5 Ways to Make Neutral Tone Kitchen + Bath Designs POP

5 Ways to Make Neutral Tone Kitchen + Bath Designs POP

How do you stay ‘on trend’ with neutral tone transitional design without leaving your kitchen or bath looking bland and boring?

It’s a question that gets asked at the beginning of virtually every transitional design project. There’s nothing more appealing in 2019 kitchen and bath design than fresh, neutral colors – but how do you turn white, gray and tan into a design space that dazzles?

Done properly, there are plenty of answers. As usual, we turned to the official Instagram account of Peter Salerno Inc. for some inspiration.

We selected 5 options that will provide an instant ‘pop’ for your neutral kitchen or bath design. They generally fall into two categories: 

  1. Eye-catching design materials and accessories; and
  2. Large lighting and/or reflective features.

Of course, nothing replaces the expertise and value of hiring a world-class kitchen and bath design firm. But every design starts in the same place: with a spark of inspiration. So before you undertake your next transitional kitchen or transitional bath design project (or before you call that design firm), we’d love to give you a few ‘starter ideas’ to base your initial design ideas around.

Are you in love with oversized mirrors? Do you love huge, statement pendant lights? Will you experiment with reclaimed tin or earthy stone surfaces?

Here are a few design ideas to get you started!

5 Ways to ‘Pop’ Your Neutral Tone Kitchen or Bath Design

1. Reclaimed Tin + Mirror Design Elements

2. Unique Stone Elements and Archways

3. Oversized Mirrors, Glass Elements + Ambient Light Sources

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4. Large Statement Pendant Lights and Island Lighting

5. Stark Contrast Between Wall Color + Furniture

For more design inspiration from the most award-winning North American kitchen + bath design firm of the 21st century, check out the official Peter Salerno Inc. Instagram.

Graffiti Bath Design: How to Break ‘Design Rules’ + Still Create a Masterpiece

Graffiti Bath Design: How to Break Rules + Still Win at Design

Throw the bath design rule book out the window. When it comes down to it, the only true ‘rule’ of design is creating something you love.

When Peter Salerno created the award-winning, updated Peter Salerno Inc. showroom, he wanted to reserve one space that went entirely outside the box. When Peter saw the masterful graffiti-style street art that would soon adorn his showroom bath design, he knew he’d found his muse.

Peter Salerno hired a professional graffiti artist to create a bold, vibrant cityscape in the bathroom design. From a replica manhole cover in the center of the floor to colorful depictions of a metropolitan skyline and an elevated subway line, the artwork is audacious and vivid. The inside of the bathroom door is even “tagged” with notable initials, names and dates important to Peter Salerno, his family, and the Peter Salerno Inc. legacy.

Now, before anyone panics – design conventions and standards exist for a reason. There’s no reason to abandon ship on everything you know about design. However – as with anything else – sometimes stepping outside one’s comfort zone is the only way to reach new heights as an artist, a designer and a creator.

As with many of the designs we feature, the true beauty of this graffiti art bath design is in its personalization. As the years have passed at the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom, the ‘tags’ on the bathroom door have filled in – with new staff members, new husbands and wives, children and grandchildren. A simple door has become a living testimonial to the Peter Salerno Inc. design family as well as Peter’s own family.

It’s important to respect your personal legacy and style while incorporating new elements into your home design, especially in frequently traveled areas like the kitchen and bath. Rich colors can still be comfortable and inviting when coupled with design elements that mean something to you.

“When I’m doing design work, it’s always important for me to personalize something,” Peter Salerno says in the video above. “I wanted to show the energy of New York City; I think that graffiti was the only way to express that properly.”

By stepping outside a personal comfort zone, a world-class designer was able to pay tribute to his family, his design team, and a city which he loves. How do YOU plan to step outside your ‘design comfort zone’ and grow? Let us know in the comments below!

For more about the graffiti bath design at Peter Salerno Inc.’s award-winning Wyckoff, New Jersey showroom, check out Peter Salerno Inc.’s official Instagram account.

Read more about this design on the Peter Salerno Inc. Instagram account.
Read more about this design on the Peter Salerno Inc. Instagram account.

