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Apr 12 2018

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Tile Trends to Watch Out for in 2018

It’s no secret that tile makes a statement! And it can be a great conversation piece too.

We finally recently just wrapped up our very own kitchen remodel (https://bit.ly/2v9b9r7). Our own personal projects always get put on the back burner when it comes to our clients work, am I right? But we are so pumped to share what we did to the space. The number one thing my husband and I knew we wanted to do was to incorporate some cool tile design. We are a family that loves to entertain, and we wanted to have a wall of art, if you will. We’re also seeing a huge shift in tile and wanted to share with you what we’re seeing and what we did in our own home design and within our clients’ projects.

Handmade

Handcrafted, hand-painted and homemade tiles are the new rage. The quality is amazing, and in this kitchen, they turned out perfectly. Even though the tile and the cabinets are both white, the handmade look makes the tile stand out. Handmade tile looks so much richer than generic tile and brings in a character that isn’t found anywhere else.

Bold Patterns
Bold patterns are a great way to make a statement in the kitchen or bathroom and become the focal point of the space. For this bathroom, our clients were looking for a black-and-white modern look. They wanted to create a wet room space, and the black-and-white tile combined with a bolder pattern makes this bathroom feel clean, modern and chic. By choosing a bolder pattern on the floor, it draws your eye around the room and gives it a luxurious vibe.

Adding Texture
Texture adds depth and contrast. In this bathroom, our clients were looking for a modern farmhouse vibe and rather than incorporating all subway tile, we added a hexagon niche and floor. It creates a pretty focal point and brings in a beautiful texture that makes it feel like you’re showering at a spa.

Imperfection
Imperfect tiles look handmade and old world. Their character brings in the feel of a 100-year old home that was built by craftsmen. You can easily tell that the tiles are higher quality and handmade, rather than all perfectly the same and created by a machine.

Brighter Color
Bringing in color can transform your space from neutral and plain to fun and bright. The tiles in this shower are made by U.S. company Mercury Mosaics, and this fish-scale pattern is inspired by the movement of the ocean. The bright blue color reminds us of the Caribbean and adds excitement to the space.

New Shapes & Patterns
When we remodeled our kitchen, we wanted to incorporate some new patterns and shapes to create a unique wall that would become the statement piece. On this wall, we installed a custom hood and floating shelves, so the backsplash is definitely the main feature. Creating a custom backsplash allows you to choose the shapes and patterns you want and becomes like a piece of art in your kitchen. I can’t complain about cooking while looking at that!

Mar 02 2018

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The Future Kitchen

We’ve heard a lot about new appliances, tech and gadgets for the kitchen. But will the kitchen of the future really use all of these? KBB magazine tuned into the NKBA Future Kitchen webinar to find out, and we were surprised what trends we discovered.

1. Changing Demographics. The baby boom generation is getting older and making up a good portion of the population, but that doesn’t mean they are any less active. The kitchen will help them thrive in their own homes longer with smart, universal design.

2. Individualization. Innovations in manufacturing technology mean that more products can be customized on a large scale. This will continue to evolve as homeowners demand more personalization at home.

3. Connected/Disconnected Lifestyle. Homeowners want to be connected, but they don’t want to be distracted by technology, either. Manufacturers will have to hide their new connected technology well to sell.

The GroBox from Cloudponics is an automatic grow box for growing plants at home. Select what you want to grow, plant the seed and the system will nurture the plant from seed to harvest without any maintenance from you.

4. Gathering Events. Staying in is the new going out. Homeowners want more entertaining space, more ways to cook easily and access to recipes for groups.

5. Healthy Lifestyle. Awareness of nutrition and health makes the future client look for ways to preserve fresh produce longer and cook cleaner. Bringing greenery and potted herbs into the kitchen will trend as well.

The SmartSlab Table can warm plates, cool a drink and even cook a meal using discreet digital devices embedded in a razor-thin, ceramic table-top.

6. Alternative Cooking. It might sound gross to our culture, but insects are eaten in 80 percent of the world’s nations and are a healthy, sustainable source of protein. Look out for ways to incorporate cooking them in our future kitchens.

7. Zero Waste Movement. Consumers are becoming more knowledgeable about how much they throw away daily. Grocery stores (and therefore kitchens) will start helping them out with more unpackaged, bulk sources and innovative storage options.

The Ground Fridge from Weltevree is an innovative version of the traditional root cellar, making use of the insulating effect of the ground and the cooling effect of the groundwater. The temperature in the fridge remains stable throughout the year and is ideal for the storage of fruit, vegetables, wine and cheese.

8. Slowing Down. The future consumer will be moving through their day even faster than today’s society and will crave slower practices. Fermentation processes, slow cooking and preserving are expected to rise in popularity, and special storage will need to exist in the kitchen.

