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.

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How to Afford Luxury Home Design: Part 1

How to Afford Luxury Home Design: Part 1

“Luxury” and “affordable” are 2 words that seem like polar opposites. This is especially the case when it comes to high-end home design, specifically custom kitchen design and custom bath design.

The world of luxury home design seems like a far-off fantasy to most people. (The author of this article is definitely guilty of perusing Pinterest for high-end home design photos and letting out a wistful sigh or two.) Whether your taste is gorgeous French ovens and ranges, state-of-the-art bath fixtures, custom tile work or unique accessories, luxury home design – and its price tag – appears to be a bit out of reach.

But luxury home design style can be attainable – and affordable.

Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design, 2017 design trends

World-renowned design firms like the award-winning Peter Salerno Inc. are committing to make design fantasies into realities for a more reasonable cost than ever before.

(Before we dive into the topic further, we should be clear – it takes a respected design firm with years of networking, experience and success to deliver this level of luxury at an achievable price. Without the proper connections and a finely-tuned approach, it’s hard to streamline the design and delivery process of such high-quality materials on a competitive budget.)

The finest custom kitchen and bath design companies in the world are trending towards “affordable luxury” – the idea that high-end design shouldn’t always be reserved for high-end budgets. For Peter Salerno Inc., that idea takes shape in the form of the revamped Transitions™ collection.

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

Peter Salerno Inc. is the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm of the last 15 years, with awards from prestigious organizations like the NKBA, KBIS, Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Signature Kitchens & Baths. Their tagline, “It’s all about the extraordinary”, now applies to more budgets and households than ever before.

A quote from the official Peter Salerno Inc. website:

For those that appreciate quality, craftsmanship, and design but don’t require a Rolls Royce; Transitions is the only choice. We bring our award-winning design expertise to your space accompanied by quality cabinetry with a wide variety of door styles, finishes, and moldings.

At a price-point 20%-45% less than our Tesoro line, this is the perfect option for builders and homeowners looking to furnish a home with something extraordinary while staying in budget.

The thing we love about the concept of “affordable luxury” is that the term is flexible. As we’ve discussed in previous articles, today’s best design trends are all about personalization, and that includes the design budget. After all, the term “affordable” is relative to each client. For Peter Salerno Inc., “affordable luxury” is as simple (and refreshing) as always providing the highest quality work, craftsmanship, design, materials and delivery for the client’s budget.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be talking more about affordable luxury in custom home design, and the best ways for you and your professional design firm to create the luxurious home space of your dreams without breaking the bank. Stay tuned!

Check Out ‘WOW’ Designers on Houzz for Design Inspiration

Check Out ‘WOW’ Designers on Houzz for Design Inspiration

Browsing the Ideabooks on Houzz (the leading social media site for design) is a great way to get ideas for your next home design project. Houzz and the NKBA have compiled an Ideabook of “Designs That WOW” for your enjoyment and inspiration – and our parent company Peter Salerno Inc. is proud to be highlighted.

Not only is Peter’s custom La Cornue showroom kitchen the first photo listed in the “Designs That WOW” Ideabook, but Peter Salerno Inc. has been honored with five selections in the Ideabook, compiled by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). It’s yet another fantastic honor bestowed upon Peter Salerno by the NKBA (Peter is the NKBA’s most award-winning designer over the last decade).

Peter Salerno Inc. utilizes Houzz to keep its valued clients (and prospective design clients) up to date on their latest designs, projects and before-and-after kitchen, bath, and home design pictures. Many of the pictures featured are taken by the fantastic photographer Peter Rywmid.

5 Summer 2018 Home Design Trends To Watch

5 Summer 2018 Home Design Trends To Watch

If you live in many parts of America (especially the northeast), then you know what we’re thinking – what in the world happened to Spring 2018? The season seems to have vanished, and many of us feel like we “jumped straight from winter to summer”, as one of our colleagues put it.

With such a late jump on spring (and a mini heat wave to start May 2018), all of our “Spring Cleaning” projects feel so far behind schedule. Before you know it, Summer 2018 will be right around the corner – and how will we know that our home designs are on trend?

After looking through countless design articles, blogs, websites, magazines and consulting expert sources (like our parent company, the design wizards at Peter Salerno Inc.), we’ve cultivated a scaled-down list of our five favorite Summer 2018 home design trends you should be watching.

Why these 5 Summer 2018 home design trends? Simple – they’re all attainable. You don’t have to change all the decor in your house, or start a massive renovation, or counter your own specific tastes (that’s why we’re giving you multiple flooring trends to explore) – all you need to do is put down a new rug, some new stain, paint a wall or buy some unique plants and fruit/floral arrangements!

