Glass Cabinetry | Open Your Kitchen Design Space

Glass Cabinetry | Open Your Kitchen Design Space

Current kitchen design focuses on clean, fresh colors, a healthy dose of light, and a sense of ‘open space’ – even in tight quarters. How do today’s best designers maximize the space available in each new kitchen, and make even small kitchens seem larger than the space they occupy?

For many, glass cabinetry is the answer. Simple glass panels on the front of kitchen cabinets allow for greater, more varied applications of light, as well as ‘open up’ the design space. Glass cabinets can feature beautiful dishware, stemware and accessories, as well as provide a needed ‘break’ for the eye in a stretch of closed-off cabinet space.

Peter Salerno Inc.'s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design, 2019.
Glass cabinetry helps your kitchen design feel fresh, open and bright.

Used in intelligent doses, glass provides wonderful reflection of ambient light sources, as well as the opportunity to add more light to your kitchen design. Glass panels open up the front of your cabinets, allowing interior and recessed lighting within the cabinets themselves to radiate out into the kitchen design space. The result is a brighter kitchen without going overboard on accent lighting and island lighting (or using an overbearing quantity of high hats).

In the white transitional kitchen pictured below, placing glass cabinets both adjacent to the large window features and the far design wall allows natural light to reflect beautifully throughout the space, allowing the large kitchen to be well-lit with a minimal amount of ceiling fixtures.

Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 new white kitchen design - stunning and trendy.
Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 new white kitchen design – stunning and trendy.

Glass cabinets can also create an elegant effect, like the ones seen below in Peter Salerno Inc.’s award-winning showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey. The glass cabinetry features gorgeous blue plates and glassware to match the La Cornue range, rotisserie and chandeliers. Recessed lighting within the cabinets adds a luxurious glow to the kitchen, and mirrors the accent lighting inside the recessed Swarovski crystal ceiling feature.

Larissa Taboryski of Purcell Murray and La Cornue hosts a cooking class at Peter Salerno Inc.'s showroom.
Glass cabinetry in the La Cornue feature of Peter Salerno Inc.’s showroom.

The addition of glass cabinet faces helps open up the walls in the transitional design below. High-hat recessed lighting is placed around the ceiling’s perimeter to utilize these glass surfaces in carrying their light around the kitchen space. These tall, vertical glass cabinets help elongate the room, and provide pleasant breaks of the flat gray wall spaces for the eye to enjoy. The transparent cabinets also play nicely against the reclaimed tin on the recessed ceiling and the twin refrigerator doors.

This Jupiter, FL kitchen utilizes glass cabinets to open the design space.
This Jupiter, FL kitchen utilizes glass cabinets to open the design space.

Glass cabinetry also helps add depth to more ornate kitchen designs (like the one seen below). The mirrored ceiling only augments the traditional curved cabinetry on either side of the range, with recessed cabinet lighting to highlight the gorgeous dishware stored inside. The additional depth created by the glass cabinetry blends seamlessly with the twin archways into the dining room and hall on either side of the kitchen, helping add perceived length to the space.

Peter Salerno Inc.'s award-winning 2015 kitchen design. Photo credit Peter Rymwid.
Peter Salerno Inc.’s award-winning kitchen design. Photo credit Peter Rymwid.

Making the simple choice to use glass on your kitchen cabinets reaps tremendous benefits. It allows the owner to display dish and stemware, while adding additional light to the design space through the use of recessed cabinet lighting. It reflects both ambient light and lighting fixtures, adding a layer of brightness to the entire kitchen. Glass cabinetry also provides a ‘break’ for the eye along a flat design wall, as well as a point of focus to break up long rows of closed-off cabinetry.

What’s your take on glass cabinetry? Do you utilize it in your designs? Is it an idea you’re playing with for your next kitchen design or renovation? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Glass cabinetry helps your kitchen design feel fresh, open and bright.
Glass cabinetry helps your kitchen design feel fresh, open and bright.

Today’s Trending Kitchen Design Features on Instagram

Today’s Trending Kitchen Design Features on Instagram

Instagram has become THE must-watch social media platform for designers and design enthusiasts. Kitchen design inspiration is everywhere on Instagram – but which posts are “on trend”, and which are simply filler content?

