Using Swarovski Crystal in Modern Kitchen Design [PHOTOS]

Using Swarovski Crystal in Modern Kitchen Design [PHOTOS]

We’ll be right back the second we stop drooling. It might take awhile.  In the meantime, look at how gorgeous this Swarovski crystal design is on a new kitchen ceiling soffit.

You see why we’re gushing, right? This stunning blue and clear Swarovski crystal pattern lays dramatically on a tin ceiling soffit design by Peter Salerno Inc. – our parent company, and the most award-winning North American kitchen design firm of the 21st century.

The gorgeous color combination sparkles beautifully against the silver backdrop, adding a sense of extravagant luxury to what many consider “just another kitchen design element”. For far too long, kitchen soffits have been seen as something to be hidden, a “necessary evil”. Peter Salerno and his team have once again turned the ordinary into the extraordinary, combining form and function to turn a soffit into a masterpiece.

It’s just another example of how a master kitchen designer can help you upgrade from a statement kitchen to an award-winning showstopper.

“Add a mink wrap for the walls,” one Instagram user gushed in tongue-in-cheek style, noting the opulence of the crystal design. Nothing was overlooked in this Peter Salerno Inc. Swarovski soffit design. Large crystals were crushed into smaller pieces and set between the floral crystal design elements, causing light to reflect and sparkle off nearly every square inch of the soffit design.

And why not go for that “wow factor” in your dream kitchen design? It’s your home, after all; if the kitchen is your gathering place for friends, family and loved ones, it ought to be the centerpiece of your whole home design!

The truth is, kitchen ceiling soffits can be the crown on your kitchen design masterpiece! In the past, soffits were strictly created to hide wiring and cover the underside of surfaces, without much thought to ‘curb appeal’ or aesthetic value. Today’s smartest designers (like Peter Salerno Inc.) understand that every square inch of design space is an opportunity to add on to a masterpiece.

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Go for it, add that wow factor into your kitchen

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Perhaps Swarovski crystal doesn’t fit your personal aesthetic, and that’s fine! The point here has nothing to do with specific design materials and everything to do with thinking about kitchen design in fresh, innovative ways. Soffits don’t have to be hidden; sometimes, the only difference between mundane and masterful is expert approach and vision. Consulting with an expert kitchen designer or kitchen design firm might be the difference between ‘a very nice kitchen’ and a magnificent space for you and your loved ones to enjoy for decades.

Are you inspired by this gorgeous Swarovski crystal kitchen soffit design? How will YOU make your dream kitchen stand out? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

A MUST See Visual Tour of New Miele USA Kitchen Appliances

A MUST See Visual Tour of New Miele USA Kitchen Appliances

Quality. Technology. Craftsmanship. Design. Service. Brand. Miele is world-renowned for its six-point commitment to excellence in appliances. Recently, we got an up close and personal view at Miele’s present and future… and we’re impressed.

Peter Salerno, CMKBD (the owner of our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc.), was treated to a look at some of today’s most innovative and functional appliances, courtesy of our friends at Miele USA. Peter’s guided tour came from the best possible source – Jan Heck, the President and CEO of Miele USA. Jan’s forward-thinking approach to kitchen design and innovation shines through in Miele’s latest offering of kitchen appliances.

One of the best Miele appliances on the guided tour (featured on Peter Salerno Inc.’s official Instagram account) is the touch-to-open Miele refrigerator and freezer. Perfect for transitional and modern clientele, the refrigerator and freezer unit is the perfect blend of form and function for transitional kitchen design in 2019 and 2020.

The video below showcases the innovative “touch to open” appliance, copious interior space, and sleek metallic exterior. The ease of use of this Miele refrigerator and freezer unit is astounding – imagine having an armful of groceries and being able to open your refrigerator with a single touch. Fantastic!

Peter Salerno’s love of excellent wine led his directly to the new Miele wine refrigerator, which Jan Heck presented with great pride. The sheer amount of storage available in a modestly-sized unit is tremendous. Peter describes the Miele wine fridge on Instagram as “everything you need to entertain in one spot!”.

The ease with which owners of this wine refrigerator can slide pull drawers, store bottles and control temperature is first-rate. And the functionality and “hidden treasures” in this wine fridge were wonderful – click the video below and get a peek at the hidden drawer space that’s revealed when this wine fridge’s shelves are pulled out for display!

Recently, we featured a beautiful new Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design, complete with butler’s pantry. A recent update on that design installation showcases some of Miele’s newest appliances housed in the butler’s pantry area. Miele’s ability to offer versatile color presentations of their appliances allowed Peter Salerno to build in gorgeous, all-white Miele appliances into the butler’s pantry space to match the custom cabinetry.

