Expert Tips on Finishing Hardware | Making Handles, Pulls + Knobs Shine

Expert Tips on Finishing Hardware | Making Handles, Pulls + Knobs Shine

Finishing hardware on your cabinets, drawers and vanities. No, don’t yawn. These features can be fabulous when done creatively!

Peter Salerno Inc. (our parent company) recently released a set of videos on their official Instagram account which highlight the unique new ways you can feature knobs, pulls and handles to dramatic effect in your kitchen design. From metallic colors to over-sized hardware, glittering crystal to intriguing textures, these features are an exciting option to add elegance to your design in unexpected ways.

Let’s take a look at these videos, which outline 3 expert design tips to make your kitchen design’s finishing hardware truly shine.

3 Expert Design Tips To Make Finishing Hardware Shine

1. Don’t be afraid to turn your hardware into jewelry.

“Hardware is the jewelry of [your] cabinetry,” Peter Salerno says on his official Instagram account. “Add something to make yourself feel like that Hollywood movie star each day!” From glass to Swarovski crystal, add a little ‘bling’ to your cabinet or vanity’s finishing hardware to add a sense of luxury to your everyday life.

One of Peter Salerno’s go-to suppliers for a dash of glitz is Richelieu Hardware.

2. Color + texture = results.

“Adding color into your kitchen makes it go from a standard space to an extraordinary space,” Peter Salerno advises. “Play with textures and finishes on small details.”

If you’re opting for white, gray or natural wood tones for your cabinets, drawers or vanity, then bold color and texture choices on their pulls, knobs and knobs can heighten their drama and “curb appeal”.

3. Play with oversized pulls, knobs, and handles.

“We have been over-sizing pulls on pot drawers and knobs on cabinets,” Peter Salerno remarks about a hot luxury trend in current kitchen design. Over-sizing handles, pulls and knobs adds a bold, eye-catching bit of flair to an accessory that can often be mundane.

The combination of oversized metallic textures on the pulls and knobs in the Instagram video above can’t help but draw your focus. Why not experiment with an over-sized representation of the metallic color (gold, silver, bronze, copper, etc.) that best complements your kitchen design?

Cooling Off | The Cool Tones of PANTONE Autumn 2019

Cooling Off | The Cool Tones of PANTONE Autumn 2019

With all the Autumn Heat dominating this fall’s color design landscape, PANTONE had to do something to cool it down a bit.

The 5 cool tones chosen by PANTONE to balance the overall heat of the Autumn 2019 Color Trend Report are thoughtful and understated. (Even the relative vibrance of a tone called Guacamole is muted when surrounded by Orange Tiger and Chili Pepper.)

Pantone Autumn 2019 Cool Color Tones

Guacamole, Eden, Evening Blue, Galaxy Blue and Bluestone offer a bridge between the core Autumn 2019 PANTONE collection and its accompanying “Classics”. Guacamole stands a bit on its own, as Eden’s lush forest green stands a bit closer to the night sky of Evening Blue. Bluestone is a versatile and ‘quiet’ blue-gray that works beautifully in traditional and transitional kitchen and bath design. Galaxy Blue is “that” mainstay blue tone – royal, elegant and alluring.

The overall steadiness of PANTONE’s Autumn 2019 cool colors is a departure from the rest of the Autumn 2019 collection, and certainly from the Bold Optimism of the Spring 2019 Color Trend Report. Spring’s ‘cool colors’ were vibrant and commanded attention; tones like Pepper Stem and Princess Blue were less ‘shrinking violet’s and more center stage.

By contrast, Fall 2019’s cool tones are more sedate, more content to provide stability in the background. While the lush elegance of Eden and Evening Blue is evident, they’re not going to dazzle you from across the room.

And that sedate beauty is precisely what this season’s Color Trend Report needed. With firecrackers like Dark Cheddar and Fruit Dove going off all over this PANTONE collection, high-visibility cream tones like CrĂšme de PĂȘche and Vanilla Custard demanding their own turn in the spotlight, and the sweet tones of Sugar Almond and Peach Pink pulling some focus, the cool colors in the PANTONE Autumn 2019 collection had to provide a quiet, complementary backbone.

Let’s take a look at the 5 cool colors selected for the PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019-2020 Color Trend Report.

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Trend Report: The Cool Color Tones

Guacamole (PANTONE 17-0530)

Guacamole (PANTONE 17-0530)

Eden (PANTONE 19-6050)

Eden (PANTONE 19-6050)

Evening Blue (PANTONE 19-3815)

Evening Blue (PANTONE 19-3815)

Galaxy Blue (PANTONE 19-4055)

Galaxy Blue (PANTONE 19-4055)

Bluestone (PANTONE 19-4055)

Bluestone (PANTONE 19-4055)

Which of these 5 colors (Guacamole, Eden, Evening Blue, Galaxy Blue or Bluestone) do you think is the most versatile and useful? Which would you like to use in your dream kitchen or bath design? Leave us a comment!

Autumn Heat | Warm Tones Dominate PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019

Autumn Heat | Warm Tones Dominate PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019

It’s going to be a hot fall, if PANTONE has anything to say about it. The PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 collection is dominated by warm tones, with more red and orange colors present in one autumn collection than we can remember.

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Warm Colors
Autumn Heat: PANTONE Autumn 2019 colors are dominated by warm tones.

The names say it all. Orange Tiger. Chili Pepper. There’s a sultry heat to this Autumn PANTONE collection, exuding power and self-assurance.

“Colors for autumn/winter 2019/20 reflect an emergence of confidence; bold and strong, a visceral palette of colors,” Laurie Pressman says in the PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 Color Trend Report. Following the lead of PANTONE 2019 Color of the Year Living Coral, the entire design year in color has been bold, hot, and unafraid to be unique.

