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September 8 at #KBtribechat – Inspirational Elements

A design discussion!

 

For this discussion, please share details you have found inspirational! We want to see lots of pictures of exceptional kitchens and bathrooms.

Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) What cabinetry has inspired you lately? Any exciting door styles or millwork? Decorative hardware? Storage solutions?

2.) What lighting have you found inspirational and fun?

3.) What are your favorite ways to use a stand-out feature in your designs? (Flooring, backsplashes, stoves, bathtubs, etc.)

4.) What uses of color has inspired you lately?

5.) Open shelves are popular. How do you make them useful and stunning?

6.) Do you sometimes use salvaged materials in your designs? Share ways you incorporate them!

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August 11 at #KBtribechat – Kitchen Design: a mid-year review

This gorgeous, on-trend, contemporary kitchen features Crossville porcelain slab counters and walls in unpolished State of Grace, a Bertazzoni dual-fuel range and hood, Northern Contours high-gloss Acrylic cabinet doors and Franke stainless steel sinks + chef faucets.

Our discussion 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 trends are customers asking for in their design?

What’s desired today for kitchen lighting?

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

Another view – the pantry adds interest to the room with Element Designs stainless steel and back painted glass cabinet doors.

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The bar, featuring a Zephyr Presrv™ French Door Wine & Beverage Cooler, sits across the room from the kitchen, echoing the pantry design with additional Element Designs stainless steel and back painted glass doors on the upper cabinetry. Crossville porcelain slab counters and Northern Contours high-gloss acrylic cabinet doors on the base also connect this element with the kitchen.

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5/12 at #KBtribechat – KBtribe weigh-in on desirable kitchen features

A design discussion!

Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) As influencers in the kitchen and bath industry, what are you recommending regarding the open plan concept with a kitchen island?

2.) What about kitchen countertops? What is your current thinking on desirable countertop materials and looks?

3.) Backsplashes have become spectacular. What looks are gaining traction?

4.) As trendsetters, what major kitchen appliance looks and features are must haves?

5.) What flooring looks and materials are in demand?

6.) How are you adding color to kitchens?

7.) Are you still mixing and matching metals? What works?

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February 10 at #KBtribechat – An Industry Spotlight

Sponsored and Hosted by Signature Kitchen Suite and Rev-A-Shelf.

Here’s are the links to view the Pinterest Boards compiled from this KBtribechat discussion:

Signature Kitchen Suite’s Industry Spotlight Board

Rev-A-Shelf’s Industry Spotlight Board

We would normally be getting together in person this time of the year, going from booth to booth to see the latest from top brands at KBIS. The inspiration must be found virtually this year. Next Wednesday at 2pm eastern, KBtribechat will bring you the latest innovations from Signature Kitchen Suite and Rev-A-Shelf.

The Signature Kitchen Suite Questions:

Q1. Home cooking and experimenting in the kitchen has increased significantly in the past year. Which versatile cooking method would you say you’re seeing used the most?

Q2. What are some key reasons for including undercounter refrigeration in home design?

Q3. Speaking of wine refrigeration, what are you expecting to trend in 2021 when it comes to wine storage?

Q4. Just for fun: what is the most important piece in a full kitchen suite? What appliance do you pick first when it comes to kitchen design?

The Rev-A-Shelf Questions:

Q1. Let’s address the elephant in the room. How has COVID changed K+B design?

Q2. Moving on to a better year and brighter homes. Do you spec undercabinet light last? Why or why not?

Q3. The multipurpose room is in demand. What specialized rooms are you designing? What storage needs are you specifying or in need of?

Q4. Many of us have tackled the process of cleaning up and editing our closets during this time at home. What are you seeing in closet design and smart storage ideas?

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February 3 at #KBtribechat – Spicing It Up with Design

A kitchen and bath industry Twitter discussion!

Our KBtribechat Questions:

1.) How do you add interest to kitchens in the design of the cabinetry?

2.) What tips do you have to create stunning bathroom cabinetry?

3.) How can we add pizzaz to kitchens and baths using color?

4.) Cabinet knobs and pulls are often called jewelry. How can our hardware choices add that special touch?

5.) Lighting can also be considered “jewelry” in a room. What lighting do you love for kitchens?