What do YOU think about the new fleet of Miele appliances? Leave a comment below, and be sure to follow Peter Salerno Inc. on Instagram for the latest in world-class custom kitchen design!

Reaching New Design Heights: A Boom Crane Countertop Installation

Reaching New Design Heights: A Boom Crane Countertop Installation

Sometimes, the title of a design article is quite literal. In this case, the team at Peter Salerno Inc. employed a massive boom to install a world-class luxury glass countertop in a high-rise kitchen overlooking Manhattan. The videos must be seen to be believed!

Peter Salerno Inc. is the most award-winning American custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century, with awards from prestigious organizations like the NKBA, Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Signature Kitchens & Baths. For this particular kitchen design, the task was at once simple and complex. The simple part: installing a fabulous kitchen counter from Galaxy Glass & Stone.

The hard part? Getting that luxurious, hand-crafted counter to a high-rise apartment overlooking the gorgeous skyline of Manhattan.

Team members from Peter Salerno Inc. and Galaxy Glass & Stone decided to hoist the countertop using the assistance of a massive boom crane, delicately lifting the counter up the side of the luxury apartment building. From there, the crew carefully brought the counter inside the apartment, and completed the kitchen installation.

The result was well worth the effort. The clients now have a one-of-a-kind conversation piece as the centerpiece of their kitchen design!

The beautiful countertop is laced with metal, then topped with glass for an industrial, transitional look. The counter blends nicely with the custom range hood on the kitchen’s feature wall, and plays well against the rich brown cabinetry, drawers, and kitchen island base.

Peter Salerno’s personal trademarks abound in this kitchen design. From the recessed soffit above the kitchen island to the clean, neutral color scheme, this transitional kitchen provides eye-popping features and design elements that transcend simple trends. It’s important to have a kitchen design that takes current design trends and implements them in a way that becomes timeless.

For more social media updates from Peter Salerno Inc., follow their official Instagram.

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?

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.

Kitchen Range Hood Design Inspiration | Find a Photo You Love

Kitchen Range Hood Design Inspiration | Find a Photo You Love

Custom range hoods are our favorite way to make your kitchen design special. A singular range hood immediately separates your kitchen from the pack, turning a beautiful design into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

For years, our parent company (Peter Salerno Inc.) has worked with RangeCraft, a custom range hood manufacturer that designs “jewelry for the kitchen”.

“A top quality range hood is an essential part of a well-designed high-end kitchen because it will help to protect your cabinetry, flooring, countertops and appliances. RangeCraft Range Hoods are truly a functional work of design art,” explains Ramona Panus, President of RangeCraft. “Walking down an aisle in any appliance showroom, most range hoods on the wall look all the same…how boring!”

We couldn’t agree more with Ramona on all fronts.

Much like Peter Salerno’s ability to make soffits spectacular, RangeCraft has perfected the art of fusing function and beauty. Modern kitchen design isn’t strictly about providing luxury or about world-class functionality. The best kitchen designers (and their design elements) must be able to provide both to their clients.

It’s not enough to have beautiful social media photos, and RangeCraft knows this. Their custom-built range hoods are equipped with extremely quiet fans, bright halogen bulbs, and precise attention to form. Only after their technical prowess has been applied does the beautification process being – exquisite detail, first-class materials and design specs that fit each individual client’s kitchen.

This isn’t all a big ‘fluff piece’. This is simply what we believe the standard ought to be for every kitchen designer and manufacturer in today’s market.

We’ve selected some of our favorite collaborations between Peter Salerno Inc. and RangeCraft, which provide us with constant kitchen design inspiration. We’d love to know which ones you love best!

  • A daring look: Open-back custom range hood, cabinetry behind stove (2nd slide = video)
  • Clean & Sleek: Custom range hood set on Madison Nacar tile
  • An audacious walnut range hood
  • A dreamy rustic tin range hood set back in opulent kitchen

5 Gorgeous Kitchen Designs Featured on Instagram | See Them Here!

5 Gorgeous Kitchen Designs Featured on Instagram

Kitchen Design #1: Transitional “Farm House Industrial” Kitchen

Kitchen Design #2: “Christmas in July” Dark Wood Kitchen

Kitchen Design #3: Jersey Shore La Cornue Kitchen

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That perfect homey feel in a kitchen 👌🏻

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Kitchen Design #4: Dazzling Moscow Transitional Kitchen

Kitchen Design #5: Clean + Sophisticated White Transitional Kitchen

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Curved perimeter 😍

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If you love any of the kitchen designs you see above, visit the designer’s website!