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October 24 at #KBtribechat – Adding Character + Style to the Kitchen

A design discussion! 

Sponsored and Hosted by Elmira Stove Works

Designing the perfect kitchen is always a challenge. With so many options, it can be tough to settle on a specific look. So, how do you create a kitchen that’s not only stylish and functional but that will be relevant five, 10 – or even 15 – years from now? Let’s take a look at some of the most popular trends in kitchen spaces. 

While white and neutral hued cabinetry are still popular, there is a move toward incorporating more colorful cabinetry in the kitchen, particularly rich blues and greens. This infusion of color feels fresh and can create a sense of desired contrast. For those who still lean toward a more neutral look, dark gray cabinetry provides a subtle, yet sophisticated touch. 

In regard to surfaces, natural stone and quartz remain solid choices. However, materials like concrete, wood and stainless steel are gaining traction, as are countertops made of recycled materials. Integrated sinks, in which there is no visible seam between the sink and countertop, are also popular and offer a clean, streamlined look, making them a great option for more minimalist kitchens. 

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When it comes to appliances, matte black stainless steel continues to be on trend and provides a dramatic counterpoint to lighter colored cabinetry and accents. On the other hand, many designers and homeowners are opting to forgo stainless and instead are choosing colorful mid-century style appliances. These appliances combine nostalgic style with modern features, making them well-suited for a wide range of decor styles and kitchen spaces.

Antique-inspired appliances are also getting the attention of both designers and homeowners. These timeless appliances can be paired with elements such as a farmhouse sink, exposed wood beams and vintage accents to bring classic style and authentic character to Victorian homes and cottages and cabins.

One thing is clear – no single kitchen style rules the day. In fact, there are virtually limitless ways to add character and style to kitchen spaces. Let’s get the design conversation started!

Our KBtribechat discussion questions:

Q1:  A recent study reported that homeowners are moving away from all white kitchens toward more colorful cabinetry and wood finishes. Are you seeing more colorful looks in the kitchen? Show us!

Q2:  With ‘aging in place’ and more people choosing to stay in their existing homes, many homeowners are opting to remodel their kitchens. What’s trending now in kitchen remodels? Share images.

Q3:  Many homeowners are moving into older neighborhoods and restoring Victorian and other period homes. Share photos of your favorite Victorian or farmhouse kitchens.

Q4:  What interesting ways have you seen antique and retro style appliances incorporated into kitchens? Images, please!

Q5:  Cabin and cottage style kitchens encourage a range of styles – from rustic to contemporary. What design trends are you seeing in these types of kitchens?

Q6:  What are some creative ways to add character to a kitchen – e.g., accessories, appliances, cabinetry, countertops, etc.? Photos, please!

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Thinking Ahead to the Future Kitchen

A design discussion Sponsored and Hosted by Whirlpool Corporation KBT2 What will the kitchen of the future look like? The best people to answer that question are building and designing the kitchens of today, and Whirlpool Corporation will bring them together to discuss what’s possible! On October 3, the world’s leading manufacturer of major home appliances will host our KBTribeChat and stir up conversations about the kitchen of the future — how it will function, what it will look like, and the technological advances it will include. Whirlpool Corporation has evolved its conceptual smart kitchen to make sure the environment and appliances can anticipate a family’s unique needs and adapt to unforeseen changes. Through new advancements like Scan-to-Cook and the upcoming ingredient recognition technology, Whirlpool Corporation is introducing innovations in the kitchen that are expertly personalizing the cooking, cleaning and entertaining experience.  KBT3 To prepare for the discussion, here are our chat questions:
  1. What features will the kitchen of the future include?
  2. What will future kitchen design look like?  
  3. How will connectivity play a role in the future kitchen?
  4. Do you anticipate sustainability to become more prevalent in the future kitchen? Explain.
  5. How will new products and innovations impact the future of cooking and cleaning? 

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on Wednesday, October 3

from 2 to 3pm eastern

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September 26 at #KBtribechat – Flooring Trends

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by DOMOTEX USA

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Flooring in the kitchen and bath is a major design component when considering a renovation or new construction project. Choosing the surface, color and design must be coupled with ease of care, durability, comfort, season of life and budget requirements. 

DOMOTEX USA, America’s Home for Flooring trade show is excited to sponsor this flooring-themed #KBtribechat and to hear from you as they prepare for an inaugural flooring event hosted by Hannover Fairs USA in Atlanta starting on February 28, 2019. Supported by the best in the industry, DOMOTEX USA offers the latest flooring designs along with innovative flooring products from around the world. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with trade experts, attend seminars and networking events while gaining exposure to the latest offerings for all aspects of the flooring industry.

Join us with co-host Loretta Willis, Allied ASID on Wednesday, September 26 at 2 p.m. ET to discuss the impact of flooring trends in your business as kitchen and bath pros share insights, product knowledge and trends in the flooring industry! 

