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.

Our Stylish Weekend Getaway | Springtime in Washington, DC

Our Stylish Weekend Getaway | Springtime in Washington, DC

You can daydream about seeing the spring cherry blossoms in Washington, DC – but there’s nothing quite like seeing them in person.

Washington, DC, is a remarkable place to visit any time of year. Springtime in America’s capital, however, is particularly gorgeous. Pops of white and pink dot the landscape of Washington in March and early April, adding a sense of renewal and wonder to the landscape.

Springtime in Washington, DC; cherry blossoms in America's capital.
Springtime in Washington, DC; cherry blossoms in America’s capital.

Peak bloom time for cherry blossoms in the Washington, DC, area is generally late March into the first week of April. Tracy and Peter Salerno (of Peter Salerno Inc.) chose the first weekend in April 2019 to enjoy the occasion, and the resulting photos of the cherry blossoms, U.S. Capitol building, and Mount Vernon (among others) are just a taste of the beauty the Salernos experienced.

Cherry blossom season in Washington, DC, has become a bona fide event in the city, with the annual Cherry Blossom Festival drawing 1.5 million visitors over a 4 week span. There’s even an official Cherry Blossom Watch online for you to check the bloom season, upload and share cherry blossom photos, and plan your spring trip to Washington, DC.

A gorgeous view of cherry blossoms along the Potomac River in spring.
A gorgeous view of cherry blossoms along the Potomac River in spring.

The tradition of cherry blossoms in Washington, DC, dates back to 1912 and a partnership between Japan and the United States. The first cherry trees were planted on March 27, 1912, in West Potomac Park. The first official Cherry Blossom Festival was held in 1934, and the tradition has (quite literally) blossomed into the most beautiful annual spring event in the United States.

Whether it’s the mythical story of George Washington chopping down the cherry tree, the trees’ symbolism of America’s relationship with Japan, or simply the beauty of white and pink blossoms dotting America’s capital, the draw of the National Cherry Blossom Festival cannot be overstated.

Cherry blossoms in front of the Washington Monument.
Cherry blossoms in front of the Washington Monument.

Tracy and Peter Salerno’s visit to Washington, DC, featured a sunrise cherry blossom photography session around the U.S. Capitol, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument. The Salernos also took a day trip to Mount Vernon, which offered a glance back into American history and gorgeous views of the Potomac River.

Tracy and Peter Salerno at Mount Vernon in spring.
Tracy and Peter Salerno at Mount Vernon in spring.
The bank of the Potomac River at Mount Vernon.
The bank of the Potomac River at Mount Vernon.

If you truly want the prime Washington cherry blossom experience, it’s important to keep track of peak bloom times on an annual basis. While the National Cherry Blossom Festival takes place for 4 weeks, the peak bloom time is a much shorter window. Make sure to consult Cherry Blossom Watch for all the yearly details, and take advantage of an early morning (or two) to get the best photo opportunities of these gorgeous blossoms in the light of sunrise.

We promise you will leave Washington, DC, feeling inspired and fresh – and ready to create vivid design masterpieces of your very own. 

Tracy and Peter Salerno in Washington, DC, during the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
Tracy and Peter Salerno in Washington, DC, during the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Pantone’s Spring 2019 Warm Tones | Spice Up Your Home Design

Pantone’s Spring 2019 Warm Tones | Spice Up Your Home Design

This spring, why not dare to add a little spice to your home design?

If you’re looking for ‘permission’ to heat up your home’s color palette, look no further than Pantone, the world’s foremost authority on color intelligence. The Pantone Spring 2019 color collection is the most audacious Spring palette in years. Led by Living Coral – the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year – the warm tones in the Spring 2019 collection are approachable, festive and begging to be utilized in your designs.

Pantone Spring 2019 warm tones add spice to home design.

As convivial as the Pantone Spring 2019 palette may be, it’s not like hot pinks and oranges are simple to implement into home design – especially in the kitchen and bath. You can take that information in one of two ways – it can either be a signal to stay away, or a challenge to see what you can do! (To be clear: BOTH approaches are just fine by us. We happen to think that a cooler color from this collection may be the breakout color in 2019 kitchen design – click here to find out which one!)

It’s much simpler to lean on the neutrals, blues and greens in the Spring 2019 Pantone collection for design purposes; sometimes, the simple choice is the proper one for your home. But if you’re feeling a little spicy, there are definitely ways to incorporate some of the hotter tones of Spring 2019 into your kitchen, bath and home decor.