What do you think the future kitchen will be like? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter @kbbconnect.

Dec 28 2017

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This Year’s Interior Design Trends

2018 is finally here, so we found out what interior designers from the New York Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) see as trends in interior design for the coming year.

Sunshine Colors Our World. Karen Wolf, Associate ASID, of Karen B. Wolf Interiors in South Orange, N.J., forecasts sunshine yellow as on trend for 2018.


“Positive, confident, vibrant and enthusiastic, this color represents the future and our incoming Gen Z consumers,” said Wolf. “For a technologically savvy group, yellow is the missed sunshine they seek while plugged in and inside. We have not seen this color emerge for quite some time; it feels fresh, happy and young!”

Handcrafted Accessories. Homemade is a recurring macro trend that is rooted in celebrating home-grown artisans and artistry from all over the world. A rebuff of modern technology, this trend embraces the tactile senses and the spirit of craftsmanship based on the local source it derives from.

 “From the Aztec-themed pillow craze of last year and this year’s love for Peruvian alpaca, the trend is timeless and will continue to find new forms powered by advances in technology and the human touch,” said Wolf. “In 2018, look for Japanese/Persian folkloric themes and motifs. Also on the radar is Delftware, or Dutch pottery. First spotted in Europe, Dutch pottery is now reinterpreted as minimalist and also boasts Chinoiserie-inspired designs.”

Lighting Goes Linear. The long and lean linear chandelier has become the newest trend in lighting, according to Faith Hochman, Associate ASID, of FH Home Designs, Inc. in Mahwah, N.J.

“Its length creates a wow factor over a kitchen island or dining table,” said Hochman. “Available with shades and/or multiple lights to create bright light or ambient lighting, its sleekness will instantly change and enhance the beauty of your rooms. Manufacturers have flooded the market with a great range of styles in every budget and style.”

What’s Hot in the Kitchen & Bath. “White and gray are still maintaining their hold on color trends but are being softened with bluer hues,” said Sharon L. Sherman, ASID, of Thyme & Place Design in Wyckoff, N.J.


According to Sherman, white and navy are staples of the design world. Navy is softer than black but still provides the dramatic contrast. Gray is being softened with taupe undertones, providing warmth to the color palette. Matte black and charcoal gray are starting to make appearances in appliances; stainless is still king, but these finishes are being seen more often. Color on ranges – bright red, yellow and blue – is also creating pops in the kitchen.

Spacing It Out. Though open-plan living has its detractors of late [with some clients choosing to keep kitchens separate from the other spaces,] it is here to stay in 2018, according to Ivee Fromkin, Allied ASID, of Monmouth Beach, N.J.

“Jam-packed schedules and the prevalence of technology have made it more important than ever for today’s families to mingle and spend valuable time together,” she said.

Dec 21 2017

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Home for Christmas

Before the renovation

The day before Christmas Eve, my husband and I will be flying from the West Coast back to Atlanta – the city we both grew up in and where both of our families live. I have not been back home since last Christmas and am looking forward to seeing one important change in my childhood house: an updated kitchen.

My parents have lived in this home for more than 30 years. They have renovated their master bath, updated every room’s decor and redesigned the kitchen once before – but about 18 years ago. Like many other baby boomer clients, they are thinking of downsizing in the next few years and need the home to retain a high resale value, but until they are ready to sell they want a place to entertain friends and family.

While they could not do a full renovation of the kitchen, I helped convince them that there are several easy and affordable ways that would modernize the space. The old, traditional stainless steel sink had to go, and the worn granite countertops needed replacing. The floral backsplash, which my father had carefully installed when I was 10, really needed an update. Finally, the refrigerator, the hood and the cooktop were all aging.


It took about two months to get everything chosen and in – with a few bumps along the way (the dishwasher came in cracked, and the tile guy ran out of tile) –  but the resulting kitchen is much improved. The sink is now one of Kohler’s beautiful, white apron-front sinks paired with a stainless steel Delta faucet. The original four-burner cooktop was replaced with a KitchenAid five-burner natural gas unit with a dramatic Elica hood above it.

The kitchen gained a more modern look with white Calacatta Gold quartz countertops from Premier Surfaces; there is subtle veining around the perimeter countertops and more dramatic black-and-white veining on the island. My favorite part is the backsplash, which per my suggestion, is a simple 6-in., white subway tile installed in a herringbone pattern. A stainless steel, French-door refrigerator completes the ensemble.


It might have taken a lot of work, but my parents love their new kitchen. We are the kind of family that always hosts, and I expect we will be celebrating many holidays in this space.


So designers, be proud that the job you do truly makes a difference in others’ lives and gives people a little joy every day.

Happy holidays from Kitchen and Bath Business!