Here are 5 kitchen design trends we’ve identified in recent Instagram posts (courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc.’s Instagram account) that we think you NEED to watch.

1. Chevron Tile (with creative materials)

Chevron tile is starting to make a challenge to classic subway tile in today’s trending kitchen backsplash designs. If you’re going with a chevron pattern, take the extra step of using bold, eye-catching materials. The use of turquoise as a feature design material in the chevron tile pattern below turns a yawner into a real winner!

 

2. Quartz and Quartzite… as Kitchen Islands!

Yes, quartz is a true contender to the marble throne when it comes to kitchen countertops… but who knew it could be utilized as the main material for a kitchen island base? This quartz island base features cabinet cutouts and a simple white countertop, drawing attention to the island itself rather than the top. This is a bold choice that we love (and that we’re following closely)!

3. Statement Sinks and Sink Basins

This proposed sink basin (from Peter Salerno Inc.) is a jaw-dropping statement piece. Much like the quartz island base above, the real trend here is making statements with the often ‘forgotten’ elements in your kitchen or bath design. Instead of focusing all your effort on the counter, the backsplash, or other ‘expected’ design areas, why not stand apart from the crowd by featuring a unique design piece like this sink?

4. 3-D Renderings: A MUST from Design Consultants and Firms

If your design consultant or design team aren’t offering high-quality 3-D renderings of their design proposals, you simply aren’t getting the experience you deserve from today’s design industry. Custom 3-D renderings of your future kitchen design have gone from ‘luxury’ to ‘necessity’, and you owe it to yourself to see your design space as a finished product before work in your home even begins.

5. Using Kitchen Seating to Continue Design Patterns

The geometric square pattern on the back of these chairs allow the designer to weave the kitchen’s overall theme through its island counter seating. The ability to continue patterns and themes through kitchen seating helps tie in the overall design aesthetic and keep your kitchen cohesive.

Is Blue the Breakout Kitchen Design Color of 2019?

Is Blue the Breakout Kitchen Design Color of 2019?

Getting the blues might be exactly what your kitchen needs in 2019. Pantone’s Spring 2019 color palette featured bold tones like Living Coral (the 2019 Color of the Year) and Mango Madness, coupled with trendy neutrals like Sweet Corn and Toffee.

But Princess Blue seems primed to emerge from the pack as a go-to kitchen design color in 2019, thanks to its versatility, rich ‘pop’ of oceanic blue, and the luxurious nature of its sapphire jewel tone.

When award-winning design firms like Peter Salerno Inc. proclaim, “Blue is becoming our dominant color this Spring with our current design jobs” (via Instagram), it’s hard not to take notice. Navy blues have taken the lead in past design seasons, but a rich royal like Princess Blue brings a different vibe to the (kitchen) table altogether.

Will Princess Blue become the breakout Pantone color of 2019? Princess Blue, Pantone 19-4150
Will Princess Blue become the breakout Pantone color of 2019?

As 2019 kitchen design photography emerges, it’s evident royal blue tones are beginning to weave a thread through much of this year’s great design. Blue is a savvy, sophisticated choice for a rich color that blends well with virtually any neutral.

The 2019 Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design featured in the photo below (and in this article) uses Princess Blue in its stemware, dishware and other accessories. This splash of color balances four different neutral tones in the design scheme – white, flat gray, brushed silver (on the appliances), and the light brown of the reclaimed vintage ceiling beams.

Peter Salerno Inc.'s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design with pops of rich Princess Blue, 2019.
Peter Salerno Inc.’s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design with pops of rich Princess Blue, 2019.

Blue isn’t just making a statement in ‘royal’ varieties in 2019. The brilliant kitchen island featured below exhibits a lighter blue reminiscent of Little Boy Blue from the Pantone Spring 2018 collection. As in the kitchen design above, this eye-catching blue tone pulls together a transitional kitchen full of white and gray grained surfaces – both the faux wood grain flooring and the beautiful island countertop.

This blue kitchen island pops in a neutral color kitchen design. (Peter Salerno Inc.)
This blue kitchen island pops in a neutral color kitchen design. (Peter Salerno Inc.)

