2019’s Most Beautiful Kitchen Ceiling Soffit Designs

2019’s Most Beautiful Kitchen Ceiling Soffit Designs

“Soffits are boxy. Soffits are meant to be functional, not fashionable.” We’ve heard it all before. And none of it is true.

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.

“When our clients say go bigger,” Peter Salerno recently remarked on Instagram, “we go sky high!”

Making your kitchen soffits dazzle takes a bit of ingenuity, vision and daring. But when executed properly, soffits can go from simple to showpieces and elevate the luxury of your kitchen.

Let’s take a look at some of our favorite kitchen ceiling soffits of 2019 and talk about why we love them!

Awesome Kitchen Soffit Ideas + Designs

1. Swarovski Crystal, Reclaimed Tin + Statement Lighting

“The cherry on top of an amazing kitchen” is how Peter Salerno describes this soffit. This hexagonal soffit is framed with white and glitters with thousands of Swarovski crystals. Recessed lighting inside the ceiling feature and twin crystal chandeliers create a dazzling sparkle, turning this kitchen soffit into the centerpiece of the design.

2. Dark Wood Border + Large Pendant Lighting

One of Peter Salerno Inc.’s favorite locations for a statement kitchen soffit is over the kitchen island. The intricate craftsmanship on the dark-stained wood border is a visual tie-in to the custom range hood on the far wall. Once again, recessed lighting accents the tin ceiling panels in the soffit. The piece is finished off with large, bold pendant lighting that illuminates the entire kitchen design.

3. Sleek + Simple Brushed Tin Ceiling Soffit

Evocative of classic “drop tin ceilings”, this simple and elegant soffit features a square of 9 brushed tin ‘panels’, bordered by a beautiful scalloped design. Clean white wood borders the feature, with two understated lighting pieces hanging like bubbles underneath the tin.

What are some of your favorite design ideas for kitchen soffits? We’d love to hear them in the comments section below!

How Does A Rusty Car Inspire a Beautiful Transitional Kitchen Design?

How Does A Rusty Car Inspire a Beautiful Transitional Kitchen Design?

Peter Salerno was handed a photograph of an abandoned, rusty car by a kitchen design client. “Use this as inspiration,” he was told.

And so he did.

A look at the latest kitchen design feature in Gallery New Jersey Luxury Homes and Estates.
A look at the latest kitchen design feature in Gallery New Jersey Luxury Homes and Estates.

The resulting transitional kitchen design is equal parts rustic and modern, audacious and beautiful. From its unorthodox color scheme to its unexpected materials, statement lighting pieces to state-of-the-art appliances, the team at Peter Salerno Inc. turned a rusty car into a Bentley of a kitchen.

Let’s break this beautiful kitchen design down, piece by piece.

The Custom Range Hood + Cabinetry

The metal work on the custom range hood and cabinetry is actually naturally rusted – and protected, of course. The metal artist hired by Peter Salerno Inc. to construct these pieces kick-started the process before letting the metal rust naturally over the course of several months. Once the aging process began, the metal was treated with acid, painted, and lacquered to create the eye-popping patina you see. The metal was then exposed to a blow torch to complete the finished product.

The Unexpected Materials and Colors

Look closely under the surface of the kitchen table and orange-colored panels, and you’ll discover a material you’d never expect. Rice paper was utilized to create added texture throughout the kitchen design to match the patina on the range hood and cabinets. The counters are a unique, beautiful Blue Louise Granite, which pairs nicely with the orange tone of the center panels on the wall unit.

The Extra ‘Perks’ of a Peter Salerno Inc. Kitchen

From the asymmetric form of the metallic statement lighting pieces to the eclectic wall art, unique ‘perks’ abound in this transitional kitchen design. We absolutely love the lighting pieces, which are reminiscent of old car fenders.

On our first glance of this kitchen design, we immediately recognized the La Cornue Flamberge rotisserie, one of the finest rotisserie units on the market today. We love the utility and function of the deep basin sink, the side cooking unit on the kitchen island, and the ‘tucked-away’ nature of the refrigerator, which blends seamlessly into the wall unit.

What’s YOUR favorite aspect of this kitchen design? Let us know in the comments below!

2019 Kitchen Design Trend: Statement Lights For Your Kitchen Island

2019 Kitchen Design Trend: Statement Lights For Your Kitchen Island

Accent Your Kitchen Island With Statement Lights

While it’s important for your kitchen design to be timeless, capitalizing on current kitchen design trends is a great way to incorporate fresh ideas into your kitchen – be it traditional or transitional, classic or contemporary.

