Pantone Promises a Bright, Colorful 2019: A Sneak Peek at Spring Colors

Pantone Promises a Bright, Colorful 2019: A Sneak Peek at Spring Colors

My goodness, do we love the Pantone Spring 2019 color collection. Bright, colorful and cheerful, Pantone’s selections for spring (and summer) 2019 signal warmth, optimism, and the invitation to be good to others.

Pantone Spring 2019 colors are bright and beautiful.
Pantone Spring 2019 colors are bright and beautiful.

Led by the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year, Living Coral, this collection is all about a sunny disposition. (Living Coral itself has been described as “a big hug”.) The entire Pantone Spring 2019 collection consists of 12 core colors and a neutral palette, but we’ve narrowed our ‘sneak peek’ down to our 5 favorites.

We attempted to provide a cross-section of warm, cool and neutral tones that all bring something unique to the table – especially in terms of their utility in kitchen design and bath design. Enjoy!

Our Favorite Pantone Spring 2019 Colors: A Sneak Peek

1. Living Coral (Pantone 2019 Color of the Year)
We’ve already covered Living Coral, the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year. This reddish-orange tone reminds us (of course) of ocean coral, but also of the brightest peach in a farmer’s market. Rich, crisp and forward, Living Coral is an energetic boost to the 2019 color palette.

Living Coral, Pantone 16-1546, Pantone Color of the Year

2. Mango Mojito (Pantone 15-0960)

Mango Mojito is the perfect marriage of spicy orange and bright yellow. The result is a color that’s not “too hot” for kitchen design. Used sparingly, Mango Mojito instantly livens up any room’s decor, accessories and wall color schemes.

Mango Mojito, Pantone 15-0960

3. Princess Blue (Pantone 19-4150)

Princess Blue is strong. And that’s a wonderful thing. Perfect as a ‘leading’ shade in vivid color schemes, nautical themes, and paired with cool neutrals, Princess Blue is a bold, beautiful winner.

Princess Blue, Pantone 19-4150

4. Pepper Stem (Pantone 17-0542)

An energetic green, Pepper Stem follows in the footsteps of Greenery, the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year. We love the leafy, natural feel of Pepper Stem. It’s a “garden” green; use it in areas where you plan to incorporate floral arrangements, succulents, hanging plants or neutral browns.

Pepper Stem, Pantone 17-0542

5. Soybean (Pantone 13-0919)

Our Pantone Spring 2019 Neutrals selection, Soybean, is the warmest neutral you’re going to find. We’re instantly attracted to Soybean’s rich, creamy tone, and how complimentary it can be in almost any color scheme imaginable for your kitchen design or bath design. Use Soybean to ‘warm up’ cooler blues and greens, or as a neutral that’s bold enough to match hot colors.

Soybean, Pantone 03-0919

Which of these five Pantone Spring 2019 colors is YOUR favorite? Let us know in the comments below – let’s start a conversation!

All White Design: A Winter Bath Design Ideabook

All White Design: A Winter Bath Design Ideabook

All year, the Design Your Lifestyle team has trumpeted the arrival of “statement neutrals” – using neutral tones as primary color elements in your home, kitchen and bath design. With the winter season right around the corner, we turn your attention to the most basic (and wintery) of neutrals – white!

The freshness of pure white and off-white neutrals cannot be ignored. A crisp white finish to your home bath design provides an immediate “pop” of class and distinction, and will never go out of style. Combine these white design features with a well-designed amount of ambient light, and you have a brilliant finish to the statement bath design of your dreams!

The team at Peter Salerno Inc. understands and masterfully utilizes the strength of white in bath design. From traditional to transitional, Peter Salerno and his design team bring the beauty of white to life in their award-winning bath designs. (And when you’ve won more national design awards than any firm in North America since 2002, you’re an expert to trust!)

An all-white Peter Salerno Inc. bath design with cherry island. (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
An all-white Peter Salerno Inc. bath design with cherry island. (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

The Peter Salerno Inc. bath designs featured in this article are prime examples of how to properly utilize white as a “statement neutral” in your bath design. Of course, going “full white” as a color design scheme is generally doomed to fail.

So how does an expert designer like Peter Salerno, CMKBD, utilize such large amounts of white in his award-winning bath designs while still maintaining that “WOW” factor his clients desire? Here are a few tips from a master designer and his team.

Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]
An award-winning white transitional bath design from Peter Salerno Inc.
Even the brightest of bath designs needs contrast. In the Peter Salerno Inc. bath designs featured in this piece, notice the utilization of rich wood grains in the feature cabinetry and islands. We love the gorgeous center cherry wood island in the top bath design, as well as the dark wood grains of the custom cabinetry and tables below. The depth and texture of these darker wood elements only serves to make the delicate whiteness of the tile, paint, claw foot tubs and counters that much brighter.

Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]
A white transitional bath design from Stratta and Peter Salerno Inc. (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
Keep in mind that all the white paint, tile and counter spaces you implement will be augmented by proper use of ambient light. There is always room for statement lighting, but nothing beats the mixture of crisp sunshine off white design elements to make a neutral white tone seem earthy and welcoming.

Like the designs you see here? Want more expert advice from the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm in North America since 2002? Fill out the contact form below!

November 24, 2018 is Small Business Saturday | A Design Perspective

November 24, 2018 is Small Business Saturday | A Design Perspective

We all know the day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday. But make sure you join us in celebrating Small Business Saturday the next day – Saturday, November 24, 2018!

Small Business Saturday is of particular value to Design Your Lifestyle, as we are a small business whose parent company, Peter Salerno Inc., is a family business with humble roots that has become the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century.

Peter Salerno Inc. donates 100 turkeys a year as part of their Thanksgiving and Small Business Saturday mission.
Peter Salerno Inc. donates 100 turkeys a year as part of their Thanksgiving and Small Business Saturday mission.

The same values that make Peter Salerno Inc. an award-winning, world-renowned business are the ones which serve as core tenets of Small Business Saturday:

  1. A focus on personalized customer and client service;
  2. The individualized attention a small business can provide its clients;
  3. User-friendly website design and web development;
  4. Creating a flexible, consumer-centered business experience; and
  5. Paying it forward with support for charities and non-profits in the community.

Each year, Peter Salerno Inc. donates 100 turkeys to a local food bank as part of its mission to give back to the local community. It’s one small way that a company that has prospered for over 20 years in the Bergen County, New Jersey area gives thanks.

“We don’t see it as charity,” a staff member noted. “We see it as part of our responsibility to our community.”

Peter Salerno's 2014 NKBA Best Kitchen. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Peter Salerno Inc. marries an owner’s personality with world-class design elements.

Peter Salerno Inc. is driven by the same attention to personal detail that makes Small Business Saturday an annual success.

While achieving renown as a world-class kitchen and bath design company, Peter Salerno Inc. has maintained its small business status in order to best serve its clients in a nimble, personalized manner. The idea of “personalized luxury” appeals to Peter and his staff – in short, true luxury is found in a home design that directly reflects those who live in it. Whether it be artistic flourishes (painted flowers in the kitchen to symbolize the birth month of each family member) or construction details that evoke family heritage, Peter Salerno and his team strive to blend the personal touches of a small business with the spectacular design achievements of an award-winning firm.

Support Peter Salerno Inc. and local businesses like it this Small Business Saturday, and keep the community you love strong and vibrant!

Pantone Fall 2018 Classic Colors: Kitchen + Bath Design Photos

Pantone Fall 2018 Classic Colors: Kitchen + Bath Design Photos

Sargasso Sea, Quiet Gray, Meerkat, Almond Buff and Tofu. The 5 Classic Colors selected by Pantone for its Fall 2018 collection are steady, sophisticated, and easily incorporated into high-end, smart kitchen design.

Neutral colors have transitioned from complementary shades to statement colors in the last few years, bringing fresh, classic colors to kitchen designs and bath designs. The result has been a steady stream of home design colors that are easy-to-pair, inviting, and comfortable to view.

Our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc., is the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century. As such, we were naturally curious how Peter Salerno and his design team have used these Pantone Fall 2018 Classic Colors in some of their recent kitchen design and bath design projects.

From a French-inspired bath to a brand-new kitchen cabinet installation, a sleek American transitional kitchen to a new kitchen design installation in Russia, Peter Salerno Inc. uses this season’s Pantone Classic Colors to dramatic effect. See for yourself!

1. Sargasso Sea – a sturdy navy blue

Sargasso Sea Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

Butler's pantry and cabinetry design from Peter Salerno Inc., 2018.
Butler’s pantry and cabinetry design from Peter Salerno Inc., 2018.
Butler's pantry and cabinetry design from Peter Salerno Inc., 2018.
Butler’s pantry and cabinetry design from Peter Salerno Inc., 2018.

2. Quiet Gray – a relaxing, comfortable shade

Quiet Gray Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

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

3. Meerkat – a punchy, warm neutral

Meerkat Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

 

Peter Salerno Inc's 2014 Best Bath award winner. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
A Peter Salerno Inc. Best Bath award winner. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Alternate view of our French-inspired 1st place best bath design winner.

