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May 24 at #KBtribechat – Designing With Natural Materials

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by The Natural Stone Institute 

In an increasingly busy world, people are seeking ways to reconnect with nature. One of the simplest ways to “bring the outdoors in” is to utilize natural materials in the home. Not only are natural materials beautiful and sustainable, but they are also typically highly durable and long lasting.

From reclaimed wood walls to bamboo flooring to natural stone countertops, natural materials imbue spaces with intrinsic warmth and an organic feel that is at once grounding and rejuvenating. Moreover, natural materials can complement virtually any decor style – making them a highly versatile design choice.

Puma Marble Company

Image by Puma Marble Company

Perhaps one of the most appealing aspects of natural materials is their quality and uniqueness. There is something deeply satisfying about choosing a slab of natural stone that was formed by nature thousands or even millions of years ago, and then seeing that slab within a home.

ROCKin'teriors

Image by ROCKin’teriors

Of course, the benefits of natural materials extend far beyond aesthetics. Natural materials are also eco-friendly and in many cases, can be sourced locally or regionally, which helps to offset fuel usage incurred during transportation. A number of natural materials – wood, cork, and bamboo, for instance – are renewable. Others, like natural stone, can be recycled or salvaged for a variety of uses – both indoors and out.

Illinois Granite and Marble

Image by Illinois Granite & Marble, Ltd

Natural materials are like a fine wine—getting better and more beautiful as they age.

On Wednesday, May 24 at 2pm eastern, join MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute for a Twitter discussion on designing with natural materials.

Our KBtribechat questions:

Q1: Are clients concerned with making green design choices for kitchen remodels? What advice do you give them?

Q2: Natural materials like stone are durable and easy to care for. What maintenance tips do you give clients?

Q3: What is your favorite natural stone to work with in bathroom designs? Share photos to show why!

Q4: Do you work with salvaged or recycled materials? What are some of your favorite places to use these materials?

Q5: Have you noticed any trends or innovations in using natural materials like stone? What makes them interesting?

Q6: What natural stone applications or finishes are most popular with clients? Have you tried anything new lately?

Q7: Natural materials are one-of-a-kind. Share some unique ways you’ve used them in projects.

Join this Twitter discussion

on Wednesday, May 24

from 2 to 3 pm eastern

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

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January 4 at #KBtribechat – Why Natural Stone?

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by The Natural Stone Institute 

Traditional Home Magazine Atlanta Kitchen

In a marketplace crowded with new, often manmade options for kitchen and bathroom surfaces, why do designers and consumers continue to choose natural stone? We know that natural stone is one of the world’s oldest building materials, but since designers and architects continue to imagine innovative ways to use this classic material, natural stone is anything but outdated. Natural stone is durable, versatile, unique, and easy to maintain—not to mention environmentally-friendly. When treated properly, natural stone can last a lifetime, taking on different personas within a space. Variations in natural stone’s broad range of color, pattern, and texture are interesting and impossible to replicate. The intrinsic properties of natural stone cannot be mimicked, manufactured, or faked. Perhaps a better question would be: why wouldn’t you choose natural stone?

This is natural so the appearance is so beautiful

MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute is an industry trade association serving over 1900 members in 55 countries who represent every aspect of the natural stone industry. Their new website features stories and photos that seek to educate and inspire visitors to choose natural stone.

Todd Richesin Interiors

Join MIA+BSI at 2pm on January 4th for a discussion on why natural stone is the top choice for kitchen and bathroom applications.

The KBtribechat Questions:
1. What is the most interesting/innovative application you’ve seen accomplished with natural stone?

2. There are thousands of varieties of natural stone. Which are your favorite to use in kitchen and bathroom applications?

3. White stones are neutral yet unique. What accent colors do you prefer to incorporate into rooms with natural stone?

4. Natural stone is classic. How do you combine classic and contemporary elements to create timeless kitchen designs?

5. Natural stone adds elegance to the smallest spaces. What is your favorite way to add natural stone to bathrooms?

6. There are many misconceptions about natural stone. Which have you heard repeated most often (and why aren’t they true)?

Here’s the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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