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April 22 at #KBtribechat – Tile Trends!

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Crossville, Inc.

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Who doesn’t love tile? It’s beautiful, functional, and sustainable. It’s simple to clean and maintain. With proper installation, it will last..and look great..for years to come.

Today, tile is more versatile for even more uses—in kitchens, baths, and beyond. Advancements in manufacturing have resulted in more formats, shapes, thicknesses, and styles for design professionals and homeowners to work with and enjoy in truly unique, stunning applications.

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Each year, we typically gather with sponsor Crossville, Inc. to talk tile in conjunction with the annual Coverings Expo, North America’s largest show for the tile and stone industry. Though the expo is canceled this year, the talk of tile is not! We are excited to meet virtually with Crossville—and YOU!—to share inspiration and information on the many ways tile can enhance our spaces. There are so many new products, looks, and options to discuss.

For everyone who joins us, get your photos ready to share! We want to see your tile designs during this fun exchange for our industry. Here is the question guide; get ready to chime in during this special tile talk.

Our KBtribechat Questions:

Q1: Tile trends—what do you love?

Q2: Share your fave tile performance characteristics.

Q3: How are current events guiding your materials selection?

Q4: Tips for working w/ installers for fab installations; do tell!

Q5: Show & Tell: Post pics of your tile designs!

BONUS:
As good timing would have it, our chat tile chat is happening on Earth Day 2020. Crossville will take the opportunity to share some notable news when we gather, so you’ll definitely want to be part of the conversation.

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February 19 at #KBtribechat – Tile Trends

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Coverings 2020

Precious Material Style Tile

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What makes a tile trend, a trend? By Coverings standards, a trend arises when a certain tile pattern, color, or look transcends any design style in particular, and is sourced and specified by architects, designers, contractors, and installers for a range of diverse projects. In an effort to celebrate tile’s aesthetic elements, durability, versatility, and timelessness for National Tile Day (Feb. 23rd), Coverings’ ambassador Alena Capra, alongside Coverings’ sponsors Ceramics of Italy, Tile Council of North America, and Tile of Spain, have compiled this year’s top 10 tile trends for 2020. The following tile trends are only a small taste of what you can find in the nine miles of tile at Coverings 2020:

1.) Mixed Color Palettes: Consumers are currently crazy for Pantone color of the year Classic Blue, and also blush pinks, sage green and dusty orange hues are used for a calming look.
2.) Refined Natural Wood Looks: Thanks to evolving digital printing technology and innovations in ink and fit technology, mimicking natural wood remains popular in 2020.
3.) Precious- and Gemstone-style Made Sustainable: From designs emulating rare marbles and semi-precious stones, such as onyx and agate, to tiles with an iridescent finish reminiscent of Akoya pearls, precious material styles are set to make a splash in the tile industry in 2020.
4.) Non-Rectangular / Mixed Geometrics: Trapezoid, rhombus and diamond-shaped tiles allow for more interesting layouts than simple grids and running bonds.
5.) Counter Culture: The durability and stain-resistance of porcelain make it an excellent countertop choice, which is why this type of gauged porcelain’s expanding applications will continue to be a 2020 favorite.
6.) Psychedelic: Expect bright, psychedelic colors, playful geometries and trippy patterns galore this year!
7.) Industrial Chic: Concrete- and stone-look tile options enrich environments with a chic artfulness while opening the door to endless, unique style choices.
8.) Modernized Marble: Traditional-inspired ceramic materials, such as emulated marble, have been modernized to adapt to today’s contemporary styles.
9.) Speckled Surfaces: This trend features technicolor dots and specks, and modern interpretations of terrazzo in 2020.
10.) Large-Scale Patterns: We will see a shift towards ceramic tiles with big, bold patterns that instantly catch the eye this year.

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For kitchen and bath professionals, and architects, designers, installers, retailers, distributors, and many others, keeping abreast of current trends is essential when specifying tile for their clients’ homes.

Coverings is the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, which annually attracts exhibitors and attendees from across the world who are eager to experience nine miles of tile, beautiful ceramic tile and natural stone vignettes, and vast education programs. Coverings 2020 will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, for the first time in more than 20 years, and take place April 20-23, 2020, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. With the event only two months away, now is the time to register to attend!

Register and attend at no cost: Learn more at coverings.com.

Twitter handle: @Coverings

Hashtag: #Coverings2020

Coverings will be sponsoring its second KBtribechat session February 19, 2020, just before National Tile Day, which takes place February 23. Join the conversation!

Non Rectangular Tile Trend

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Our Questions for KBtribechat, February 19, 2020, 2-3 p.m. ET:

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q1: Precious gemstone-look tile is already making an impact in 2020. What is your ideal space to use this type of tile?