It’s rare that we want to do a full-blown home design overhaul – and when we do, that’s when it’s time to consult with a world-renowned, award-winning home design firm. But if you want to take on a one-day design project in your home to update things for Summer 2018, then this is a great list to peruse.

What do you like? What design trends do you question? We want to hear from you in the comments!

Five Summer 2018 Home Design Trends

1. Dark Wood Grains and Dark Wood Flooring

Dark wood grains in surfaces (counters, bars, etc.) and flooring are ‘on trend’ for homes in Summer 2018. This gorgeous bar design from Peter Salerno Inc. benefits from lush, dark-colored curtains to augment the rich grain of the flooring.

Dark wood grain flooring makes this Peter Salerno Inc. bar design 'pop - Summer 2018 design trends
Dark wood grain flooring makes this Peter Salerno Inc. bar design ‘pop – Summer 2018 design trends

2. Pastel Accent Walls That Pop

Pastels were everywhere in the Pantone Spring 2018 color collection – and pastel accent walls are a great way to lighten up the mood and create a lively room design. Try one of the ‘major players’ in the Pantone Spring 2018 pastel collection – Spring Crocus, Pink Lavender or Blooming Dahlia!

3. Decor Plants and Unique Planters

When it comes to floral arrangements and indoor plants for Summer 2018, get unique (and when in doubt, go big!). If you’ve never seen “that particular plant” before at your local greenhouse, that’s the one to pick! Planters, succulent arrangements and plant decor in general are going to be used as statement design pieces for kitchen design and living space design this summer, so be bold and ‘go green’.

Unique plant and fruit displays smartly placed throughout a kitchen give it appeal.
Unique plant and fruit displays smartly placed throughout a kitchen give it appeal.

 

4. Geometric Patterns for Floor and Wall Tiles

Geometric flooring is a major design trend for Summer 2018 homes.
Geometric flooring is a major design trend for Summer 2018 homes.

5. Large Oriental and Statement Rugs

Still love rugs? Oriental and large statement rugs are back in for Summer 2018!
Still love rugs? Oriental and large statement rugs are back in for Summer 2018!

Peter Salerno Inc.’s Mendham Design Showroom Celebrates 2nd Anniversary!

Peter Salerno Inc.’s Mendham Design Showroom Celebrates 2nd Anniversary!

Two years ago, Peter Salerno Inc. took a leap of faith and opened its second showroom – a quaint but luxurious space along West Main Street in historic Mendham, New Jersey. The move reminded Peter Salerno and his wife Tracy of the risk they took in 1997, when they opened their first showroom location in Wyckoff, New Jersey.

Since their first showroom opened, Peter Salerno Inc. has become the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century. Even when their re-designed main showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey, was named Most Innovative Small Showroom by KBIS in 2015, there was still a need for expansion.

World-class Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design in the new Peter Salerno Inc. boutique showroom in Mendham, NJ.
World-class Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design in the new Peter Salerno Inc. boutique showroom in Mendham, NJ.

With that expansion came the need for greater display space, and Peter’s business family (and actual family) began to look into a satellite showroom. That search led them to beautiful Mendham, New Jersey, a charming town along the famed Patriot’s Path of Revolutionary War lore.

The new Peter Salerno Inc. showroom (located at 5 West Main Street, Mendham, NJ) features multiple custom kitchen design solutions focusing on a blend of classic and contemporary transitional kitchen design. A rustic awning and opulent, original stained glass adorn the front window and invite you inside.

Once inside the Mendham showroom, Peter Salerno dazzles you with fresh white walls and tile resting atop custom kitchen cabinetry. This showcases the perfect blend of “new school” transitional kitchen design and “old world” custom Maestro Rosolino cabinetry that is the hallmark of Peter Salerno Inc. custom kitchen design. Clients can also procure exclusive, unique pieces from the brand new EDGES custom cutlery collection.

The new Peter Salerno Inc. boutique showroom in Mendham, NJ.
The new Peter Salerno Inc. boutique showroom in Mendham, NJ.

From there, you are taken on a “mini” tour of the signature style that has made Peter Salerno Inc. the most award-winning kitchen and bath design firm in North America this century. The boutique showroom features a mix of classic and contemporary, traditional and transitional kitchen design. A large high-definition screen gives our clients a further look into the state-of-the-art Peter Salerno Inc. design portfolio.

