do you think this is trending? If not, why?

What are your go-to solutions when you want to add bling to a kitchen design?

Join this Twitter Chat discussion

on Wednesday, February 24

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

Here’s the transcript for this KBtribechat.

                                

 

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Practical Picks for K+B

a design discussion

Some kitchen and bath finishes and materials are easier to live with than others. Let’s share our advice and favorites at KBtribechat next week!

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Our discussion questions:

  • What cabinet exterior finish/color is the most forgiving to live with?
  • What are the most unforgiving cabinetry finishes? Why?
  • What are your thoughts on practical flooring choices for the kitchen?  What about the bathroom?
  • Countertop pros and cons – Please share your expertise! What are the practical choices?
  • Share tips for living with stainless steel.

Join this Twitter Chat discussion

on Wednesday, September 24th

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

Here is the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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Personalize Your Space!

A discussion on the growing kitchen and bath industry trend towards personalization!

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Choices are the name of the game today in all aspects of kitchen and bath design!

How do you personalize cabinetry and countertops?

What about tile?

In what ways are kitchen appliances allowing us to personalize?

Can we personalize sinks and faucets?

 

We will be talking all this and more on the personalization trend in kitchen and bath design. Join our Twitter  discussion on Wednesday, April 16th, from 2 to 3pm eastern time by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets.

 

Here is the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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It’s In The Details

Adding Personality to your Kitchen!

What touches can make a kitchen extraordinary?

This is the work of Rose Dostal of RMD Designs.

This is the work of interior architect Rose Dostal.
~ RMD Designs ~

At the September 18th kbtribechat we will be sharing our ideas for making a design statement with:

  • Cabinetry
  • Countertops and Backsplashes
  • Major Appliances
  • Plumbing Fixtures
  • Lighting
  • Flooring
  • Furniture
  • Artwork
  • Color

A combination of select elements can add up to a kitchen design that is beautiful beyond ordinary…..but it’s easy to go overboard!

Each space is unique, which emphasizes how important it is to hire a design professional and to make all decisions well in advance of construction.

Kbtribechat ~ Kitchen and Bath Industry Twitter discussions 

2 to 3pm eastern time ~ Wednesdays.

Here is 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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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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