Express your personality with statement lights for your kitchen island, one of 2015's hot design trends. (Courtesy Peter Salerno, Peter Rymwid)
Express your personality with statement lights for your kitchen island, one of 2019’s hot design trends. (Courtesy Peter Salerno, Peter Rymwid)

Peter Salerno Inc. is the most award-winning custom kitchen design company in North America over the last 20 years. Peter Salerno and his team have maintained this level of excellence by joining master craftsmanship and timeless design elements with the hottest kitchen design trends.

As Peter Salerno Inc.’s motto says, “It’s all about the extraordinary”.

2019 Kitchen Design Trend: Kitchen Island Statement Lighting

So what’s extraordinary in 2019 kitchen design trends? One of the hottest trends is statement lights over your kitchen island. If you have a flair for bold, stylish design that makes an instant impact, statement lights are a great way to be eye-popping without going overboard.

Express your personality with statement lights for your kitchen island, one of 2015's hot design trends. (Courtesy Peter Salerno, Peter Rymwid)
Express your personality with statement lights for your kitchen island, one of 2019’s hot design trends. (Courtesy Peter Salerno, Peter Rymwid)

Peter Salerno’s favorite aspect of this trend is that statement lights can reflect your personality so easily. Unlike design elements that are “too trendy” (that come and go with the times too easily), statement lighting in your kitchen is a direct reflection of who you are and your personal sense of style.

Do you like your statements sleek and understated? Pendant lighting over a kitchen island exudes class, brightness and sophistication. Urban dwellers may choose an industrial chandelier, while wine lovers may opt for glass bottles or re-purpose decanters or demijohns as lighting fixtures.

Try new things, like these cool demijohn lights for wine lovers (Courtesy Eclectically Vintage)
Try new things, like these cool demijohn lights for wine lovers (Courtesy Eclectically Vintage)

Whatever your choice, be true to your personal sense of style! If you need assistance, you can always rely on the expertise of an award-winning, NKBA-certified master kitchen designer like Peter Salerno to add the perfect statement lighting elements to your kitchen island.

Want more information about how to incorporate the perfect lighting and design elements into your new or existing kitchen design? Contact Peter Salerno Inc. by calling (201) 251-6608, or fill out the contact form below!

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Gorgeous Custom Grilles Add Luxury to Cabinetry + Kitchen Design Spaces

Gorgeous Custom Grilles Add Luxury to Cabinetry + Kitchen Design Spaces

Making your kitchen design and cabinetry stand out from the pack is tough. Whether traditional or transitional, so many kitchens end up looking highly comparable to others. So how do you make your design unique? What can you do to separate your kitchen (and kitchen cabinets) from the rest?

The answer: custom design elements.

We’re always looking for custom elements that will help design clients own a kitchen that looks like no other. In the past, we’ve shown you fully customizable La Cornue ranges and appliances, reclaimed tin range hoods from Route 66, and even a motorized bar crafted out of a ’59 Corvette.

Now, we’re excited to introduce you to our latest find: a line of custom grilles crafted out of gorgeous, versatile materials.

These custom grilles are crafted in the United Kingdom, and available in a myriad of metals and finishes. From polished to satin finishes, nickel to brass, and a wide array of colors and tones, these grilles aren’t a “one size fits all” affair.

The beautiful rosette features on many of the grilles are eye-catching. For a more transitional look, considering matching the color and finish of your grille – satin nickel grilles and rosettes, for example. A more traditional, elegant approach would be to match polished nickel grilles with brass rosettes (like the Instagram post above).

We love the tight mesh backing on these custom grilles, which add a great deal of stability. The opportunities to use these grilles on cabinetry, There’s plenty of space to play with the size and spacing of the large diamond pattern, depending on how much design space you’re looking to cover.

What do YOU think about these custom grilles? How would you utilize them in your design? Do you like how they look on cabinetry? Are you more intrigued by mixed finishes and colors, or a more streamlined approach? Leave us a comment!

Food Inspires Design | 5 WordPress Food Blogs We Follow + Love

Food Inspires Design | 5 WordPress Food Blogs We Follow + Love

The best kitchen designs are inspired by the food created within them.

Food is a muse for master chefs, avid home cooks and hobbyists alike – but it’s also an inspiration for kitchen design experts the world over. Peter Salerno (owner of Peter Salerno Inc., our parent company) is not only an award-winning international custom kitchen designer, but an avid cook and food connoisseur. (Peter’s first cookbook, complete with expert wine pairings, is due out later in 2019.)

Peter Salerno's pumpkin fettucine with creamy sausage sauce.
Peter Salerno’s pumpkin fettucine with creamy sausage sauce.