Even world-class appliance craftsmen like La Cornue are featuring shades of blue in their designs. The stunning Grand Palais La Cornue piece featured below dazzled attendees at a recent KBIS conference. A more royal shade of blue applies to the La Cornue range at the very bottom of this piece; the French Blue La Cornue range in that Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design pulls central focus in an ornate kitchen, sitting neatly below a unique reclaimed tin custom range hood.

The stunning blue La Cornue display range at the KBIS 2017 Conference.
The stunning blue La Cornue display range at the KBIS 2017 Conference.

Magazine spreads are featuring more and more blue kitchen designs as well. Bergen Magazine’s recent feature of this blue-based transitional kitchen design turned heads with its variety of blue shades tying together a neutral kitchen. From a light blue feature wall to classic Dutch blue-and-white ceramics, dark blue-and-white kitchen chairs to an undertone of blue in the smoked glass on the refrigerator, this kitchen design proves that blue can dominate the conversation without overwhelming the senses.

Bergen Magazine Fall 2016 edition, featuring Peter Salerno Inc. transitional kitchen design photos.
Bergen Magazine, featuring Peter Salerno Inc. blue transitional kitchen design photos.

But what’s YOUR take on kitchen design colors in 2019? Is blue the breakout star of the year, or is another color poised to dominate the kitchen design landscape? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!

A stunning French blue La Cornue range in a Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design. (Photo: Peter Rymwid, Peter Salerno Inc.)
A stunning French blue La Cornue range in a Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design. (Photo: Peter Rymwid, Peter Salerno Inc.)

Define Your Kitchen Design With Statement Lighting

Define Your Kitchen Design With Statement Lighting

Light is everywhere. How we use it defines our space, our perception and our outlook.

In today’s finest kitchen designs, light is more than a tool to illuminate beautiful decor. It’s part of the design itself. Smart kitchen design experts understand that properly using light – both ambient and fixed – is a key to providing a truly luxurious kitchen space.

Smart kitchen lighting design can accent desired features of the space, draw focus to seating, highlight cabinetry and reflect beautifully off brushed metallic and glass surfaces.

In the following photos, we’ve highlighted how Peter Salerno Inc. has used statement lighting in recent kitchen designs to create dramatic, highly desirable results. Which do you like best, and why?

Statement Lighting in Kitchen Design Photos

1. Bold, rectangular statement lighting accents a clean, transitional kitchen island as well as the vintage wood beams in the ceiling design.

Peter Salerno Inc.'s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design, 2019.
Peter Salerno Inc.’s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design, 2019.

2. Utilize the same material (and finishes) in your statement lighting to match other kitchen design pieces, like your custom range hood.

Stunning new kitchen design photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
Stunning new kitchen design photos from Peter Salerno Inc.

3. Opulent lighting fixtures pair with recessed ceiling and counter light to create a luxurious glow.

New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.

4. A series of small, glass-covered island lights spread light throughout this Moscow kitchen design.

A custom RangeCraft range hood dazzles in this Moscow kitchen design by Peter Salerno Inc.
A custom RangeCraft range hood dazzles in this Moscow kitchen design by Peter Salerno Inc.

5. These incredible pendant island lights evoke the imagery of mason jars, and create a warm, comfortable glow in this transitional kitchen.

Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)6. Two large, brushed statement pieces with opaque filters help diffuse electric light, allowing the copious ambient light from outdoors to flow freely in this design. 


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

7. This kitchen design opts for long, thin island lights to create a more ‘vertical’ design feel.

8. A classic chandelier piece is a central focus of a glamorous ceiling fixture that features a series of hi-hats; opulent sconces are added to match the chandelier.

More beautiful design photography from Peter Salerno Inc. and Peter Rymwid.
More beautiful design photography from Peter Salerno Inc. and Peter Rymwid.

How do YOU use statement lighting pieces in your kitchen design to heighten its effect, its charm and its brilliance? Let us know in the comments!

Luxury Kitchen Design Lovers MUST Watch This Video!