6.) What lighting do you love for bathrooms?

7.) How do you use fixture finishes to tie a design together? (sinks, faucets, trim, knobs/pulls, lighting, appliances)

8.) How can we add dynamism to kitchens and baths with our countertop, backsplash and flooring choices?

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October 16 at #KBtribechat – Lighting Trends

A kitchen and bath industry design discussion!

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Our KBtribechat Questions:

1.) What kitchen lighting trends are you seeing?

2.) Please share pictures of kitchens with spectacular lighting! Which fixtures are you especially liking for kitchen lighting?

3.) What trends are you are seeing for bathroom lighting?

4.) Which type of light fixtures are you loving for bathroom lighting?  Share pictures!

5.) How are you integrating LED?

6.) Are you doing more lighting in cabinet interiors? Explain!

7.) Are you back-lighting stone or quartz in your projects? Share ideas you like for this application!

8.) What lighting technology are you using in your projects?

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Kitchen and Bath Lighting

KBTribeChat will be sponsored and hosted by Lamps Plus Pros on January 23.

Lamps Plus Pros is the professional trade division of Lamps Plus, a family owned company and leader in the lighting industry for over 40 years. Lamps Plus Pros is the lighting and home furnishing resource for professional interior designers, contractors, builders and electricians. The division features professional trade pricing, free membership, same-day shipping on most orders and one-on-one account manager service. Our dedicated account managers support interior designers with exclusive designs “value engineered” to ensure the best trade pricing. For more information: LampsPlus.com/Pros.

Our KBtribechat questions: 

  1. What trends are you seeing in kitchen lighting?
  2. What are the biggest mistakes homeowners make in kitchen lighting?
  3. Which fixtures are you especially liking for kitchen lighting?
  4. How should you approach your kitchen lighting scheme?
  5. What are trends you are seeing for bathroom lighting?
  6. What are the biggest mistakes homeowners make in bathroom lighting?
  7. Which bathroom fixtures are you preferring?

Erica Islas, Lamps Plus interior designer, will be providing expertise for the chat. She is a renowned interior designer with a specialty in kitchen and bath design, having been featured in major national media.

Be sure to follow @LampsPlus and join us on Twitter, Wednesday, January 23, from 2-3pm eastern time by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets.

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January 16 at #KBtribechat – Design Crush Kitchens

A design discussion

Design Crush features | Soapstone -Polycor | Range – BlueStar | Hood – Zephyr Ventilation | Sink/Faucet – Franke | Pendant Lights – Wilson Lighting | photo by Edward Caldwell Photography

This week we are pinning to our group board Kitchens. Let us know if you’d like to be added to this board!

Our KBtribechat Questions: 

1.) Is aesthetic beauty the main reason for your design crush on a kitchen?: Explain!

2.) Sometimes the whole is more than the sum of the parts. Please share images of kitchens you LOVE and tell us why you find them exciting!

3.) How does appliance choice affect our reaction to a kitchen?

4.) How do you go about choosing color for the kitchen? Do “colors of the year” affect your choices? What colors do you find spectacular for kitchens?

5.) Mixing metal details is a fun way to add excitement to a space. Do you like this concept? Why? Share images of kitchens that do a good job including mixed metals!

6.) Can designing for health and sustainability also be a trophy kitchen? Explain!

7.) Sometimes we find ourselves crushing on the details. What kitchen organizers, storage solutions, decorative hardware, lighting or tech have delighted you?

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3 Ways to Stress Less in the Kitchen in 2019


If your 2019 New Year’s resolution is anywhere in the realm of “stressing less,” then you’re not alone! We’re here to help—starting in the kitchen!

 


The new year is here! Are you ready to rock your 2019 dinner parties, birthday bashes, and everything in between? Whether you’re meal prepping, getting lunches ready for the kids, trying out that tasty recipe that you saw online, or feeding an entire dinner party, wouldn’t it be nice if your kitchen could help ease some of the stress? We’ve gathered a few things from Control4 that can help reduce the stress the kitchen brings for 2019.