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q2: Twitter poll: Mixed color palettes are set to make a splash in the tile industry in 2020. Which color trend are you most excited about? A.) Sage Green & Dusty Orange B.) PANTONE Classic Blue C.) Pretty Pinks

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q3: Trippy, asymmetric and colorful patterns are trending as psychedelic influences make a design impact on the tile industry in 2020. To you, what makes a tile installation “psychedelic?”

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q4: Wood-look tile continues to be one of the top tile trends in 2020! What are some of your favorite applications of this trend?

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q5: Share a photo of your favorite tile design or installation recently announced or completed using the #NationalTileDay hashtag! Go!

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q6: This year, we see non-rectangular geometric shaped tile as a trend sure to make an impression on any space in which it is used. What are some of your favorite non-rectangular geometric tile shapes to use?

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q7: The durability and stain-resistance of porcelain makes it an excellent countertop choice, and obvious trend for 2020. Where else do you like to use gauged porcelain?

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q8: Of all the tile trends we discussed during today’s #KBTribechat conversation, what have been your favorites? Why? Are there others?

Psychedelic Tile Trend

Paprica, Marca Corona – Ceramics of Italy

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November 20th at #KBtribechat – Let’s Talk Tile and Stone!

Sponsored and Hosted by Coverings 2020.

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Ceramic tile performs as an artful expression of both form and function, and its advantages reward design professionals and homeowners alike. Facilitated by modern innovations in manufacturing technology and international influence, tile is one of the most versatile building materials due to its many available sizes, colors, shapes, styles, and patterns. Not to mention, tile is a beautiful material that, because of its natural resistance to bacteria and easy-to-clean properties, performs terrifically in kitchens, baths and most any specified location. Ceramic tile offers benefits like no other covering product, such as being environmentally sound – having zero allergens, zero VOCs, etc. Tile is slip- and fire-resistant, and its inherent thermal mass reduces peak heating and cooling, helping to moderate temperature swings in a home or commercial space.

For kitchen and bath professionals, and architects, designers, installers, retailers, distributors, and many others, the place to see and experience the full benefits of tile is Coverings.

Coverings is the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, which annually attracts exhibitors and attendees from across the world who are eager to experience nine miles of tile, beautiful ceramic tile and natural stone vignettes, and vast education programs. Coverings 2020 will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, for the first time in more than 20 years, and take place April 20-23, 2020, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. With event plans already in the works, it is time to register to attend.

Register and learn more at coverings.com.

Twitter handle: @Coverings

Hashtag: #Coverings2020

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Coverings will be sponsoring two KBtribeChat sessions, the first being November 20, 2019, and, the second, February 19, 2020, just before National Tile Day.  Join the conversations!

Here are our questions for this week’s discussion:

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q1.) What tile trends do you see making a splash in 2020?

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q2.) Twitter poll: What keeps you specifying or using tile?: A.) Durability; B.) Sustainability & Healthy; C.) Maintenance Free; D.) Design Flexibility.

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q3.) What are your go-to tile preferences?

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q4.) Coverings 2020 will be hosted in New Orleans for the first time in 20 years. What about the “Big Easy” are you most looking forward to?

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q5.) As you install stone and tile, how do you keep the installation process seamless for clients?

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q6.) Are there any cultural or regional design styles that inspire you to use tile?

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q7.) Where do you use tile beyond the floor, backsplash, counter and wall?

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q8.) Do you think your clients or customers are aware of tile’s environmental and health benefits, and what could help them become more aware?

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q9.) Send us / post pictures of some of your favorite tile installations! Go!

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q10.) What is the number 1 aspect about attending Coverings that is most important to you?

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Adding Personality to Neutral Kitchens and Baths

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Our KBtribechat discussion questions:

1.) Neutral does not mean boring. Please share neutral kitchens and bathrooms you love. What do you like about them?

2.) What are your favorite ways to add interest to neutral kitchens?

3.) What about neutral bathrooms?

4.) What are your favorite colors for neutral kitchens?

5.) Are your neutral color choices different for bathrooms? What neutrals do you like for bathrooms?

6.) What are the benefits to using neutrals when designing kitchens and bathrooms?

7.) What material choices are your favorites for neutral kitchens?

8.) What about for bathrooms?

9.) How can designers help homeowners add color to their kitchens and feel comfortable doing so?

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#Coverings2019 #KBtribechat

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Crossville Inc.

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Tile—it’s functional art for our homes. Today, tile is more versatile and beautiful than ever thanks to advancing manufacturing technology and global design influences. There are so many styles, colors, sizes, shapes, and patterns to choose from for our interior spaces. Tile’s visual appeal and performance capabilities really shine in kitchens and baths, making it a staple surfacing choice for homeowners and design professionals alike.

