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

A design discussion! 

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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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Residential Remodeling Trends for Interior & Exterior and the Boom for Your Bottom Line!

August 1 at #KBtribechat

Sponsored and Hosted by Remodeling Show co-located with DeckExpo

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Remodeling activity is already a record-setter, and on pace for another record year in 2018, according to data sourced from Metrostudy News, May 21, 2018. The market is prime to promote home improvement, so increase your customer’s familiarity with the latest innovative and design trends in the remodeling space.

 

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Remodeling Show co-located with DeckExpo bring together residential remodeling and building professionals from all over the country to experience the hottest products, learn the newest building techniques, and build their professional reach through exciting networking activities. The in-depth education program includes hands-on training and business education through live building clinics, on-floor demonstrations, and conference sessions with influencers. Connect with industry experts and learn new skills to elevate your craft!

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Our KBtribechat questions: 

Q1.) Let’s talk style! What are the most popular remodeling trends today? Post your pictures and share comments.

Q2.) What are the latest design & product trends in residential remodeling and custom building that are most likely to increase a home’s value? Show examples and give explanations.

Q3.) How are the demographics of aging in place and millennials changing remodeling trends and innovations?

Q4.) For kitchen and baths, are there certain features (hardware, finishes, space savers, shower systems) that are in high demand and can fetch top dollars?

Q5.) How can “Smart Home” create competition for sale? (video doorbell, thermostat, lighting controls, built-in security, audio video)

Q6.) Color trends interior or exterior; are there colors that are more appealing for home purchase or sale?

Q7.) Let’s talk about exterior trends. Show examples and give explanations.

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July 25 at #KBtribechat – Kitchen Design for Foodies

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Our KBtribechat questions: 

1.) What are the elements that put the “gourmet” in a gourmet kitchen?

2.) Is a large island an important component of a kitchen for those who want to try new foods and share with friends and family? Explain!

3.) What sink area and dishwasher features do you recommend for foodies?

4.) What surfacing materials are recommended for those keenly interested in exploring food and cooking? Why?

5.) What cooking appliances do you recommend for those who want to explore new recipes and cooking techniques?

6.) Do you have recommended storage solutions for a wide range of cooking implements and supplies?

7.) What about refrigeration? What features do you recommend for the ambitious home cook?

8.) What other tips do you have to create versatile kitchens designed to explore food?

 

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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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May 23rd at #KBtribechat – The Kitchen Hidden in Plain Sight

Hosted by Toni Sabatino
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This photo of Florense | Kitchens + Furniture was taken by Toni Sabatino

I have noticed kitchen design that becomes interior design with a kitchen happening in it. Open floor plan living with the full integration of appliances, storage, prep space and seating into the larger living environment is not new, but technology and innovative design are taking it to a new level. Sleek tall walls with pocket or sliding doors are hiding appliances like never before. Appliance manufacturers are creating more options for personalizing with modular refrigeration and cooking appliances.

 

My recent visit to Euro Cucina at Salone Del Mobile with Designhounds, Digital Community Network of Design Experts, a platform by MODENUS Media, was a real eye opener as display after display featured this integrated arrangement. Tall walls and large islands dominated with integrated closets, storage, even laundry. It seems this new luxury environment is high performance and understated. I am interested to see what our design community thinks of this concept. Will the integration of simple high performance goods and technology move from the Tesla and into the home?

 Our KBtribechat questions:

1. The open floor plan is a popular living solution. Do you think clients would embrace hiding the kitchen in the space? Explain!

2. Appliance integration with furniture styling like the refrigeration armoire has been popular. Are you familiar with modular appliances on furniture with legs? How would you use this design?

3. Are you familiar with the use of induction hidden below porcelain slab counters hiding the “cooktop” elements from view? What other design ideas do you have to hide kitchen appliances from view?

4. Do you see solutions that could hide the kitchen in a space oozing old school elegance but still having ultra modern hidden conveniences? Please share!

5. Besides the main kitchen, what rooms/areas are particularly good for a hidden design?

6. Do you find yourself desiring / or designing hidden spaces for electronics and integration hardware in the home? How do you hide them?

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The Technicurean™ Kitchen #KBtribechat

Sponsored and Hosted by Signature Kitchen Suite 

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What kitchen design features are a must for the serious at home chef? What are the best built-in appliances for culinary-obsessed, tech-savvy clients?
Meet the “Technicureans,” an emerging group of socially conscious consumers that are as passionate about cooking as they are about their technology, especially the latest products that can perfect their meal and ensure greater respect for their food.
Signature Kitchen Suite is inviting you to a special KBtribechat on Wednesday, April 25 at 2 p.m. ET as we discuss how to create stylish and functional kitchen designs with professional appliances perfectly suited for a Technicurean client.

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Our KBtribechat Questions

• How do you define a gourmet kitchen vs. a chef’s kitchen?

• What is the most important feature in a kitchen for your clients?

• What cooking technique is crucial for delivering accurate, consistent temperatures?

• What are the best design features for preserving the food?

• Technicureans rely on technology to make cooking more convenient. What emerging kitchen technology trends are you most excited for?

• What are some “must-have” design elements for a Technicurean’s kitchen?

• What kitchen design solutions add a “technicurean” touch?

• How do you integrate new appliances into a timeless kitchen design?

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April 4th at #KBtribechat – Modern Design

Hosted by Element Designs.

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Our KBtribechat questions: 

• What is your favorite ELEMENT of modern DESIGNS?

• What is the most important aspect of modern design in kitchens?

• Metals are more diverse and popular than ever in kitchens and baths. What are some of best ways you’ve seen metallics used in modern design?

• What is a must-have for modern design in bathrooms?

• White will always be a mainstay of modern design, but what colors do you see as on-trend right now?

• Share your favorite example of modern design.  Let’s see pictures!

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