Peter Salerno Inc. Featured In Spectacular NJ Kitchens Video

Watch Video of Peter Salerno Inc. Kitchen With Hardware Designs

The fine people at Hardware Designs are regarded as New Jersey’s premier destination for luxury kitchen, bath and architectural hardware. They have also created a series of must-watch videos entitled Spectacular NJ Kitchens & Baths, which recently featured a custom Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design.

Spectacular New Jersey Kitchens & Baths is a special Hardware Designs online video series hosted by Larry Goren, the company’s owner. In each episode, Larry Goren features a stunning custom kitchen and/or bath design created by a leading area designer.

In this can’t miss episode, Larry Goren covers the Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen that was given the 2010 NKBA Best Kitchen Award. The kitchen, which belongs to Peter Salerno’s client Chris Sompolski, is a striking example of Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen artistry.

Watch Peter Salerno Inc. custom kitchen design interview video here:

In his interview, Peter Salerno Inc. discusses the specific details that went into making the 2010 NKBA Best Kitchen the work of art it became. Working closely with client Chris Sompolski made it possible for Peter to fulfill all of the personal wishes that made this kitchen design special.

A luxury kitchen design is more than the facets, materials and design elements that make up its physical components. True luxury comes in the personalization of your kitchen design, which begins with a master designer taking the time to learn about you and the people who will enjoy your new kitchen space.

Personalized luxury can be as simple as learning how you will interact with your kitchen, or as detailed as incorporating personal, unique touches to your kitchen design.

How would you wish to make your kitchen design personal? What elements could a designer like Peter Salerno bring to your kitchen to make it significant and special to your life?

A special thank you to Larry Gerin and the team at Hardware Designs for choosing to feature Peter Salerno in this episode of Spectacular NJ Kitchens and Baths. Enjoy the video, and leave a comment below!

Reclaimed Vintage Wood Beams In Gorgeous Transitional Kitchen Design

Reclaimed Vintage Wood Beams In Gorgeous Transitional Kitchen Design

Beauty is everywhere. It’s not always obvious; sometimes, beauty is simply looking at things in a new way.

A quick glance at the vintage wooden ceiling beams in New York City’s St. Patrick’s Orphanage wouldn’t impress many. In fact, these beams were all but destined for the scrap heap until a world-class designer saw them through his unique set of eyes.

Peter Salerno and reclaimed wood beams from St. Patrick's Orphanage, NYC.
Peter Salerno and reclaimed wood beams from St. Patrick’s Orphanage, NYC.

Peter Salerno didn’t just see a set of old beams. He saw an opportunity to reclaim a piece of history and incorporate it into a world-class transitional kitchen design.

The result? In a word: WOW.

Peter Salerno Inc.'s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design, 2019.
Peter Salerno Inc.’s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design, 2019.

This transitional kitchen design (from a home in Pearl River) blends today’s most sought-after design elements with a sense of old-world charm. This luxurious contrast is thanks, in large part, to the very same reclaimed vintage wood beams set for disposal just a few months earlier.

People often tell you to “look up” for inspiration. While the phrase is metaphorical for most, it’s to be taken quite literally in this kitchen design. The vintage wood beams dare to be noticed, sitting boldly bare above a white and gray kitchen space. Two large statement lighting fixtures invite the eye upward from the custom transitional kitchen island to the intersecting beam structure, adding a touch of rustic charm to the elegance of the kitchen below.

Peter Salerno Inc.'s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design, 2019.
Peter Salerno Inc.’s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design, 2019.

The beams sit in contrast with the finished wood floor below, and the overall kitchen design invites the eye to notice and appreciate that contrast. The white island countertop and backsplash are set against gorgeous hand-crafted, hand-painted white and gray cabinets. The massive twin refrigerator and glass-enclosed wine rack take up a full feature wall, while the opposite end of the kitchen features large windows and a dining nook to allow in plenty of warm, ambient light.

The range hood enclosure demands attention as a centerpiece of the transitional design, evoking imagery of a grand piano painted gray to match the kitchen.

Peter Salerno Inc.'s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design, 2019.
Peter Salerno Inc.’s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design, 2019.

The transitional kitchen design, construction and installation was handled by Peter Salerno Inc., the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century. Winners of national awards from the NKBA, KBIS, HGTV, HGTV People’s Choice and Signature Kitchens & Baths (among others), Peter Salerno Inc. prides itself on extraordinary design based on personal knowledge of individual clients, their lives and backgrounds.