4. Almond Buff – an easily-paired taupe

Almond Buff Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

Peter Salerno's gorgeous French-inspired Princeton kitchen is in his design portfolio

A Peter Salerno Inc. custom kitchen design, with French inspirations.(Credit Peter Rymwid)
A Peter Salerno Inc. custom kitchen design, with French inspirations.(Credit Peter Rymwid)

5. Tofu – a chic, interesting off-white

Tofu Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

 

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

 

Breaking Down the Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Color Palette

Breaking Down the Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Color Palette

Color Family #1: Cool and Bright

Ultra Violet, Crocus Petal and Nebulas Blue

As a tip of the cap to 2018 Pantone Color of the Year Ultra Violet, we start our Fall/Winter 2018 color families with these intriguing cool tones. The reason for our intrigue? Cool colors aren’t supposed to be this ‘forward’ – and yet, here we are. Ultra Violet commands one’s attention immediately, while Crocus Petal has a warm pink undertone that makes your eye linger a bit longer.

With all due deference to the purple tones, we are completely enamored with Nebulas Blue, one of the most dazzling blue tones Pantone has selected in the last 2-3 years. We expect to see Nebulas Blue everywhere – runways, home designs, graphic design, etc.


Ultra Violet Pantone Fall/Winter 2018
Crocus Petal Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Nebulas Blue Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

 

2. Color Family #2: Rich and Seductive

Valiant Poppy, Red Pear and Meerkat

When we see Valiant Poppy, Red Pear and Meerkat together, we can’t help but think of a glamorous Hollywood starlet with a stunning red dress and a stole wrapped around her shoulders. Meerkat is the perfect compliment to these two red tones, with its punch of warm brown for support. None of these tones will have an easy time taking a ‘back seat’ to others in your kitchen or bath design; we’re most intrigued to see what designers can do with Red Pear.

Valiant Poppy Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Red Pear Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Meerkat Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

 

Color Family #3: The Bold Standouts

Russet Orange, Limelight and Ceylon Yellow

You can’t be shy and utilize any of these colors in your design – Russet Orange, Limelight and Ceylon Yellow are for the bright, the brassy and the bold. While the mustard-tinged Ceylon Yellow may prove to have the most utility in kitchen and bath design, the proper splashes of either of its counterparts in this color family can be used to achieve dramatic, eye-catching results. Be careful not to overuse any of these tones, however!

Russet Orange Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Limelight Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Ceylon Yellow Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

 

Color Family #4: Smart and Sophisticated

Quetzal Green, Martini Olive and Sargasso Sea

If you want your design to radiate confidence, sophistication and luxury, these three Pantone colors should be in strong consideration for inclusion. Quetzal Green is a gorgeous blue-green that appears to be the offspring of emerald and sapphire. Martini Olive evokes images of upscale bars and dens, and is a rare green shade that could even be seen by some as a neutral. Sargasso Sea, meanwhile, is the most intriguing of all the Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Colors, providing a steady navy blue backbone to the season.

Quetzal Green Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Martini Olive Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Sargasso Sea Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

 

Color Family #5: Highly Versatile Neutrals

Quiet Gray, Almond Buff and Tofu

Pantone’s Fall/Winter 2018 color palette provides some of the most satisfying, pairable neutral tones in recent memory. Quiet Gray, Almond Buff and Tofu aren’t just neutrals that sit in the background; any one of them could easily be the lead primary color in your design. Tofu, in particular, may be our favorite ‘off-white’ neutral Pantone selection in years. With just enough warmth underneath a steady white base, Tofu is quietly one of the real winners of the Fall/Winter 2018 collection, and should be a strong contender for any neutral-tone kitchen design or bath design.

Quiet Gray Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB Almond Buff Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB Tofu Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

Peter Salerno Inc. “Showstopper” Showroom Featured by KBB [PHOTOS]

Peter Salerno Inc. “Showstopper” Showroom Featured by KBB [PHOTOS]

Thank You to the KBB For the Awesome Feature Article!

Peter Salerno Inc. was honored as Most Innovative Small Showroom at the 2015 KBIS convention during their inaugural Innovative Showroom Awards. The people at the KBB (Kitchen and Bath Business, the geniuses behind the KBIS convention) were generous enough to follow up Peter Salerno’s Innovative Showroom award with a wonderful piece about Peter’s award-winning design showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey.

The La Cornue kitchen in Peter Salerno Inc.'s NJ showroom. (Photo: {Peter Rymwid)
The La Cornue kitchen in Peter Salerno Inc.’s NJ showroom. (Photo: {Peter Rymwid)

The article, titled “Showstopper” (click the link to read it!), covers various aspects of Peter Salerno Inc.’s renowned kitchen and bath design showroom, and includes quotes directly from Peter Salerno as well as a linked photo gallery of exclusive Peter Salerno Inc. showroom photos.

