Connect With Award-Winning Kitchen + Bath Design on Instagram

Get Stylish With Award-Winning Kitchen + Bath Design on Instagram

Are you following the award-winning Peter Salerno Inc. on Instagram? If not, you’re missing out on the most award-winning kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century!

Follow Peter Salerno Inc. designs on Instagram.
Follow Peter Salerno Inc. designs on Instagram.

Under the care and guidance of Peter Salerno, CMKBD (Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Design, NKBA), Peter Salerno Inc. has blossomed from a small design firm with audacious goals into one of the most notable firms in the kitchen and bath design industry. Since 2002, Peter Salerno Inc. has won more national design awards than any firm in North America, from such reputable sources as the NKBA, KBIS, Signature Kitchens & Baths, HGTV and more.

The kitchen designs, bathroom designs, wine cellars, man caves and bars that have won these prestigious awards are all located in one place – the Peter Salerno Inc. Instagram.

The 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show - see more on Peter Salerno's Instagram!
The 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show – see more on Peter Salerno’s Instagram!

The thing we love most about following Peter Salerno Inc. on Instagram is the company’s willingness to provide an ‘inside look’ at day-to-day operations, family gatherings, momentous occasions, and VIP design industry events that most of us never get to see. Where else can you find photos from inside a world-class design showroom, exclusive snapshots from conferences like KBIS 2018 and the Architectural Digest Design Show, and around a world-class designer’s Thanksgiving dinner table?

Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

From the incredible (kitchen designs that have won national awards) to the innovative (forward-thinking transitional designs), the highbrow (black tie design conference events) to the humorous (Peter Salerno building snowmen outside the showroom on wintry days), the broad spectrum of eye-catching photography on Peter Salerno Inc.’s Instagram account makes it a must-follow for design lovers everywhere.

So what are you waiting for? Join the tastemakers, innovators, industry leaders and social influencers that already follow Peter Salerno Inc.’s Instagram account – and get inspired to Design Your Lifestyle!

2019 Kitchen Design Trend: Statement Lights For Your Kitchen Island

2019 Kitchen Design Trend: Statement Lights For Your Kitchen Island

Accent Your Kitchen Island With Statement Lights

While it’s important for your kitchen design to be timeless, capitalizing on current kitchen design trends is a great way to incorporate fresh ideas into your kitchen – be it traditional or transitional, classic or contemporary.

Express your personality with statement lights for your kitchen island, one of 2015's hot design trends. (Courtesy Peter Salerno, Peter Rymwid)
Express your personality with statement lights for your kitchen island, one of 2019’s hot design trends. (Courtesy Peter Salerno, Peter Rymwid)

Peter Salerno Inc. is the most award-winning custom kitchen design company in North America over the last 20 years. Peter Salerno and his team have maintained this level of excellence by joining master craftsmanship and timeless design elements with the hottest kitchen design trends.

As Peter Salerno Inc.’s motto says, “It’s all about the extraordinary”.

2019 Kitchen Design Trend: Kitchen Island Statement Lighting

So what’s extraordinary in 2019 kitchen design trends? One of the hottest trends is statement lights over your kitchen island. If you have a flair for bold, stylish design that makes an instant impact, statement lights are a great way to be eye-popping without going overboard.

Express your personality with statement lights for your kitchen island, one of 2015's hot design trends. (Courtesy Peter Salerno, Peter Rymwid)
Express your personality with statement lights for your kitchen island, one of 2019’s hot design trends. (Courtesy Peter Salerno, Peter Rymwid)

Peter Salerno’s favorite aspect of this trend is that statement lights can reflect your personality so easily. Unlike design elements that are “too trendy” (that come and go with the times too easily), statement lighting in your kitchen is a direct reflection of who you are and your personal sense of style.

Do you like your statements sleek and understated? Pendant lighting over a kitchen island exudes class, brightness and sophistication. Urban dwellers may choose an industrial chandelier, while wine lovers may opt for glass bottles or re-purpose decanters or demijohns as lighting fixtures.

Try new things, like these cool demijohn lights for wine lovers (Courtesy Eclectically Vintage)
Try new things, like these cool demijohn lights for wine lovers (Courtesy Eclectically Vintage)

Whatever your choice, be true to your personal sense of style! If you need assistance, you can always rely on the expertise of an award-winning, NKBA-certified master kitchen designer like Peter Salerno to add the perfect statement lighting elements to your kitchen island.

Want more information about how to incorporate the perfect lighting and design elements into your new or existing kitchen design? Contact Peter Salerno Inc. by calling (201) 251-6608, or fill out the contact form below!

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Design Trends: Modern Takes on Timeless Black + White Tile

Design Trends: Modern Takes on Timeless Black + White Tile

‘Timeless’ doesn’t have to mean ‘vintage’. A truly timeless design motif can be updated consistently and with dramatic effect. Like the “little black dress”, a truly iconic look can always be reinterpreted for modern times.

Recently, the official Peter Salerno Inc. Instagram account took a look at modern takes on another timeless design theme – black and white tile. We’d say black & white tile design is making a comeback in 2019, but it never really went anywhere.

