The kitchen has always been the heart of the home, and while hosting is looking very different these days, people are still looking at ways to update their kitchen with the latest appliances that make their lives easier and make a design statement. One of the items that used to be overlooked and is now becoming the focal point in kitchen design is the range hood. Although it may have one of the dirtiest jobs in the kitchen, it’s time the range hood took its seat at the table as a kitchen design star. Offering a dizzying array of options in looks, power, noise control and operation, this appliance can update a kitchen in more ways than one, inside and out.
For the past 25 years, Zephyr has transformed the kitchen through design, discovery, and care, and played an integral role in kitchen design trends. The company leads the ventilation category with groundbreaking technology and has collaborated with cutting-edge creative talents. And while the San Francisco-based company continues to elevate the range hood with new products and technology, Zephyr recently branched out to revolutionize another aspect of domestic leisure: beverage cooling.
With the introduction of Presrv™ Wine and Beverage Coolers, Zephyr applies its signature, superior craftsmanship to the art of refrigeration. Presrv reflects the smart design and technology of Zephyr’s original ventilation products in a whole new context, providing accessible wine and beverage cooling products to everyone from the casual home entertainer to the seasoned wine enthusiast.
Please join us for KBTribeChat on Wednesday, September 23rd for a discussion around ventilation trends sponsored by Zephyr.
Our KBtribechat questions:
1.) How important is kitchen ventilation to your clients during the design process? Are they educated on the importance of ventilation or is it an afterthought when selecting kitchen appliances?
2.) With people more concerned now than ever with a healthy home and clean air, are you finding that clients are asking more about ventilation features such as recirculating options, clean air features, etc.?
3.) Share trends that you are noticing around kitchen ventilation. (Style, technology, energy efficiency, etc.) – Please share photos!
4.)What type of innovation would you like to see in range hood design and technology?
5.) There is a lot of buzz around “connected” appliances, but what does that mean to you and your clients? How would you like to interact with a connected range hood (e.g. diagnostics, controlling hood remotely, voice activation, etc.)?
6.) Zephyr also manufactures a line of Presrv™ Wine & Beverage Coolers with many of the same features as our range hoods (virtually silent, innovative technology, and quality materials). How are your clients integrating wine or beverage coolers throughout the home?
7.) Share photos of your favorite home bar / wine cooler installations!
1.) What are the most popular design styles that your clients are asking for?
2.) Personalization is an important part of today’s kitchen & bath designs and drives the demand for mixing design styles. What are some tips to customize a space in order to provide your customer with their ideal design style combination?
3.) Modern farmhouse is the quintessential design style combination, but there are so many options in addition to that. Share some of your favorite design style combinations!
4.) Some materials are selected for aesthetic reasons, some are selected based on functionality and some for both! What are your go-to material combinations when designing kitchens & baths and why?
5.) Are there any trending materials or finishes that you think are here to stay?
6.) How does budget effect your ability to mix design styles and materials?
7.) How have current life/ work trends affected your client’s material selections?
Looking for an excuse to celebrate? We’ve got one! Cheers to #KBtribechat on Wednesday August 19th, hosted by Signature Kitchen Suite! Join us for a design discussion all about wine and the current design trends around wine installations in the home.
Our KBtribechat Questions:
Q1. When it comes to wine columns, what size are you seeing most requested for kitchen installations?
Q2. What are the biggest challenges around adding a wine column to a floorplan?
Q3. What other rooms in the home are you seeing wine columns installed?
Q4. What are your clients most looking for – refrigeration, dry storage, multi-climate units, cellars or something else?
Q5. How important is the role of technology when it comes to wine storage?
Q6. What are the biggest benefits to having designated wine storage in the home?
Q7. What are you seeing as more important to your clients when it comes to selecting a wine storage unit – the form or the function?
Q8. We’re all going out less and staying home more. Are you seeing a rise in requests for wine storage in the home?
From Timeless to Minimalist, we’re talking about the latest in kitchen design trends on Wed, June 17 at 2 pm eastern. Bring your favorite looks, layouts and ideas to the upcoming Twitter Chat hosted by GE Appliances.
Our KBtribechat questions:
Minimalist, Timeless, Modern. What look do you see in today’s kitchens?
What materials are you seeing used in kitchen design?
How are people customizing their kitchens?
How has technology impacted the look and feel of a kitchen?
What functional/practical trend are customers asking for in their design?
If you could start or reinforce one trend in kitchen design, what would it be?
Consumers have spoken: Bigger isn’t always better. A desire for smaller homes was a trend identified in a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The survey revealed that most buyers prefer smaller homes with high-quality products over a more spacious home with fewer amenities.
Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of home appliances, knows that homes don’t have to be spacious in order to be efficient, high-performing and beautiful. With the right amenities, small spaces can emulate the functionality of a larger home, which will be discussed during our Designing for Small Spaces KBTribeChat on Wednesday June 10, co-hosted by Whirlpool Corporation (@WhirlpoolCorp) and PCBC (Pacific Coast Builders Conference), the premier homebuilding trade show on the West Coast (@PCBC_TheShow).
The chat was originally scheduled to take place at PCBC, and despite show plans changing, PCBC still plans to join Whirlpool Corporation to connect with building industry professionals and discuss small spaces.
Certain appliances and design elements can make all the difference when it comes to small spaces. Whirlpool Corporation’s family of brands offer innovative products that have been thoughtfully designed to suit a variety of home types, giving builders the appliance options that match virtually any project.
Join us at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 10 as we discuss what’s driving the desire for smaller homes and how beauty and performance can be maximized in small spaces.
To prepare for the discussion, here are our chat questions:
1.) What are some advantages of smaller homes?
2.) Which appliances and design elements can help increase performance and functionality in small spaces?
3.) How can you creatively maximize space in small kitchens or laundry rooms without sacrificing design?
4.) How can home chefs mimic the functionality of a large kitchen in a small space?
5.) How are different generational preferences influencing the design of small spaces?
Many people are taking on DIY projects and reimagining their homes during this lockdown period. If you’ve thought about upgrading your kitchen, join us for a Twitter Chat hosted by GE Appliances on Wed., May 20 at 2 pm ET. We’ll discuss design, finishes and features of gourmet kitchens.
Our KBtribechat Questions:
We’re spending more time at home than ever. If you could add one “gourmet” feature to your kitchen right now what would it be?
What refrigerator configuration or design do you see most in high end kitchens?
What appliance is the centerpiece of a gourmet kitchen?
What materials or colors do you associate with gourmet kitchens?
High end appliances often contain cutting edge technology. What technology do you expect to find in a gourmet kitchen?
Time to share. What has been the most gourmet meal you’ve cooked since shutdown began (or just one you really enjoyed)?