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!

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.

 

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!

Peter Rymwid, Architecture and Interior Design Photography Master

Peter Rymwid, Architecture and Interior Design Photography Master

Much of the photography you see on Design Your Lifestyle comes from one impeccable source: Peter Rymwid. For over 2 decades, Peter Rymwid has been a pre-eminent photographer of architecture, kitchen design, bath design, interiors and landscapes.

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

Our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc., has trusted and relied upon Peter Rymwid’s photography skill for years to present its award-winning kitchen designs, bath designs and interior designs in the best possible light. As stated in a previous article from Peter Salerno Inc.:

At Peter Salerno Inc., we’re all about the extraordinary. We take the utmost care and pride to bring our clients one-of-a-kind, award-winning designs that change the way they live. From kitchens to baths, bars to “man caves” and beyond, Peter Salerno and his team of designers find joy in transforming the personal and professional spaces of their valued clients and friends.

Peter Salerno loves to share photos of his work that truly display the craftsmanship, artistry, and attention to detail they possess. When it comes to that high level of photography, we have come to trust the phenomenal Peter Rymwid as our “unofficial-official” Peter Salerno Inc. photographer.

Peter Rymwid has lent his photography prowess to some world-renowned projects. During the run of hit reality show “The Apprentice”, Peter captured exclusive photographs of Donald Trump’s Boardroom from the series.

Exclusive photo of Trump's Board Room from The Apprentice, by Peter Rymwid.
Exclusive photo of Trump’s Board Room from The Apprentice, by Peter Rymwid.

Peter Rymwid’s reputation as a brilliant photographer with an astute eye for interior design and architectural photography has made him one of the most sought-after photographers in the industry. From Peter’s professional website:

Peter… has been photographing interiors and architecture for more than 20 years. During that time, his work has appeared on an unprecedented number of covers of books and magazines – more than 100 in all.

Peter finds, captures and delivers true elegance and the uniqueness of each interior he photographs, producing a lasting record and an immersive, memorable experience for the viewer.

We cannot thank and praise Peter enough for the stunning photography he’s provided to Peter Salerno Inc. – and by proxy, to us at Design Your Lifestyle. Take a moment to enjoy these gorgeous kitchen, bath, interior and architecture photos from the masterful Peter Rymwid.

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

A gorgeous transitional kitchen design from Peter Salerno's TRANSITIONS™ line. (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]

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

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

A beautiful summer kitchen in Lavallette designed by Peter Salerno. (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

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

Award-Winning Transitional Bathroom Turns 3 [Design Photos]

Award-Winning Transitional Bathroom Turns 3 [Design Photos]

Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]
Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]
When Peter Salerno Inc. teamed up with Stratta, the Tile Boutique to create a transitional bath design they called ‘Simple Tranquility’, Peter knew they were creating something special.

Three years later, the beautiful transitional bathroom is still a timeless, stunning design. It was awarded 2nd place nationally by Signature Kitchens and Baths magazine in March 2015. It was quite an honor for Peter Salerno and his team, who also took home two national kitchen design awards from the NKBA during the 2015 KBIS convention in Las Vegas.

‘Simple Tranquility’ is a transitional bathroom in Bergen County, NJ. The cabinets are walnut with an espresso stain from Peter Salerno Inc’s coveted “Mastro Rosolino” (TM) line of cabinets.

Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]

The tops are marble from Stone Surfaces in East Rutherford, NJ. The backsplash is glass and porcelain, and the floor is marble tile by Stratta – The Tile Boutique , Wyckoff, NJ. The hardware is polished stainless from Hardware Designs in Fairfield, NJ. All the fixtures and fittings also came from Hardware Designs, while the sconces and chandelier came from Capitol Lighting in Paramus, NJ.

This gorgeous transitional bath design was truly a team effort, and Peter Salerno certainly shares this award with all parties involved – Stratta, Stone Surfaces, Hardware Designs, Capitol Lighting, and his own team at Peter Salerno Inc.

Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]

But the people to truly be congratulated are the owners of this nationally award-winning bathroom – it was their project, their space, and their dreams that made this room a reality!