Still, with every new design season comes a plethora of updated takes on one of the most classic motifs in custom kitchen and bath design. From trusted advisors like Houzz and House Beautiful to HGTV and Elle Decor, black and white tile ideas are everywhere. But as always, the first place we turn is the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century.

Why does black and white tile design work? As Jessica Gordon Ryan, founder of Gimlet Marketing, wrote quite eloquently:

For those who struggle with color, this takes the guesswork out of the equation, without being colorless. For those who embrace color, it can always be added in with accessories. With black and white anything goes – it’s like the little black dress for the home!

The color pairing of black & white in home design is timeless, so what are today’s designers doing to make a classic idea become contemporary?

Like a science experiment, every classic design motif needs a “control” element. Here, the control is two-fold: the color (black and white) and the medium (tile).

From there, everything else is in play. Construction, shape, material, and artistic interpretation are what makes this season’s black and white tile options particularly memorable. 

Mixed media appears to be popular in this season’s black and white tile designs; we’re seeing stone and glass elements make their way into tile construction and overall design concepts. Geometric and mosaic patterns in tile design are very popular and provide a “retro” element to the design space. And single-color metallic additions (like bronze, silver and gold) add an element of heightened class and ‘dazzle’.

How do you feel about black and white tile in contemporary design? Let’s have a conversation; leave a comment below!

PANTONE Home + Interiors Presents Modern Wanderlust for Polyester

PANTONE Home + Interiors Presents Modern Wanderlust for Polyester

“Be On Color,” PANTONE urges us. “Feel a New Color Movement.”

Our answer to PANTONE is simple. “Yes, please.”

PANTONE has released a new Polyester Swatch Book, debuting 203 PANTONE colors cultivated specifically to be used on polyester and other synthetic materials.

PANTONE Polyester Modern Wanderlust
The PANTONE Polyester Standards Modern Wanderlust Collection

From the official PANTONE website:

As new markets highlighting engineered materials continue to emerge, and new inorganic materials enter the market, there is an increasing desire for more saturated colors; colors beyond those formulated for natural fibers; colors whose appearance displays greater hue intensity. Our new Pantone Polyester Standards address this need and demand for a deeper level of coloration.

Creating a special collection of colors using dyes specifically for polyester removes the guesswork, allowing you to reproduce these colors quickly and effortlessly in polyester, as well as other synthetic fibers.

We’re excited about the 203 PANTONE colors curated specifically for the Polyester collection. These tones were developed to be highly saturated, bold and clear. In the past, those who designed and decorated used synthetic and inorganic materials couldn’t be certain the seasonal colors presented would present themselves properly on their desired “canvas”; now, the guesswork has been eliminated.

PANTONE Polyester Standards

The first color palette compiled from the PANTONE Polyester Swatch Book is Modern Wanderlust, a fun series of hot bright tones balanced by a cool (but still fun) neutral. Even the customary cool tones pack a punch – specifically the fashionable green “pop” of Irish Jig and the beachy blue of Spring Break.

PANTONE Polyester Standards

Berry Pinwheel (PANTONE 18-1855) is the rare hot pink that encourages the user to lead with it in a color design scheme. The bold tone borders on red and is highly reminiscent of one of PANTONE’s fieriest Spring 2019 selections, Pink Peacock.

PANTONE Polyester Standards

Straddling the space between Spring 2019’s Turmeric and Mango Mojito is the eye-pleasing Exuberant Orange, which leans ever-so-slightly into the yellowish off-white of Pancake Batter, the anchor neutral of the Modern Wanderlust collection.

PANTONE Polyester Standards

Pancake Batter (PANTONE 12-0830) may be our favorite tone from this entire PANTONE Polyester color palette. Equal parts steady and amusing, Pancake Batter can lead the charge in a neutrally-based color design or provide balance to the heat of this collection.

PANTONE Polyester Standards

Jaded (PANTONE 16-5128) is the rare PANTONE color whose label is a bit of a misnomer. There’s nothing dull about this refreshing teal tone; while not as bold and primary as Spring Break or Irish Jig, Jaded may be the most versatile ‘cool tone’ to play with in this palette.

PANTONE Polyester Standards

What’s your overall take on the PANTONE Polyester Modern Wanderlust collection? Which color is your favorite? Leave a comment!

Watch Custom Luxury Cabinets Be Made | The Creative Process on Video

Watch Custom Luxury Cabinets Be Made | The Creative Process on Video

Do you have 90 seconds? Then you have the time to watch a master craftsman and his team create luxury custom cabinetry!

In this exclusive video from Peter Salerno Inc. (the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century), you’re taken from inception to creation of world-class custom cabinetry by Peter Salerno, CMKBD. A lifelong lover of design, Peter blends old-world craftsmanship and attention to detail with modern technology, design approach and materials.

“I started in the cabinet business when I was 9 years old,” Peter states at the start of this video. While the claim seems audacious, it’s true – Peter grew up in the workshop of his father, Rosolino Salerno. Rosolino spent his career between Sicily and the United States as an expert cabinet-maker, and the love of cabinetry and design was fused to Peter’s being at an early age. To this day, Peter Salerno’s custom line of cabinetry is called Maestro Rosolino, or “Master Rosolino”, in loving tribute to his father.