For more information regarding this and other world-class transitional kitchen designs, please visit the official Peter Salerno Inc. website.

Why the BEST Kitchen Designs Feature Custom Range Hoods

Custom Range Hoods: A Must-Have In Beautiful Kitchen Designs

If you’re re-designing your kitchen or updating your kitchen design, a custom range hood is something you must consider.

With custom kitchen design taking center stage in home design, a statement piece is vital to creating the “wow factor” that sets your kitchen apart. So why do we believe a custom range hood is THAT statement piece? Let’s look at the trends in kitchen design to find out.

You’re probably not making a massive statement in kitchen design with color. Neutral tones, whites and grays are dominating the transitional kitchen color palette. The same goes for backsplash and wall tile, which are trending heavily towards popular, neutrally-based tones of subway tile. But it’s still possible to stand out in a chic, sleek transitional kitchen without using an outlandish color scheme…

A custom RangeCraft range hood dazzles in this Moscow kitchen design by Peter Salerno Inc.
A custom RangeCraft range hood dazzles in this Moscow kitchen design by Peter Salerno Inc.

Would you just look at that stunning custom range hood? The range hood was designed by RangeCraft USA, and utilized in a transitional kitchen design by Peter Salerno Inc. (RangeCraft’s design was requested halfway around the world, by kitchen design clients in Moscow!)

Custom range hoods are often considered “too DIY” or “too opulent” to be utilized in transitional kitchen design. That’s simply not true. Master craftsmen like those at RangeCraft consistently produce beautiful, unique, to-order custom range hoods for transitional kitchens that are as sleek as they are efficient and useful. (Check out the one below!)

Custom range hoods can feature well in beautiful transitional kitchen designs, like this one from Peter Salerno Inc.
Custom range hoods can feature well in beautiful transitional kitchen designs, like this one from Peter Salerno Inc.

That’s not to say that custom range hoods in today’s best kitchen designs can’t fit into opulent, luxury traditional kitchen designs. The example below (in an award-winning Peter Salerno Inc. traditional kitchen) uses reclaimed tin to dramatic effect. After all, it takes a lot to be a focal point in a kitchen that features a hand-carved mirrored ceiling, massive twin kitchen islands, crystal chandelier and custom handcrafted “Maestro Rosolino” cabinetry. And yet, the reclaimed tin (which is duplicated on the front of the kitchen’s refrigerator) does just that.

An ornate RangeCraft reclaimed tin range hood is the centerpiece of this award-winning kitchen design.
An ornate RangeCraft reclaimed tin range hood is the centerpiece of this award-winning kitchen design.

Of course, a quality custom range hood is about function as much as form. If your range hood isn’t performing at an exceptional level, then it doesn’t matter how beautiful yours is – you risk exposure to harmful smoke and vapors. As the official RangeCraft website explains, the marriage of form and function is the trademark of the world’s best range hoods:

A top quality range hood is an essential part of a well-designed high-end kitchen because it will help to protect your cabinetry, flooring, countertops and appliances. RangeCraft Range Hoods are truly a functional work of design art. The Jewel of the Kitchen, it also removes unwanted cooking smoke and vapors quickly and quietly. (RangeCraft offers super quiet internal fans that are less noisy than a quiet refrigerator.) Many customers choose a RangeCraft Hood first and then design their cabinetry and accessories around the hood as the focal point.

The 2017 Designer ShowHouse of NJ team, in front of a gorgeous reclaimed tin custom range hood.
The 2017 Designer ShowHouse of NJ team, in front of a gorgeous reclaimed tin custom range hood.

What do you look for in a custom kitchen design? Is a custom range hood on your “wish list”? Why or why not?We’d love to hear from you with a comment or your insight – leave some feedback below and we’ll be thrilled to interact with you!

A masterfully crafted RangeCraft custom range hood, featured in Peter Salerno Inc.'s Miele showroom vignette.
A masterfully crafted RangeCraft custom range hood, featured in Peter Salerno Inc.’s Miele showroom vignette.