The heart of Mendham was the perfect place for Peter Salerno Inc.’s satellite showroom, which balances a charming blend of high-end, world-class kitchen design with the charm of one of the most historic suburbs in New Jersey.

For more information about the two-year anniversary of Peter Salerno Inc.’s Mendham, New Jersey showroom, please call (201) 251-6608 or fill out the contact form below. Congratulations to Peter Salerno and his family on this milestone!

Pantone Releases Expanded Spring 2018 Color Palette

Pantone Releases Expanded Spring 2018 Color Palette

Color design lovers, prepare for an explosion of color in Spring 2018! Pantone has released its Spring 2018 color palette for New York Fashion Week that offers 12 bold color choices, as well as a “Classic color palette” that presents another 4 selections.

It’s a huge leap forward for Pantone, the world’s foremost authority on color design and color matching. In recent years, Pantone has released seasonal collections of 10 colors, offering plenty of selection and inspiration for color design enthusiasts.

The Spring 2018 expansion to 16 colors provides an even larger palette from which to choose – and that doesn’t even include the “London” color palette!

Pantone’s Spring 2018 color palette delivers a knockout punch of bright colors, floral blooms, and vibrant tones. It’s interesting to note that the neutral tones selected for the Spring 2018 collection are a departure from grays and off-blacks of past seasons. Instead, Pantone focuses its neutral tones on woodsy, earthy browns and gentle off-whites.

The Spring 2018 Classic Color Palette screams “yacht party” with its 4 nautical colors. Sailor Blue, Harbor Mist, Warm Sand, and Coconut Milk are a traditional color design lover’s dream come true.

The combination of bright, floral colors and earthy neutrals is of particular interest to home design and interior design teams (like our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc.)

Taking a cue from Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year, Ultra Violet, the Pantone Spring 2018 color palette dares to be optimistic, warm, and upbeat.

We’ll be delving into each of the 16 colors in Pantone’s Spring 2018 collection in the coming weeks. For now, here’s an overview of the entire Pantone color palette for Spring 2018.

Pantone Spring 2018 Color Palette: The 16 Colors Selected

New York Fashion Week Spring 2018 Pantone Palette

PANTONE 13-0646 Meadowlark
PANTONE 17-1563 Cherry Tomato
PANTONE 16-4132 Little Boy Blue
PANTONE 18-1440 Chili Oil
PANTONE 14-3207 Pink Lavender
PANTONE 15-1520 Blooming Dahlia
PANTONE 16-5533 Arcadia
PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet – Pantone 2018 Color of the Year
PANTONE 18-1028 Emperador
PANTONE 12-2103 Almost Mauve
PANTONE 17-3020 Spring Crocus
PANTONE 13-0550 Lime Punch

Spring 2018 Pantone Classic Color Palette

PANTONE 19-4034 Sailor Blue

PANTONE 14-4202 Harbor Mist

PANTONE 15-1214 Warm Sand

PANTONE 11-0608 Coconut Milk

Flashback: Peter Salerno Featured in NKBA Certifications Video

Flashback: Peter Salerno Featured in NKBA Certifications Video

The NKBA's Ash Sukumar films Peter Salerno in his showroom for an upcoming KBIS presentation.
The NKBA’s Ash Sukumar films Peter Salerno in his showroom for an upcoming KBIS presentation.

Two years ago, Peter Salerno lent his 30 years of experience as a certified master kitchen and bath designer (CMKBD) to the NKBA in the production of a new video for NKBA University.

As was first reported on the NKBA Connect blog, that video of Peter Salerno was featured as a Center Stage Video at the KBIS 2015 convention in Las Vegas.

The video was part of a presentation entitled “The Importance of NKBA Certification”, taking place on Tuesday, January 20th from 3:45-4:15 p.m. at KBIS 2015’s Center Stage. The interactive Center Stage presentation was perfect for students, young designers, and experienced designers looking to take their credentials to the next level.

Watch Peter Salerno’s KBIS 2015 video on NKBA Certifications:

Peter Salerno is a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer (CMKBD), and his successful, award-winning custom design business is in large part based on his commitment to continuing professional education. Much of that continuing education comes through the NKBA and its outstanding member programs.

Peter Salerno's NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012, with a custom hood from RangeCraft.
Peter Salerno’s NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012, with a custom hood from RangeCraft. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

“Being NKBA certified lends instant credibility to my business,” Peter said in his recent NKBA interview. And he should know – over the last 10 years, Peter Salerno Inc. is the most award-winning kitchen and bath design firm in North America.