The annual Coverings Expo is North America’s largest exposition for the tile and stone industry. Hundreds of exhibitors from across the globe converge to display miles of tiles to tens of thousands of show attendees who are excited to experience the latest and greatest.

To keep you at the forefront of new products and all that’s happening in tile industry, we’re once again hosting our weekly #KBTribeChat from the Crossville, Inc. booth on Coverings show floor. If you’ll be in Orlando for the show, please join us in person to tweet up with friends at booth 2600. If you can’t attend the show, join us online for the chat and discover what’s new and inspiring in the world of tile!

For everyone who’s part of this tile-focused chat, get your photos ready! We want to see your tile designs during this special conversation for our industry!

Our KBtribechat Questions:

Q1: Latest tile trends—share!

Q2: Any innovations compelling you to spec more tile?

Q3: Where do you find tile inspiration?

Q4: Share how you choose/work with installers.

Q5: What are your priorities when spec’ing tile?

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Why Tile Will Make You Love Where You Live and Work

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Coverings Trade Show

Our KBtribechat Questions:

*TWITTER POLL* 1.) When you think of tile and stone applications, do you think of the: a) kitchen b) bathroom c) both d) someplace else

2.) Tile is available in all shapes, sizes, and colors. What tile products are currently most requested by your clients?

3.) What are your favorite tile and stone trends right now? What trends do you think will be popular in 2019?

4.) Tile surfaces have numerous health and environmental benefits. How has using tile helped aid in the healthy design of a home?

5.) Coverings showcases tile & stone from all over the world each year. What location or culture have inspired you to use tile in your designs?

*TWITTER POLL* 6.) Why do you use tile? a) durability b) beauty c) versatility d) easy upkeep

7.) Installing tile & stone is a precise process. What steps do you take in your business to ensure a seamless and hassle-free application for clients?

8.) At Coverings, you gain the opportunity to learn from the best in the tile & stone biz! What are you most looking forward to at this year’s #coverings2019 in Orlando?

*Don’t forget to register: https://registration.experientevent.com/ShowTIL191/

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Trends in Surface Materials + Color for 2019

Sponsored and hosted by The International Surface Event (TISE):

SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo 2019

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Want to know what the experts are forecasting as trends for surfaces and color for 2019? Join during our #KBTribeChat hour as we take you on a journey of the four prominent themes arising in 2019, share just some of the flooring, stone and tile #TISE2019 brands who can help you achieve these looks, and offer color tips to enhance the overall design. Share your thoughts and your ideas!  

We also invite you to join us at in person @TISEevents this January 23-25, 2019 for a sensory experience. These four themes will be brought to life LIVE on the design stage at The DISH, as our international trends forecasting team Scarlet Opus infuses their concepts into a beautifully designed sensory space. Plus, a trend forecaster from their firm will be on-hand offering deeper insights into these themes and your next project. In addition, Scarlet Opus, has produced the 2019 Trends Audio Tour. After soaking in the trends at The DISH, take a walk across the floor as the audio tour guides you to view the curated exhibitors and their products on the exhibit hall floor. 

OH, and as a special thank you to all the #KBtribechat participants, we are offering you a Complimentary 2019 Trends Audio Tour! Use promo code TOUR1 when registering for TISE 2019 to receive this special offer. www.intlsurfaceevent.com/kbtribechat 

The International Surface Event (TISE): SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo is the largest North American event serving industry professionals who purchase, specify, or source flooring, stone, or tile products. To learn more on these topics from today and to see the products and services first-hand, register today to attend #TISE2019 this January in Las Vegas.  

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Discussion Questions

1a. Trend #1 is curious | stimulating | sensory | vitalizing| sustainable. How do you mix science and technology with nature in your designs?

1b.    What surfaces do you think can achieve the balance of technology and nature? What colors come to mind?

2a. Trend #2 is primitive | meaningful | reflective | rural | balanced. How do you bring peace to your designs? 

2b.    How would you achieve a rural, yet peaceful aesthetic using surface materials and color?

3a. Trend #3 is luxury | refined style | understated glamour | heritage. What does it look like to blend futuristic styling and maturity in a design?

3b.    What surfaces and colors do you think can achieve a refined, mature, luxurious design?

4a. Trend #4 is bold | diverse | cultural | self-expressive | free. How would you achieve a multi-cultured, multi-colored design?

4b.   In being bold. Would you put color and pattern in the surface materials, the paint, or other parts of the design?

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*Not applicable for already registered or NEM registrants. Discount is valid thru 1/21/19.  

 

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#Coverings2018 #KBtribechat

A Tile Trends Discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Crossville Tile.