Check out how deep the red colors in this collection are – Chili Pepper and Biking Red are smoldering, and much closer to brown than pink. The orange spectrum is well represented once again this season, with the orangey-brown Dark Cheddar and bright hot Orange Tiger.

What do you think about the trend towards warm tones into Autumn 2019? Were you looking forward to cooler blues and greens, or are you happy to see these bold, outgoing reds and oranges staying out front?

Follow Design Your Lifestyle and be sure to look out for our FULL coverage of the PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 color trend report!

Chili Pepper

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Chili Pepper

Biking Red

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Biking Red

Peach Pink

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Peach Pink

Fruit Dove

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Fruit Dove

Dark Cheddar

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Dark Cheddar

Orange Tiger

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Orange Tiger

PANTONE Home + Interiors 2020 Color Forecast | A First Look

PANTONE Home + Interiors 2020 Color Forecast | A First Look

In the latest edition of what has become a must own series for home and interior design enthusiasts, PANTONE explores “Color for a New Era: Trends, Twists and Tweaks.”

PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2020 is an essential style guidebook to color trends for the upcoming year in home design. From the official PANTONE release:

PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2020 guides us into this new era reinforcing the notion that muted and vibrant tones can co-exist, and that a traditional style, especially when tweaked with futuristic touches, offers an unusual and original approach to a product or an interior.

PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2020

PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2020 is more than the ‘book’ itself; it comes with an enclosed USB drive featuring forecast imagery separated by color family and projected color palettes. In addition, each book comes with a complimentary PANTONE Color Software Manager download which allows you integrate PANTONE colors into digital designs. It’s the perfect way to ensure that your digital design presents the exact color palette you will see in your finished home design space.

What can we learn from the colors presented in this PANTONE forecast? Primarily, that we can throw some staid, traditional color design “rules” out the window. Of particular note to our team at ‘Design Your Lifestyle’ was the re-imagining of traditional neutral tones – taking their place as ‘anchor’ tones in color palettes are more diverse shades like Infinity (a gorgeous dusky blue), Plum Kitten (a gray with very faint reddish-purple undertones), and the classic Maroon.

While ‘neutral’ takes on a different role in this collection, green and floral tones are dominant. We are enamored with the two green colors in the set (Smoke Green and Watercress), which open up a myriad of pairing options. We love the green tones with the light mustard-yellow Acacia, the peachy Dusty Pink, and the punchy Super Pink.

In all, there are 72 forecasted colors in the PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2020 guide; we’ve narrowed our preview of this collection to 8 of our very favorite from the “Beyond the Pale” series. We’d love to know what you think about the color palette – leave us a comment!

PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2020 Preview | “Beyond the Pale” Palette

Dusty Pink (PANTONE 14-1316 TCX)

PANTONE Dusty Pink

Smoke Green (PANTONE 15-6315 TCX)

PANTONE Smoke Green

Super Pink (PANTONE 17-2625 TCX)

PANTONE Super Pink

Acacia (PANTONE 13-0640 TCX)

PANTONE Acacia

Watercress (PANTONE 13-0640 TCX)

PANTONE Watercress

Maroon (PANTONE 18-1619 TCX)

PANTONE Maroon

Plum Kitten (PANTONE 18-1619 TCX)

PANTONE Plum Kitten

Infinity (PANTONE 17-4015 TCX)

PANTONE Infinity

Trending Red + Blue Tones For 4th of July Design

Trending Red + Blue Tones For 4th of July Design

The 4th of July is all about expressing your American patriotism – so make sure you’re doing so in the most stylish way possible!

The freedom of expression is one of the great liberties Americans possess. Within that right is the ability to create, express and design your lifestyle in ways you find beautiful. Independence Day is a perfect occasion to blend your personal style with the colors that represent American pride.

4th of July Pantone color palette Peter Salerno Inc.

Red and blue color tones take center stage on the 4th of July, with re-imaginations of the American flag everywhere you look. From classic, traditional salutes to the flag to trendy takes on red and blue shades, patriotic color design extends from clothing to furniture, accessories to decor, and residential to commercial expressions.

So, how can you set yourself apart this 4th of July if everyone’s working with the same two colors?

Our trusted advisors at PANTONE – the world’s foremost authority on color – have their finger on the pulse of color, design and application. Consistently ahead of the curve on color theory and intelligence, PANTONE provides informative articles as well as the world’s finest color matching system.

Smart design experts understand what a valuable resource PANTONE can be. We’ve taken their expertise and applied it to the 4th of July, searching their latest articles, trend forecasts and color palettes for our favorite red and blue hues to inspire your Independence Day style.

We’ve developed a palette of 8 colors – 4 reds and 4 blues – upon which to build our 4th of July color design. A series of versatile blues spans from light and airy to rich and stable. The four red tones sizzle with all the pizzazz of 4th of July fireworks.

We’d love to know which red and blue tones you like best – Happy 4th of July, and make sure to leave us a comment!

4th of July Color Palette | PANTONE Reds + Blues

Fruit Dove

4th of July Pantone color palette Fruit Dove

Fiesta

4th of July Pantone color palette Fiesta

Valiant Poppy

4th of July Pantone color palette Valiant Poppy

Chili Pepper

4th of July Pantone color palette Chili Pepper

Eclipse

4th of July Pantone color palette Eclipse

Galaxy Blue

4th of July Pantone color palette Galaxy Blue

Princess Blue

4th of July Pantone color palette Princess Blue

Sky Blue

4th of July Pantone color palette Sky Blue

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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