Watch a Luxury Kitchen Design Construction Process

Watch a Luxury Kitchen Design Construction Process

Going behind the scenes of a luxury kitchen design construction process is beautiful and rewarding. The team at Peter Salerno Inc. (the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century in North America) recently gave its Instagram followers a sneak peek at a stunning kitchen design that’s still a ‘work in progress’.

The first detail that jumped out at us were the gorgeous, handcrafted twin kitchen islands. Finished in a elegant blue-gray and adorned with hand-carved corner features, these islands will certainly serve as the centerpiece of the kitchen. We also get a sneak peek at the construction of a magnificent soffit above the islands (a Peter Salerno Inc. trademark), and we can’t wait to see how it turns out!

The sheer amount of windows and glass features in this kitchen design is striking; even mid-construction, the amount of natural light cascading into the space is unreal. Utilizing glass doors on the custom Maestro Rosolino cabinetry ensures that daylight will reflect throughout the space, keeping the need for daytime lighting to a minimum.

For Peter Salerno and his team, attention to detail is everything. From the extra cost to properly paper and protect the new flooring to small protective measures, every square inch of this kitchen is treated like gold during the construction process. And if you look closely, you’ll notice a personal touch – the top of each glass panel on every perimeter cabinet is hand-decorated with a carving of flowers. Each unique flower represents the birthday month of a member of the client’s household.

A unique design and construction element of this kitchen is the butler’s pantry, which isn’t ‘tucked away’ like many others. Rather, the butler’s pantry sits quaintly down a short hallway, removed from the kitchen but still within plain view of its occupants. The butler’s pantry hallway is adjacent to the range and hood, making food preparation and finishing details simple and effective.

Function is equally as important to form, and this Peter Salerno kitchen respects that fact. In addition to the abundance of cabinet fixtures, shelving space exists throughout the kitchen design (including a copious amount in the butler’s pantry). The breadth and depth of the cabinets and shelving ensure that nothing is out of reach for this kitchen’s owners.

Making a luxurious design space as functional as it is beautiful is key. It’s what makes this large kitchen seem cozy, and will allow cooks and other food preparers to easily and efficiently share their creations with family, friends and loved ones. After all, the true measure of a great kitchen is how inviting it is for its users and guests!

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Perimeter door details 👌🏻

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We can’t wait for the next kitchen design update Peter Salerno posts to Instagram, and look forward to exclusive photographs of this kitchen design in its finished form. But if you follow them like we do, you won’t have to!

For all the behind the scene photos of this luxury kitchen design construction process, visit Peter Salerno inc.’s official Instagram account.

Our Favorite Kitchen Design from 2019’s First Half | Transitional Kitchen Photos

Our Favorite Kitchen Design from 2019’s First Half | Transitional Kitchen Photos

When you have the luxury of looking at world-class kitchen design on a daily basis, you tend to get a bit spoiled. But in terms of the first half of 2019, one transitional kitchen design stood out from the rest.

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 kitchen design from Peter Salerno Inc. started with a reclamation project: a collection of vintage wooden beams from St. Patrick’s Orphanage in New York City. Designer Peter Salerno (CMKBD) took one look at the beams and knew they had to be saved. A quick trip into NYC to reclaim the rustic beams, and the project was on.

The reclaimed wood beams frame the ceiling in stark contrast to the modernity of the transitional kitchen below. 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.

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

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. The neutral color palette of the kitchen design allows the crossing vintage wood beams on the ceiling to take center stage, pulling the eye upward to notice all the beautiful design elements that exist near the top of the kitchen (the glass featurettes, the range hood, the statement island lighting, etc.).

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

From the original article:

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.

This Peter Salerno Inc. transitional kitchen design also features a steady dose of Princess Blue, one of PANTONE’s breakout design colors of the year. The notes of blue are mainly featured in dishes and stemware, allowing ambient light to reflect beautifully off the blue glass.

Peter Salerno and reclaimed wood beams from St. Patrick's Orphanage, NYC.
Peter Salerno and reclaimed wood beams from St. Patrick’s Orphanage, NYC.
Reclaimed vintage wood beams from a NYC orphanage, to be used in a transitional kitchen design by Peter Salerno Inc.
Reclaimed vintage wood beams from a NYC orphanage, to be used in a transitional kitchen design by Peter Salerno Inc.

What do you think of this Peter Salerno Inc. transitional kitchen design? Is it YOUR favorite kitchen of the year (so far)? Let us know in the comments section!

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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Dark island adds a great contrast 👌🏻

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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!

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!

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.

The Jewel Box: 5th Anniversary Photos of NKBA’s 2014 Best Small Kitchen

Peter Salerno Inc. 2014 NKBA Best Small Kitchen Photos

It’s been 5 years since Peter Salerno Inc. created The Jewel Box, a kitchen design that won the 2014 NKBA Best Small Kitchen Award and was named the 2014 People’s Choice Kitchen by HGTV.

Peter Salerno's 2014 Best Kitchen winner. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Peter Salerno’s 2014 Best Kitchen winner, the “Jewel Box”. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

It was the third time since 2010 that Peter Salerno has been honored with a NKBA Best Kitchen award. This kitchen was especially dear to Peter Salerno and his staff, and the design (which is being referred to as the “Jewel Box”) is being lauded as exquisite by a vast array of interior design and kitchen design media outlets.

The 2014 Best Kitchen, Small Kitchen Category award was presented by the NKBA at the annual KBIS convention in Las Vegas in February 2014. Due to inclement weather, Peter Salerno and his team were unable to reach the 2014 KBIS convention, so it was an amazing surprise to be honored with this award.

Another view of Peter Salerno's 2014 Best Kitchen, Small Kitchen NKBA winner. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Another view of Peter Salerno’s 2014 Best Kitchen, Small Kitchen NKBA winner. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

This kitchen has also been listed as a top 10 People’s Choice for Small Kitchen by HGTV, an honor which is also precious to Peter Salerno and his kitchen design team. The fact that this kitchen design is loved by not just the owner but the interior design industry and fans of kitchen design is both flattering and humbling.

Another view of our 2014 NKBA Best Small Kitchen winner. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Another view of the 2014 NKBA Best Small Kitchen winner. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Peter Salerno's 2014 Best Kitchen winner. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Peter Salerno’s 2014 Best Kitchen winner. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

For more information about Peter Salerno, Peter Salerno Inc., the KBIS and HGTV awards, and Peter Salerno’s award-winning kitchen designs, please contact Peter Salerno Inc. by calling (201) 251-6608 or completing the form below!