“It’s important for a kitchen to be as functional as it is luxurious,” Peter explained to us in a recent meeting. “If its owners don’t get a fantastic cooking experience out of their kitchen, then who cares how beautiful it is?”

In order to stay inspired by food, we keep a close eye on some of WordPress’ finest food, recipe and cooking sites. Some are well-traveled, while some are wonderful hidden gems in the deep and varied ocean of food blogs and online recipe collections.

5 WordPress Food Blogs We Follow + Love

Polenta & Baccala

Oh, how we love this gem of a website. Polenta & Baccala (stylized polenta e baccala) is an invitation to cook with Graziano, who creates authentic Italian recipes coupled with marvelous photography and detailed preparation instruction. Besides the rich content and beautiful photography, the blog is presented on a visually stimulating layout.

There’s no guesswork needed with the recipes at Polenta & Baccala. From preview to preparation, creation to consumption, Graziano provides the perfect “map” to all his dishes to cooks of any experience level. Couple this with Graziano’s photography expertise and his very real credentials (a native northern Italian now living in Hungary), and we promise you’ll be spending plenty of time perusing polenta e baccala for recipes and food inspiration.

Homemade mozzarella from Peter Salerno's kitchen.
Homemade mozzarella from Peter Salerno’s kitchen.

Cooking With a Wallflower

It’s important to remember that self-expression comes in all forms. While the statement one can make with food is loud, often the person preparing these artistically resounding meals is quite introverted. Such is the case with Cooking With a Wallflower, a charming (and delicious) blog run by Andrea, a dental hygienist with a passion for food.

We enjoy Andrea’s perspective on food, and creating a fulfilling work-life balance between her occupation and her passion for cuisine. Cooking With a Wallflower offers a highly pleasing blend of recipes and life experiences, which reminds us that the heart and soul of every kitchen is the person who uses it.

In Diane’s Kitchen

In Diane’s Kitchen is so appealing because it’s so real. Recipes are constructed with real life in mind. “What to do with those holiday leftovers?” “How can I make that recipe I saw on TV with the modest kitchen accessories I own?” Diane brings these answers to the table, crafting simple recipes that often provide amazing “bang for the buck” in terms of great rewards with minimal effort and/or skill required.

Websites like In Diane’s Kitchen help keep kitchen inspiration rooted in reality, which is an important aspect of any designer’s process. Like Diane’s recipes, a good kitchen designer knows that ease of use and simple application are of incredible importance in our daily lives.

Peter Salerno's homemade black pepper pappardelle.
Peter Salerno’s homemade black pepper pappardelle.

Foods That Blog

Sometimes, you just want to stare at some pictures of delicious food. For food photography that looks good enough to eat, we turn to Foods That Blog – a place we consider to be source material not only for food trends and food photography, but also design inspiration!

The richness and variety of color and texture in Foods That Blog’s photography can serve as a muse for holistic kitchen design. It’s also helpful to observe what styles and preparations of food are on the rise, as these dishes help signal trends in kitchen appliances and overall kitchen setup.

Cooking Without Limits

Food Photography & Recipes. A simple tagline for a simple, effective blog. Cooking Without Limits pairs a minimalist layout with simple, clean photography and to-the-point recipes to create a user-friendly experience. We love how conversational Cooking Without Limits is; each recipe is an invitation into this cook’s personal kitchen, experiences and tastes.  Every recipe comes with a story, and we love that – after all, your kitchen is where so many of your life’s stories are created!

What is YOUR favorite recipe, cuisine, or food photography blog or website? Leave a link in the comments and tell us why!

Glass Cabinetry | Open Your Kitchen Design Space

Glass Cabinetry | Open Your Kitchen Design Space

Current kitchen design focuses on clean, fresh colors, a healthy dose of light, and a sense of ‘open space’ – even in tight quarters. How do today’s best designers maximize the space available in each new kitchen, and make even small kitchens seem larger than the space they occupy?

For many, glass cabinetry is the answer. Simple glass panels on the front of kitchen cabinets allow for greater, more varied applications of light, as well as ‘open up’ the design space. Glass cabinets can feature beautiful dishware, stemware and accessories, as well as provide a needed ‘break’ for the eye in a stretch of closed-off cabinet space.

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

Used in intelligent doses, glass provides wonderful reflection of ambient light sources, as well as the opportunity to add more light to your kitchen design. Glass panels open up the front of your cabinets, allowing interior and recessed lighting within the cabinets themselves to radiate out into the kitchen design space. The result is a brighter kitchen without going overboard on accent lighting and island lighting (or using an overbearing quantity of high hats).