KBB journalist Erinn Waldo, the author of “Showstopper”, provides a comprehensive and enjoyable review of Peter’s showroom. From the birth of Peter’s showroom (with the gifted Ellen Cheever), to the 2015 KBIS Most Innovative Small Showroom award, it is quite a journey through time and design!

The animated fiber-optic kitchen island in Peter Salerno Inc.'s showroom, which you have to see to believe! (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
The animated fiber-optic kitchen island in Peter Salerno Inc.’s showroom, which you have to see to believe! (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

Special thanks goes out to Erinn Waldo, a thorough and highly professional journalist, for her coverage in this article. And, as listed in Erinn’s original KBB article, the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom truly was (and is) a collaborative effort. Thank you to ALL listed below, as well as Peter’s outstanding clientele and staff!

Designer: Peter Salerno, Peter Salerno Inc.; Ellen Cheever, Ellen Cheever & Associates

Photography: Peter Rymwid Photography 


Antique Tin Hoods/Panels: Simply Amy LLC, Milford, N.J.


Appliances: La Cornue, Paris France; Oberg & Lindquist Corp, Wyckoff N.J.; Sub-Zero Wolf Inc.

Concrete Counters and Specialty Pieces: J & M Lifestyles LLC, Randolph, N.J.

Lighting Fixtures: Capital Lighting Inc., Paramus, N.J.


Reclaimed Wood Products: Southbend Building Products, Cornelius, N.C.

Stone Counters: Stone Surfaces Inc., East Rutherford, N.J. Tile Backsplashes and Flooring: Stratta Inc., Wyckoff, N.J.

How to Afford Luxury Home Design: Part 2 [Personalization, Not Price]

How to Afford Luxury Home Design: Part 2 [Personalization, Not Price]

In this series, Design Your Lifestyle shows you how luxury home design in 2018 can be far more affordable than you think. The series began with Part 1, where we stated that ‘luxury’ is a far more flexible term than you might think – especially when it comes to custom kitchen design and custom bath design.

The key to luxury home design is simple, and it’s the exact opposite of what you’re told to believe: you shouldn’t want to keep up with your neighbors. True luxury home design in today’s marketplace isn’t about trying to ‘one-up’ others; rather, it’s about focusing on yourself.

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

Achieving true luxury in your kitchen design, bath design or whole home design is all about personalization – not price.

Personalized Luxury is the best kind. What good is a beautiful home design if it’s sterile? Imagine a spacious, glamorous home full of the hottest design trends, posh furniture, luxury appliances and state-of-the-art technology. That would be a great place to hang out for awhile, but would it be a great place to live?

A house can be virtually anything. But your HOME has to reflect you. A home provides comfort, security, sentimental touches and reflections of your family, friends and loved ones. And if it doesn’t compliment your own personality and sense of style, then is it truly “yours”?

One of the reasons we lean on our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc., for constant design advice is simple. Peter Salerno and his team spend an inordinate amount of time honing their crafts, attending conferences and design showcases, and partnering with the finest brands and sub-contractors in the world. But they spend even more time learning about their clients.

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

The application of personal touches and ‘personalized luxury’ even extends into Peter Salerno’s own home. Peter’s home kitchen is adorned with hand-painted floral arrangements on each of his custom cabinets – one to signify the birth month of each of his family members.

There are two ways to approach the concept of adding value to your home through hiring a world-class custom designer. One is, of course, financial – resale value is an important measurable to consider for the future. But in the here and now, the second concept of added home value is invaluable – and that’s the idea of personal value.

Peter Salerno's 2014 NKBA Best Kitchen. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

We’ll put it this way. Whatever your current design (or re-design, or renovation) budget may be, would you rather spend it on impersonal items that will only serve to add re-sale value? Or would you choose to invest some or all of that budget in making your home a place where you (and the world) can feel a true connection to who you are and what you love?

Quality home design firms today must take the time to learn about you as a client. Everyone wants beauty in his or her daily life, but the definition of beauty is unique to each individual. Ultimately, your custom kitchen designer, custom bath designer, or whole home designer must answer to one standard of beauty – yours.

The details make the design, and they also make it personal. Whether it’s reclaiming materials from your first home for use in your new home, or finding decor from your hometown, or simply utilizing your favorite colors, expert designers like Peter Salerno understand the difference between ‘a gorgeous house’ and ‘your perfect home’. And by utilizing that thought process, they can provide you with luxury home design that focuses on personalization, not price.

Want more information about this article, personalized luxury, or the designers mentioned? Fill out the contact form below or leave a comment!