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Tile, one of the most beloved surfaces across the centuries, is having a heyday! Now more than ever, people are clamoring for tile’s undeniable style—and its performance, as well. As we see interior design trends become more bold and a bit audacious, there’s plenty of tile to fall in line. From looks that harken to art deco’s roots to options that speak to the grand scale and deep colors of the old Dutch masters, today’s tile products are running the gamut of aesthetics, form, and function. Tile is increasingly specified in commercial and residential spaces, and thanks to advancements in the material, it’s being used in more plentiful and unique applications.

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The annual Coverings Expo is North America’s largest exposition for the tile and stone industry. One a thousand exhibitors from across the globe converge to display miles of tiles to tens of thousands of show attendees who are excited to experience the latest and greatest.

Because we’re focused on bringing our design community together to stay apprised of new products and latest, greatest news, we’re once again hosting our weekly #KBTribeChat from the Crossville, Inc. booth on Coverings show floor this year. If you’ll be in Atlanta for the show, please join us in person to tweet up with friends at booth 7654. If you won’t be able to attend the show, join us online for the chat and discover what’s new and inspiring in the world of tile!

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For all who are participating, get your tile photos ready! We want to see your favorite projects featuring tile, as well as pics of your favorite new products. We’ll share these and so much more during this special conversation for our industry!

Our KBtribechat questions:

Q1: Name the hottest new tile trends you’re loving.

Q2: How is tile fitting into emerging design trends?

Q3: Bold color/pattern for lasting surfaces like tile: yes/no/why?

Q4: Any common issues/priorities in spec’ing tile?

Q5: Show & tell of your favorite tile installations!

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March 14 at #KBribechat – Why Tile?

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Coverings.

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At Coverings, you can experience nine miles of tile and stone from around the world in one location. Join us in Atlanta May 8 – 11, 2018. We hope to see you at the show!
Click on this link to learn more and register for free.

Our KBtribechat questions:

• Q1) What tile trends are you seeing emerge for 2018 and beyond?

• Q2) Installing tile & stone is a precise process. What steps do you take in your business to ensure a perfect application for clients?

• Q3) Health and wellness are important factors today. How has using tile helped aid in the healthy design of a home?

• Q4) What tile trends or products are most requested by clients for their homes?

• Q5) In today’s busy world, tile offers a low-maintenance and durable alternative to other materials. How have you included tile in a recent project to increase durability?

• Q6) Tile at Coverings comes from all over the world. What cultures or global landmarks have inspired your use of tile?

• Q7) Coverings brings together the best of the tile & stone industry. What kinds of connections are you most excited to make at #Coverings2018?

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January 3 at #KBtribechat – Let’s Talk Backsplashes & Accent Walls


A design discussion! 

Sponsored and Hosted by Use Natural Stone

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When we consider surfaces for the kitchen and bath, we typically think first about horizontal surfaces such as countertops, vanities, islands and flooring. However, it’s important also to consider vertical elements and how the creative application of materials such as natural stone can bring these areas to life in bold and unique ways.

The interesting use of surface materials on backsplashes, walls and shower enclosures merges the best of function + form – not only helping to protect walls from moisture and splatter, but also delivering depth, dimensionality and visual interest.

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Images – clockwise from left: Artistic Tile, Marblex Design Int’l, Stone Interiors New Orleans

Available in a wide variety of materials and colors, backsplashes are a great place to play up style in the kitchen or bath. For those looking for a more dramatic look, accent walls can transform what are often viewed as utilitarian spaces into places of beauty and inspiration.

For example, distinctive slabs of natural stone can be placed behind a bathtub or sink to create a dramatic focal point or be used as a stunning backdrop for a shower enclosure. Backlit stones such as onyx are particularly striking in this type of application.

Mosaics, inlays, tiles and “book matched” materials provide another way to capture the eyes while also enabling individual expression through interesting patterns and color combinations.

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Images – clockwise from left: The Tuscany Collection, ROCKin’teriors, Decolores Mármores e Granitos

 

Whether choosing neutral hues to create a soothing, organic backdrop or opting to add a pop of color, the inspired use of vertical surfaces enables us to see kitchen and bathroom spaces in a new light.

Our KBtribechat discussion questions:

Q1)  Do you have a go-to material that you use for backsplashes? Why that material?
Q2)  Solid backsplash or tile/mosaic (patterned) backsplash – what’s your preference? Photos please.

Q3)  When it comes to backsplashes/shower surrounds for the bathroom, what are your favorite materials?

Q4)  What are some of the most interesting kitchen/bath accent walls treatments you’ve seen?

Q5)  Standard backsplashes, ceiling height backsplashes – or something in between?

Q6)  For vertical surfaces, do you opt for neutrals or color? Matte or shine? Let’s see examples.

Q7)     What exciting new trends do you see for vertical surfaces in the kitchen and bath?

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