“Craftsmanship is really the key,” Peter explains as you’re guided through a visual tour of his workshop in Wyckoff, New Jersey. “But you also have to make sure you have the technology. You want to make sure you have equipment that is precise.”

The delicate balance between craftsmanship and technology is on full display in this video. While 3-D modeling and modern rendering of the initial designs are carefully constructed on computers and sculpted by precision machinery, each piece of cabinetry is molded and finished by hand.

This level of personal and technological balance is necessary in today’s highly-demanding custom cabinetry market, where expectations are high for unique, artisanal work from reputable design firms. The home kitchen has become a place to showcase personalized luxury, the ability to showcase one’s personal life through the presentation of his or her kitchen design.

“These cabinets, these pieces of furniture… are now becoming art forms,” Peter continues. “And these kitchens are becoming art forms.”

We certainly hope you enjoy this short-yet-insightful look into the work space of one of North America’s premier kitchen and bath designers. What is your takeaway from this custom cabinetry design video from Peter Salerno Inc.? We’d love to hear it in the comments below!

Must-See New Kitchen Design Photos + Custom Wood Range Hood

Must-See New Kitchen Design Photos + Custom Wood Range Hood

Wood textures are back in play in kitchen design, and we’re here for all of it.

This exquisite kitchen design installation comes courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc., the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century. Headlined by a textured walnut custom range hood, this understated kitchen blends transitional design with vintage wood features to wonderful effect.

Feature wood elements in kitchen design is nothing new to Peter Salerno Inc. in 2019; the firm left us in awe earlier this year with a kitchen that showcased reclaimed exposed wooden beams from a New York City orphanage. This time, a finely honed walnut range hood is the centerpiece of a quaint, luxurious kitchen.

The kitchen design revolves around three wood tones: the light walnut of the range hood, the dark wood base of the kitchen island, and the rich golden-brown of the flooring. These natural hues provide a foundation for the rest of the kitchen design, particularly the custom Maestro Rosolino cabinetry, hand-crafted in painted white wood.

Maestro Rosolino cabinetry is utilized in several ways. The drawers and kitchen facing are solid white wood. The cabinetry itself is also painted white, with beautiful glass featurettes atop each cabinet to offer a peek inside (as well as reflection for the ambient light from the two large picture windows on each side of the range hood).

The kitchen island countertop is a lighter shade than the counter space on either side of the range, providing a balance between the light and dark shades of wood (light counter with dark wood on the island, dark counter to complement the custom walnut range hood).

As evidenced by these photos (courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc.’s official Instagram account), the installation isn’t quite complete (notice the packing boxes in the last post). We’re so excited to see what Peter Salerno and his team have in store for the finishing touches of this beautiful kitchen. What backsplash will be installed? What furniture will adorn the dining area, underneath the beautiful rectangular statement lighting fixture? And what (if any) window treatments will grace the large picture windows in this design space?

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What do YOU think about this kitchen design from Peter Salerno Inc.? Are you a fan of the custom walnut range hood? Let us know in the comments section below!

Unique Stone Kitchen Design Photography on Instagram

Unique Stone Kitchen Design Photography on Instagram

Let it be known: neutral and natural kitchen design does not mean ‘boring’.

Peter Salerno Inc.‘s recent Instagram posts prove that point to dramatic effect. These kitchen design photos feature what can be done with a home’s second kitchen to make a neutrally-based design pop with dramatic design elements and intriguing materials.

The defining feature of this kitchen design is the arched ceiling, with intricate exposed brick blending beautifully into the large stone backsplash on the kitchen’s feature wall. The simple neutral color of the brick and stone surfaces allow other areas of the kitchen to stand out; the gorgeous arc of the ceiling is dramatic enough by itself. The exposed brick extends down the side wall of the kitchen down to the countertops.

The simple, transitional angles on the custom range hood complement the ceiling’s arc nicely. The accompanying stainless steel kitchen appliances echo the finish of the custom range hood and add a touch of modernity to the brick and stone around them.

The countertops seem simple at first; upon closer inspection, they are finely crafted concrete wood form tops. The finished countertops provide both the rustic feel of weathered wood and the durability of concrete.

The neutral grays and whites of the brick, stone and concrete surfaces allow the simplicity of beautiful butternut cabinetry to shine in this kitchen design. The glass fronts of the warm cabinetry provide a look inside for easy access, as well as copious reflective surfaces for the ambient light coming from the large picture window on the refrigerator wall.

Peter Salerno mentions in the above post that a second kitchen should provide “only the necessities you need”. There are no opulent features, no exorbitant appliances, and generally no frills in this kitchen design. As stated above, this kitchen design is proof that luxury is not always defined by “bells and whistles”. A straightforward approach with an eye on form, function and intriguing design materials can create an understated, beautiful result.

Do you like this kitchen design from Peter Salerno Inc.? We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback in the comments below!