We want to see you at America’s Home for Flooring. For our KBtribechat audience, we would love to offer you complimentary Expo Hall registration: Please use the promo code KBt19 when you register on our website at https://domotexusa.com.

Additionally, don’t miss your chance to win a trip* to DOMOTEX USA or one of our other DOMOTEX family shows in Hannover, Germany or Shanghai with our DOMOTEX World Tour Sweepstakes! You can find more information and enter here: https://domotexusa.com/worldtour/.

*If eligible. Terms and Conditions are available on the website.

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Our discussion questions:

  1. When does a flooring decision come into the design process? How important is it in your designing process?
  2. How often do you use soft surface flooring (carpets, area rugs, etc.) vs. hard surface flooring? Why?
  3. What specifications do you look for in bathroom flooring? What do you find works well?
  4. What is your preferred product for kitchen flooring?
  5. Floors are an important part of the kitchen. How do you convince your clients to invest in an upgrade in flooring to accommodate the lifestyle of the family?
  6. How do you educate your client to support the choice of flooring
  7. According to the NKBA, flooring accounts for approximately 7% of a kitchen remodeling budget. How does this relate to your projects? Does flooring take up more of the budget? Less? – how do you factor that into your kitchen proposal/flooring budget?
  8. If budget were no object, what type of flooring would you choose for a kitchen project? A bath? Share photos of your favorite floors from your projects!

Loretta J. Willis

Loretta J. Willis, Allied ASID | Loretta’s Interior Design, LLC | Design Blogger | @ljwillisdesigns | alightreflection.com

Creative and visionary Interior Designer with a background in corporate management and merchandising, Loretta is passionate about helping others create beautiful and functional interiors tailored to client’s lifestyle and design needs. As a member of ASID (American Society of Interior Design) Loretta’s vast design knowledge, leadership and volunteer roles have resulted in strong client and industry trade partnership as well as a popular luxury design trends blogger.

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About DOMOTEX USA

DOMOTEX USA is a new annual flooring innovations industry trade show and conference. The event is the latest extension of the 30-year-old DOMOTEX, the world’s foremost showcase for floor coverings held annually in Hannover, Germany in January. DOMOTEX USA is focused on the needs of the residential floor covering industry’s buyers and manufacturers. The trade show features product displays across soft and hard surfaces including area rugs, carpet, hardwood, laminate, resilient, as well as flooring technology. 

For further information, visit the show’s website at www.DomotexUSA.com and social media sites:

Facebook – @DomotexUSA – https://www.facebook.com/DomotexUSA/     

Twitter – @DomotexUSA – https://twitter.com/DomotexUSA      

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/company/domotexusa    

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/domotexusa/  

About DOMOTEX Worldwide

Deutsche Messe organizes a number of DOMOTEX events around the world. DOMOTEX is the world’s leading annual trade show for carpets and floor coverings and is scheduled to run from January 11-14, 2019 in Hannover, Germany. For more information, visit www.domotex.de.  

The new DOMOTEX USA trade show is scheduled to run from February 28 to March 2, 2019 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit www.domotexusa.com.

DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR, the largest international trade show for carpets and floor coverings in the Asia-Pacific region, is held annually in Shanghai. DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR 2019 is scheduled to run from March 26-28, 2019. For more information, visit www.domotexasiachinafloor.com. 

DOMOTEX Turkey is Turkey’s leading trade show for carpets and floor coverings. DOMOTEX Turkey 2019 is scheduled to run from April 27-30, 2019 in Gaziantep. For more information, visit www.domotexturkey.com.  

 

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September 19 at #KBtribechat – Design Preferences

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Our KBtribechat discussion questions: 

1.) Cabinet style – Do you prefer frameless euro construction or face frame cabinetry? Why? What are the pros and cons of each?

2.) Do euro style cabinets really make the best use of space as is often claimed? Explain!

3.) Microwaves – How do you most often design them into kitchens? Built into a cabinet with a trim kit? Specify micro-hoods? Prefer micro drawers? Provide a cubby or shelf?

4.) Remember Avocado, Harvest Gold and Coppertone? – Would you like to see a standard color come back for kitchen appliances? What color (s) would you suggest?

5.) Kitchen sinks – Do you prefer stainless steel or white porcelain for the kitchen sink? Please explain! What are the pros and cons of each?

6.) Clients don’t understand that there is no “standard white”. Even with white on white being popular, there needs a designers eye involved to get it right. What are your go-to whites and strategy involving them?

7.) What is your favorite kitchen wall color? Why?

Join this Twitter conversation on Wednesday, September 19, from 2 to 3pm eastern,  by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets! 

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August 22 at #KBtribechat – Kitchen Design Trends

A mid-year review

Sponsored and Hosted by GE Appliances

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This is Cafe.