Voice assistants, such as the Amazon Alexa family, make it easy to stay on task while you handle something else simultaneously. Just ask Alexa to start a timer, play a song, ask for measuring comparisons, lower the thermostat, and so much more all while you continue your current task. Look at that, you never even had to look up from the cutting board, which you should never do anyway to ensure you keep all of your digits in tact! But that’s not all; Amazon Alexa devices are capable of so much more than just setting timers when incorporated into a smart home system. Commands like “Alexa, turn on cooking” can simultaneously bring up the kitchen lights to 100%, turn the TV on to Food Network or start up your favorite playlist on the speakers in the kitchen, and turn the thermostat down to make your cooking routine as easy as pie.

Connected appliances, such as stoves, refrigerators, slow cookers, etc. are time-savers, and sometimes sanity-savers! We can’t be the only ones that have left the grocery list sitting on the counter, only to realize it while parking at the grocery store. Enter smart refrigerators. With futuristic features like cameras so you can actually look inside your fridge while you’re at the store, screens so you can create and add to shopping lists every time you open the refrigerator, and remote access to be able to send those lists directly to your phone, you’ll never have to hand-write a list again. And with connected stoves, multitasking has never been easier. Stepping away to check more off of your to-do list while something simmers used to be a dangerous game. But now you can just tell the app to turn the temperature down while you’re in the other room! Not today stove-top disasters, not today.


Probably one of the last things you’re thinking about while you’re cooking is having a touch screen in the kitchen. But trust us, once you’ve experienced the ease of touch screens, you can’t live without them…or, at least, you won’t want to live without them! Notify the entire house that it’s time for dinner, video chat with your partner while they’re still at the store, communicate with a visitor at the door, all without putting that spatula down. A CONTROL4 TOUCH SCREEN with the Intercom Anywhere app in the kitchen works as a video chat device, an intercom system, and a smart doorbell station. This means distractions, like someone at the door or the kids not coming down when you’ve called, take up less of your time so you can focus on that gorgeous meal you’ve been working so hard on.

Interested in learning more about connected devices and our favorite kitchen tech?
Head to Twitter on January 9, starting at 2 p.m. ET and search for the #KBTribeChat hashtag, or add #KBTribeChat to your tweets to join the conversation! And don’t forget to follow @Control4.

Check out our KBtribechat questions:

Q. Have you ever used smart home technology in your own home or in your designs?

Q. What smart home technology have you been wanting to learn more about? Or, what smart home technology have you recently learned about that you love?

Q. What is an issue/struggle in the kitchen that you would love for technology to solve?

Q. What is one must-have piece of technology you want (or already have) in the kitchen. Why?

Q. What are the must-haves when it comes to lighting in a kitchen?

Q. What are accessibility issues you try to solve when designing a kitchen?

Q. How, as a designer, would you define the term “smart home” to your clients?

Q. What would you consider to be an ideal “smart home” environment?

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August 29 at #KBtribechat – Lighting Trends

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Rev-A-Shelf

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Household technology is undergoing a transformation that’s changing the way we think about our daily routines. More specifically, we want to talk about the impact lighting has on our home and even health.

Today’s progressive lighting schemes aren’t about lights that go on and off; they’re about being partners in enhancing our lifestyle.

 

Our KBtribechat Questions:

1.)  There has been an increase in studies linking lighting and health. Have you seen an increase in demand for human-centric lighting? This is lighting that can benefit the biological, emotional, health or well-being of people.

2.)  What type of smart lighting technology (Bluetooth Smart, Z-Wave, ZigBee) are your customers asking for and how comfortable are you in explaining their various options?

3.) The retro look keeps nudging its way into lighting design. What have you been seeing lately? Share pictures!

4.) Integrated LED lighting in, above and below cabinets and drawers is one of the hottest kitchen trends. Are you seeing new or innovative places homeowners are installing lighting?

5.) Bigger is better. Homeowners are falling in love with bigger fixtures to create a “WOW” factor over an island, dining table, etc. Are you adding these to your designs?

6.) With the demand for LED growing, how many of you are comfortable with and actively specify cabinet lighting vs. leaving it to the electrician?

7.) What areas in kitchen and bath do you feel there is a lack of lighting options?

8.) Are you loving the trend of backlighting countertops? Tell us what you think, and share pictures of some of your favorites!

 

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