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

A design discussion!

Sponsored and Hosted by Use Natural Stone

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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May 30 at #KBtribechat – Kitchen Islands

A design discussion

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Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) What materials, finishes and details are currently popular for kitchen island cabinetry and hardware?

2.) Do you like to match the kitchen island to the perimeter? Why or why not?

3.)  Are waterfall counters still popular?  What is trending for island countertop materials and edge details?

4.) Island countertops with an overhang for seating are popular. What design solutions do you like to add style to the eating bar side of an island?

5.) What are the pros and cons on designing in a sink and dishwasher or cooktop on the island?

6.) What features are nice to have or useful on a kitchen island? Share pictures!

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on Wednesday, May 30

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February 15 at #KBtribechat – It’s In The Details

Adding Personality to a Kitchen!

What touches can make a kitchen extraordinary?

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This is the work of kitchen designer Toni Sabatino.

At the next 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

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The same kitchen from a different angle – the work of kitchen designer Toni Sabatino.

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.

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on Wednesday, February 15

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May 25th at #KBtribechat – Creating that Wow Factor

A design discussion!

 

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Our KBtribechat questions:

Q1.) What cabinetry elements play with our emotions and make us want them? Decorative hardware or pull-outs? A certain style or finish? A beautiful layout?

Share pictures!

Q2.) The backsplash wall area is often a place to add bling to the kitchen. What is trending with backsplashes that is exciting?

Q3.) What kitchen countertop materials and details add to creating a wow factor when entering the room?

Q4.) Major kitchen appliances can offer much to to impress. What are your favorite ways to show them off?

Q5.) What are your kitchen window and lighting tips for adding drama and beauty to the kitchen?

Q6.) Kitchens are very complicated. Do you have any other kitchen design ideas to wow us? Please share!

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on Wednesday, May 25th

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July 8, 2015 at #KBtribechat – Kitchen Design Trends

A mid-year review!

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Our discussion questions:

1.) What is popular for kitchen cabinetry? Door styles , wood species, finishes, hardware?

2.) What kitchen countertop materials/colors/edge details are in demand?

3.) What sinks area features are you speccing? What faucet finishes and styles are sought after in kitchens today?

4.) What’s trending in major kitchen appliances?

5.) What’s desired today for kitchen lighting?

6.) What overall looks are currently trending for kitchens? Share pics!

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on Wednesday, July 8th

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

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Kitchens with Cambria

When it comes to your client’s kitchen, what do they look for in their countertops? Are they educated on the variety of countertop materials and design options?

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Do family-owned and American-made products impact decision making on products?

Where do you and your clients go for kitchen inspiration?

Do brand partnerships and/or packages have an influence on buying decisions or brand preference?

Cambria is constantly innovating. What would you like to see in their next designs for tone, color and movement?

We are excited to announce that Cambria, the exclusive family-owned, American-made producer of natural stone surfaces, will be sponsoring and  hosting KBTribeChat on Wednesday, March 12.

Make sure to join our discussion!

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Cambria has expanded their industry-leading design palette with the addition of Galloway™, and continues to develop designs that meet the demands of the most discerning consumers and designers.

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2014 Kitchen Trends

There is nothing more exciting than starting off a new year. Fresh and full of possibilities, it is always fun to see what is emerging, especially in the world of design. And with KBIS 2014 just around the corner, what better way to start the year then with a discussion on ….Trends in Kitchen Design!

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Join us on January 8 to contribute your expertise and observations. We want to know what YOU are seeing in the marketplace and at industry shows. What new features, colors and materials are trending this year? Which ones are destined to become classics? Which ones will your clients actually live with? What in the kitchen marketplace are you lusting after?

Here’s what we’ll discuss:

  1. What trends are you seeing in kitchen cabinetry? New design options, materials, finishes, hardware?
  2. What countertop materials/colors are most popular?
  3. What color palettes and design elements are trending?
  4. What’s new in kitchen appliances and fixtures?
  5. What’s exciting in other kitchen products like lighting or flooring?
  6. Is “aging-in-place” playing a role in kitchen design trends?
  7. How important is luxury in 2014 kitchen design?
  8. What is your personal favorite kitchen trend and why?

P.S. I know an hour is not enough time to talk trends, but we’ll do our best to squeeze it all in!

As a little food for thought, here are some forecast trends from a few in the industry:

Elle Décor: Bejeweled Kitchens and lighter woods

Huff Post Homes reports the 3 biggest trends are black countertops, open shelving and dark paints:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/15/kitchen-trends_n_4442420.html

This survey by Houzz in October 2013 highlights what’s trending in actual kitchen remodels.

**If you’ve done a blog post on 2014 trends, tweet links to share them with the group! Use the hashtag #kbtribechat.

**Also, join us on Pinterest with our #kbtribechat board: http://www.pinterest.com/kbtribechat/2014-kitchen- trends/ Share examples of kitchen trends that will be popular in 2014.

Susie Feia, Feia Construction, LLC

Susie Feia is the host for this week’s chat. Susie is owner of Feia Construction, LLC, an award-winning design/build firm in Waukesha, WI. Together with her husband, this family team has been delighting clients for 28 years. Originally specializing in historic restoration, they have evolved into a full-service remodeling firm where they handle projects from design concept to completion and also occasionally build high-end custom homes. Whether a single room (like a kitchen) or an entire home renovation, they are known for their creative design solutions, very personal, collaborative relationships, and the highest quality craftsmanship. Their philosophy is to enhance the client’s unique lifestyle with functional, timeless designs, while capturing the client’s personality with style.

Passionate about what she does, Susie stays on the cutting edge of what’s new in design and remodeling. She is a board member of Milwaukee NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry), founder of a women’s networking group, and is a member of Powerhouse Smart, a regional organization for the luxury market. She also volunteers her time with local community chambers, the Salvation Army and Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee. Susie is a speaker at KBIS2014 and other industry events, a frequent contributor to the press and radio programs, and is active on social media. Find her at Twitter, Pinterest , Facebook , G+ and LinkedIn.

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