In the white transitional kitchen pictured below, placing glass cabinets both adjacent to the large window features and the far design wall allows natural light to reflect beautifully throughout the space, allowing the large kitchen to be well-lit with a minimal amount of ceiling fixtures.

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

Glass cabinets can also create an elegant effect, like the ones seen below in Peter Salerno Inc.’s award-winning showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey. The glass cabinetry features gorgeous blue plates and glassware to match the La Cornue range, rotisserie and chandeliers. Recessed lighting within the cabinets adds a luxurious glow to the kitchen, and mirrors the accent lighting inside the recessed Swarovski crystal ceiling feature.

Larissa Taboryski of Purcell Murray and La Cornue hosts a cooking class at Peter Salerno Inc.'s showroom.
Glass cabinetry in the La Cornue feature of Peter Salerno Inc.’s showroom.

The addition of glass cabinet faces helps open up the walls in the transitional design below. High-hat recessed lighting is placed around the ceiling’s perimeter to utilize these glass surfaces in carrying their light around the kitchen space. These tall, vertical glass cabinets help elongate the room, and provide pleasant breaks of the flat gray wall spaces for the eye to enjoy. The transparent cabinets also play nicely against the reclaimed tin on the recessed ceiling and the twin refrigerator doors.

This Jupiter, FL kitchen utilizes glass cabinets to open the design space.
This Jupiter, FL kitchen utilizes glass cabinets to open the design space.

Glass cabinetry also helps add depth to more ornate kitchen designs (like the one seen below). The mirrored ceiling only augments the traditional curved cabinetry on either side of the range, with recessed cabinet lighting to highlight the gorgeous dishware stored inside. The additional depth created by the glass cabinetry blends seamlessly with the twin archways into the dining room and hall on either side of the kitchen, helping add perceived length to the space.

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

Making the simple choice to use glass on your kitchen cabinets reaps tremendous benefits. It allows the owner to display dish and stemware, while adding additional light to the design space through the use of recessed cabinet lighting. It reflects both ambient light and lighting fixtures, adding a layer of brightness to the entire kitchen. Glass cabinetry also provides a ‘break’ for the eye along a flat design wall, as well as a point of focus to break up long rows of closed-off cabinetry.

What’s your take on glass cabinetry? Do you utilize it in your designs? Is it an idea you’re playing with for your next kitchen design or renovation? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Glass cabinetry helps your kitchen design feel fresh, open and bright.
Glass cabinetry helps your kitchen design feel fresh, open and bright.

Today’s Trending Kitchen Design Features on Instagram

Today’s Trending Kitchen Design Features on Instagram

Instagram has become THE must-watch social media platform for designers and design enthusiasts. Kitchen design inspiration is everywhere on Instagram – but which posts are “on trend”, and which are simply filler content?

Here are 5 kitchen design trends we’ve identified in recent Instagram posts (courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc.’s Instagram account) that we think you NEED to watch.

1. Chevron Tile (with creative materials)

Chevron tile is starting to make a challenge to classic subway tile in today’s trending kitchen backsplash designs. If you’re going with a chevron pattern, take the extra step of using bold, eye-catching materials. The use of turquoise as a feature design material in the chevron tile pattern below turns a yawner into a real winner!

 

2. Quartz and Quartzite… as Kitchen Islands!

Yes, quartz is a true contender to the marble throne when it comes to kitchen countertops… but who knew it could be utilized as the main material for a kitchen island base? This quartz island base features cabinet cutouts and a simple white countertop, drawing attention to the island itself rather than the top. This is a bold choice that we love (and that we’re following closely)!

3. Statement Sinks and Sink Basins

This proposed sink basin (from Peter Salerno Inc.) is a jaw-dropping statement piece. Much like the quartz island base above, the real trend here is making statements with the often ‘forgotten’ elements in your kitchen or bath design. Instead of focusing all your effort on the counter, the backsplash, or other ‘expected’ design areas, why not stand apart from the crowd by featuring a unique design piece like this sink?

4. 3-D Renderings: A MUST from Design Consultants and Firms

If your design consultant or design team aren’t offering high-quality 3-D renderings of their design proposals, you simply aren’t getting the experience you deserve from today’s design industry. Custom 3-D renderings of your future kitchen design have gone from ‘luxury’ to ‘necessity’, and you owe it to yourself to see your design space as a finished product before work in your home even begins.

5. Using Kitchen Seating to Continue Design Patterns

The geometric square pattern on the back of these chairs allow the designer to weave the kitchen’s overall theme through its island counter seating. The ability to continue patterns and themes through kitchen seating helps tie in the overall design aesthetic and keep your kitchen cohesive.