Here’s a look at four of our favorite warm tones from the Pantone Spring 2019 color collection, and how you can utilize them to add a ‘kick’ to your home design!

Pantone Spring 2019 Warm Tones + Home Design

1. Living Coral

Living Coral, Pantone Spring 2019 color

The Pantone 2019 Color of the Year didn’t get that honor by accident. Living Coral is far more complementary than it appears, with its upbeat vibe and natural underwater presence. Living Coral pairs beautifully with most light neutrals, a nice variety of blues, and (sparingly) with other red tones.

Living Coral (Pantone 16-1546) provides a great punch of color without overwhelming the senses. Try it on accent walls, in tile, stemware and dishware, and virtually any decor. This especially holds true if you’re looking for a fresh new splash for a beach home, condo or house in a warmer climate.

2. Aspen Gold

Aspen Gold, Pantone Spring 2019 color

A bit ‘safer’ than some of the other Pantone Spring 2019 warm tones, Aspen Gold is a warm color with a lot of versatility. An eye-catching shade of yellow, Aspen Gold blends beautifully with off-white, cream, taupe and brown neutrals – perfect for those of you looking to take advantage of trends like neutral-based kitchen designs and exposed vintage wood beams.

If you want to warm up your home design but don’t feel like taking a plunge into extremely bold territory, Aspen Gold is a smart choice.

3. Fiesta

Fiesta, Pantone Spring 2019 color

Fiesta may be too hot for some, but those with a deft color design touch can hit a home run with this punchy red. We’re not sure if you want to ‘lead’ with Fiesta, but it can make a spicy dance partner as a complementary shade in neutrally-dominated color schemes.

If your kitchen, bath or living space is too ‘flat’ (maybe you’ve gone TOO neutral with your color choices thus far?), then Fiesta can pack a massive punch in minimal doses. You don’t need to do a lot with Fiesta; apply sparingly, and let one of the hottest colors of Spring 2019 do the talking.

 

4. Mango Mojito

Mango Mojito, Pantone Spring 2019 color

If you’re looking for a tangy color to start an immediate conversation, Mango Mojito might be the one for you. You’ll want to think outside the box with this orange tone – if all you’re going to do is use Mango Mojito in throws, pillows and other predictable accessories, why bother? If you’re going to “go Mango”, you might as well go for broke!

Be imaginative, and come up with a fan way that Mango Mojito can work for you! Can you incorporate it into your bath tile, backsplash or floor tile? Is it a spicy choice for the base of your kitchen island? Perhaps you’ll give your dinner dishware a ‘southwest flair’. The possibilities – if approached intelligently – can reap a massive design reward.

We want to hear from YOU! Which warm tone from the Pantone Spring 2019 color collection is YOUR choice as a home design star? Leave a comment!

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.)

Kitchen + Bath Designs Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day 2019!

Go Green With Your Designs On St. Patrick’s Day 2019!

Any day is a good day to “green” your living space – but if you need a festive excuse, look no further than St. Patrick’s Day! The most famous of Irish holidays, St. Patrick’s Day is a wonderful time to get inspired by the green shades, tones and design elements that are trending in 2019.

We’re sure you’re expecting the usual fare in this article – shamrocks, green throw pillows and drapes, etc. Fear not – we’re bringing you something different!

What are the Pantone Spring 2019 green colors? How can you incorporate fresh greens and florals in a new and interesting way in your kitchen design? This article will help you answer those questions.

Of course, we should already be “going green” with as many design choices as possible, in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint and become more environmentally conscious. So in terms of this St. Patrick’s Day, we’re taking the idea of “going green” a bit more literally.

Green isn’t the simplest color choice to use in a kitchen or bath design in 2019. With color design trending more and more towards neutral and white tones, it’s often hard to find a place for green as more than a complementary color. But is that really a problem? Utilized properly, a complementary green tone in your design can create quite the impression.

Let’s take a look at the official Pantone green tones of Spring 2019, and a few “outside the box” design ideas to add a splash of green this spring.

The Pantone Green Colors of Spring 2019

Terrarium Moss

Deep, earthy and rich, Terrarium Moss is a steady dark green Pantone color that pairs nicely with light neutrals, earth tones and blues.

Terrarium Moss, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Pepper Stem

Pepper Stem is a lively, inviting Pantone green that works beautifully in designs that feature plenty of ambient light, whites and off-whites, and plant and floral elements.