From mixed metals to new matte finishes we’re discussing the materials and styles that are on trend in kitchen design. Join us for a Twitter Chat hosted by GE Appliances on Wednesday, August 22 at 2 pm ET to discuss your favorite looks in the kitchen.

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Another beautiful Café kitchen.

Our KBtribechat questions: 

1. What finishes or materials are trending in kitchen design?

2. What is the biggest design request you hear from people who are remodeling their kitchen?

3. How has the rise of open floor plans affected kitchen design?

4. What do you believe drives appliance choices? Design or Tech?

5. Do you believe in mixing and matching finishes, why or why not?

6. What finish or design element do you wish existed out there for appliances?

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Black Café appliances, yes please!

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August 15 at #KBtribechat – Peace of Mind Solutions for Health

A kitchen design discussion

Hosted by Toni Sabatino

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“Wellness” is a term that you hear quite often lately. Peace of mind
adds to good health. What can we do with kitchen design to promote a
sense of well being? Some of my thoughts are good ventilation,
thoughtful storage and a simplicity of materials for low VOC and easy
clean. More thinking takes it a step further with wellness being related
to how we eat and how that relates to appliances and food prep. I would
like to see your thoughts around this trend of wellness in the home.

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My KBtribechat questions: 

What kind of design image does the term wellness inspire in the kitchen?
Share photos

How does the design of the kitchen ease the burden of preparing fresh
food? Do you find usefulness in things like sinks with accessories such
as cutting boards and colanders and herb savers in the frig?

Are clients interested learning about current technologies? I install
more steam ovens and very few microwaves as the nutritional value of the
food is much better. Do you find yourself educating your clients about
benefits of steam cooking for creating healthier meals? Induction
cooking for cleaner air?

I think lighting has a major effect on our sense of well being. Please
share any kitchen related lighting ideas, especially for those urban
spaces that limited natural light.

Do you find yourself looking for the healthiest choices in materials?
Are you considering the VOC emissions when determining the performance
of a product? What are some of your favorite products when thinking
about “healthy kitchens” and why?

Do you think of living in place or aging in place concepts when you
think of wellness? What design features and specialty appliances, tech
or gadgets do you find work best for people of any ability?

Less clutter generally creates more peace of mind. Show your best
storage solutions for ease of use.

Technology that counts your steps, calories and other health relates
features is everywhere. How do you say tech playing a role in the
kitchen?

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August 8 at #KBtribechat – Neutrals vs. Color in the Kitchen & Bath

A design discussion! 

Sponsored and Hosted by Use Natural Stone

When it comes to the kitchen and bath, the array of available design options – from appliances to surface materials to paint colors – is virtually endless, making it easier than ever before to personalize these spaces. While neutrals remain popular, infusing kitchens and bathrooms with color is gaining traction.

Let’s take a closer look at the options.

Perfectly Neutral. It’s hard to go wrong with neutrals (think white, black, brown, cream, gray, and pretty much any muted earthy tone). These subtle hues “go” with everything, and offer a solid foundation for decorating, regardless of style. When layered, neutrals can create a very harmonious look, and when interesting textures and patterns are incorporated – natural stone countertops or a tiled shower surround, for example – the results can be understated, yet undeniably sophisticated.

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Images – clockwise from left: Artistic Tile, Aria Stone Gallery, Fernando’s Marble Shop

Color(ful) Stories. Adding color – whether on a small or larger scale – can freshen up a monochromatic color scheme and bring new life to a kitchen or bath space. Cabinetry in hues of blue and green is popping up more frequently and can be a great complement to warm woods and metallic finishes. Natural stone surfaces are another great way to inject color into kitchens and bathrooms. Granite and quartzite can both be found in a variety of inviting hues, and – when used for a feature wall, backsplash or waterfall island – can create a striking focal point within a space.

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Images – clockwise from left: Aria Stone Gallery, Flemington Granite, Polycor


Our KBtribechat discussion questions:

Q1) When it comes to the bathroom, what inspires you – spaces layered in neutral hues or spaces that makes a statement with bold color?

Q2) What about bathroom surfaces specifically – e.g., vanities and shower surrounds? Do you prefer to “go neutral” or opt for surfaces with a pop of color?

Q3) Thinking about the kitchen now. What are the best ways to bring color into a kitchen without overwhelming the space? Share photos, please.

Q4) What about adding color (and movement) through pattern – e.g., patterned countertops and backsplashes. What patterns are trending at the moment?

Q5) Black is a timeless, sophisticated neutral. Are you seeing black used in the kitchen and bath? Photos please!

Q6) What hues do you think will be most important in kitchens and bathrooms as we move into 2019, and why? (There are no wrong answers!)

Q7) Share photos of your favorite kitchens and baths, and tell us why you love them!

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