Pepper Stem, Pantone 17-0542

St. Patrick’s Day 2019 “Outside the Box” Design Inspirations

1. Use deep greens to add a luxurious tone to wood-heavy designs.

Dark green decor adds a luxurious touch to rich wood features in this sitting room from Peter Salerno Inc.
Dark green decor adds a luxurious touch to rich wood features in this sitting room from Peter Salerno Inc.

2. Fresh greens, foliage and florals bring even more sunshine into a bright kitchen design.

Touches of greenery and florals freshen up an already bright kitchen.
Touches of greenery and florals freshen up an already bright kitchen.

3. In 2019, vegetables can be utilized as design elements (before ripe/ready to eat, of course!)

Use fresh vegetables as design elements in your kitchen before they're ready to eat.
Use fresh vegetables as design elements in your kitchen before they’re ready to eat.

Why the BEST Kitchen Designs Feature Custom Range Hoods

Custom Range Hoods: A Must-Have In Beautiful Kitchen Designs

If you’re re-designing your kitchen or updating your kitchen design, a custom range hood is something you must consider.

With custom kitchen design taking center stage in home design, a statement piece is vital to creating the “wow factor” that sets your kitchen apart. So why do we believe a custom range hood is THAT statement piece? Let’s look at the trends in kitchen design to find out.

You’re probably not making a massive statement in kitchen design with color. Neutral tones, whites and grays are dominating the transitional kitchen color palette. The same goes for backsplash and wall tile, which are trending heavily towards popular, neutrally-based tones of subway tile. But it’s still possible to stand out in a chic, sleek transitional kitchen without using an outlandish color scheme…

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.

Would you just look at that stunning custom range hood? The range hood was designed by RangeCraft USA, and utilized in a transitional kitchen design by Peter Salerno Inc. (RangeCraft’s design was requested halfway around the world, by kitchen design clients in Moscow!)

Custom range hoods are often considered “too DIY” or “too opulent” to be utilized in transitional kitchen design. That’s simply not true. Master craftsmen like those at RangeCraft consistently produce beautiful, unique, to-order custom range hoods for transitional kitchens that are as sleek as they are efficient and useful. (Check out the one below!)

Custom range hoods can feature well in beautiful transitional kitchen designs, like this one from Peter Salerno Inc.
Custom range hoods can feature well in beautiful transitional kitchen designs, like this one from Peter Salerno Inc.

That’s not to say that custom range hoods in today’s best kitchen designs can’t fit into opulent, luxury traditional kitchen designs. The example below (in an award-winning Peter Salerno Inc. traditional kitchen) uses reclaimed tin to dramatic effect. After all, it takes a lot to be a focal point in a kitchen that features a hand-carved mirrored ceiling, massive twin kitchen islands, crystal chandelier and custom handcrafted “Maestro Rosolino” cabinetry. And yet, the reclaimed tin (which is duplicated on the front of the kitchen’s refrigerator) does just that.

An ornate RangeCraft reclaimed tin range hood is the centerpiece of this award-winning kitchen design.
An ornate RangeCraft reclaimed tin range hood is the centerpiece of this award-winning kitchen design.

Of course, a quality custom range hood is about function as much as form. If your range hood isn’t performing at an exceptional level, then it doesn’t matter how beautiful yours is – you risk exposure to harmful smoke and vapors. As the official RangeCraft website explains, the marriage of form and function is the trademark of the world’s best range hoods:

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. The Jewel of the Kitchen, it also removes unwanted cooking smoke and vapors quickly and quietly. (RangeCraft offers super quiet internal fans that are less noisy than a quiet refrigerator.) Many customers choose a RangeCraft Hood first and then design their cabinetry and accessories around the hood as the focal point.

The 2017 Designer ShowHouse of NJ team, in front of a gorgeous reclaimed tin custom range hood.
The 2017 Designer ShowHouse of NJ team, in front of a gorgeous reclaimed tin custom range hood.

What do you look for in a custom kitchen design? Is a custom range hood on your “wish list”? Why or why not?We’d love to hear from you with a comment or your insight – leave some feedback below and we’ll be thrilled to interact with you!

A masterfully crafted RangeCraft custom range hood, featured in Peter Salerno Inc.'s Miele showroom vignette.
A masterfully crafted RangeCraft custom range hood, featured in Peter Salerno Inc.’s Miele showroom vignette.