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!

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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Beautiful Home Bar Design + Wine Cellar | Must-See Design Photos

Beautiful Home Bar Design + Wine Cellar | Must-See Design Photos

Oh, my goodness.

Perhaps that’s not the most eloquent lead we’ve ever written at Design Your Lifestyle. That’s okay. We’ll let the design photos from this home bar and wine cellar tell the story.

This home bar and wine cellar design (by our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc.) sits on the first floor of a gorgeous home. Looking out from behind the bar, your eye takes you through a spacious open floor plan through a dining area and directly into the kitchen. The open flow of the design space is perfect for entertaining guests, making conversation and eye contact from kitchen to dining to the bar area seamless.

The bar design itself features stellar lighting effects in the open cabinetry and kitchen island. A rich blue tone emanates from behind opaque glass in the kitchen island, giving the bar space a beautiful glow at any time of day. The blue color effect is duplicated in the twin bar cabinet areas on either side of the center feature wall, drawing the eye to the liquor selection behind the bar.

The bar itself is as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional. The stainless counter space houses a bar sink, tap, and dual preparation surfaces. The island also houses a refrigeration unit, seven drawers and storage areas, and elegant dark-stained wood construction. The bar’s front has seating for four in cozy cream-colored chairs.

Need a glass of wine? The wine cellar is only steps away, recessed in the left wall of the dining and bar area. (Seriously. It’s right there.) The glass-front wine cellar sits back from the wall, encased by beautiful exposed brick. The vertical wine storage, central space for bottled liquors, and recessed wall space for custom art make this first-floor wine cellar an instant conversation piece and the show-stealer of this design.

Daytime area lighting is provided by large picture windows on either side of the bar. Ambient light streams in and catches the white bar feature wall and ornate white ceiling, allowing it to radiate throughout the open floor plan. At night, a smart assortment of high-hat recessed ceiling lighting complements the recessed blue light of the bar island and cabinetry.

This home bar and wine cellar is a host’s dream – stunning transitional design with an open floor concept, unique light sources, high-quality materials and unexpected aesthetic features. But enough about our opinion – what do YOU think?

Leave us a comment and tell us your reaction to this home bar and wine cellar design!

(Photos and posts courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc. on Instagram.)

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.

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!

HGTV’s Must-See Spring Color Trends For 2017

HGTV Delivers Spring 2017 Color Trends and Advice

One of our go-to articles for Spring 2017 lifestyle and design is courtesy of HGTV’s Chelsey Bowen. Her piece, “Must-See Spring Color Trends”, is a practical-yet-stunning guide to freshening up the colors that define your home design.

The moment Pantone revealed its Spring 2017 official color palette, it was clear we were in for a bright, natural and vibrant year in color design. From natural tones like Greenery, Kale and Hazelnut to eye-popping tones like Pink Yarrow and Flame, Pantone made it clear that spring most certainly “sprung” in 2017 design trends.

What we love about Chelsey Bowen’s HGTV article regarding spring color trends is that every one of her tips is applicable to a real living space. All too often, fashion and home designers create motifs and designs that just don’t have much real-world application. Chelsey takes great care to ensure that all her Spring 2017 color and design tips can (and will) work in virtually any home of any size and budget.

These 8 HGTV tips for smart spring home design range from powerful blocks of color to intelligent use of neutral tones, and from luxurious and opulent to sleek and simple.

Here are just a few of our favorite trends spotted by Chelsey Bowen and the team at HGTV. For the full list (and photo gallery), head over to the full article on HGTV’s website.

Spring 2017 Color Trend #1: “Classic Meets Chic”

“Liven up traditional design with the hottest spring colors,” Chelsey Bowen suggests, and we couldn’t agree more. Traditional kitchen design (like the one pictured from Peter Salerno Inc.’s Tesoro collection) never goes out of style – in fact, a traditional design is a smart choice for long-term home owners.

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

To give that traditional kitchen a new “pop” for spring, try utilizing the “it colors” of the season. In this example, Peter Salerno and his team use a Provence blue La Cornue range (much like Pantone’s Niagara) as the central focus for a kitchen design and couples that with the light blue shade on the island base. The design also uses pops of Hazelnut in the backsplash and fresh greens and vegetables to add yellows and reds to the aesthetic.

Spring 2017 Color Trend #2: “Luxurious Surroundings”

Chelsey’s take on “luxurious surroundings” includes keeping the palette “light and airy”, a nod to the natural, outdoorsy feel of this season’s Pantone colors. Light blues and yellows, tidy neutrals and plenty of ambient light help create an air of class, distinction and elegance to your home design.

Add fresh colors to your kitchen design for Summer 2016!
Peter Salerno Inc. award-winning custom kitchen design.

This kitchen design uses a touch of summery yellow wallpaper and recessed interior cabinet lighting (along with dimmed island lighting and a dining room chandelier) to create a warm, amber touch of elegance and class. The rest of the design is kept stately and distinct with bright, clean whites and warm neutral wood tones, and the open floor plan allows for plenty of ambient light.

Spring 2017 Color Trend #3: “Modern Take on Neutral”

With all the eye-catching color adorning Spring 2017 designs, neutrals must play a role to keep balance. Unlike the past, however, “neutral” is no longer synonymous with “boring” or “old-fashioned”. Rather, the proper use of intriguing neutrals and brilliant whites can work wonders in a modern design setting.

Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

For example, this gorgeous transitional kitchen design manages to convey modernity while being almost entirely comprised of white and taupe/brown neutrals. The trick, as designer Peter Salerno Inc. explained to “Design Your Lifestyle”, is all in being creative while maintaining a natural flow. We adore the statement island lighting (Exter 16-jar pendants from Pottery Barn), and the slightly out-sized unique stainless steel island countertop (1 1/2″ Stainless Steel by EMI Industries in Boonton, NJ).

Halloween 2016 Style: Halloween Home Decor With Class

Halloween 2016 Home Decor With Class and Style

Halloween decor is a blast! Spiderwebs, pumpkins, witch’s cauldrons, ghosts and goblins – Halloween provides a great opportunity to turn your home into a spooky fun house for friends and guests of all ages.

The only problem with most Halloween decor is its lasting power – or lack thereof. Once November rolls around, there isn’t much charm to having spiderwebs hanging off your chandeliers. And your Thanksgiving dinner guests probably won’t be too fond of ladling their cocktails out of a wrought-iron cauldron on your kitchen island.

So for Halloween 2016, we’re taking a different approach to your Halloween holiday decor. Rather than pouring your hard-earned money into decorations that last a week, why not incorporate a “Halloween vibe” into your actual home and kitchen design?

We’re not saying to paint your kitchen burnt orange and install all black cabinetry, of course. But let’s think beyond the traditional Halloween fare! Here are some fun home decor tips that can be easily incorporated into a fall (and Halloween) motif, courtesy of award-winning master kitchen and bath designer Peter Salerno Inc.

Neutral Tones + Dark Statement Lighting

The home kitchen design pictured below is decked out for a winter party, but can’t you just picture it full of Halloween decorations? The visual transition is simple, thanks to a masterful touch on a neutral color scheme adorned with dark statement lighting and custom cabinetry.

It’s hard to make neutral “pop”, but Peter Salerno Inc. uses a deft touch to make it happen in this kitchen design. Notice the well-lit backsplash behind the range? That splash of brightness (along with the white kitchen island countertop) adds enough light and life to this neutral design to make it festive.

Peter Salerno Inc. home kitchen design, Photo credit Peter Rymwid
Peter Salerno Inc. home kitchen design, Photo credit Peter Rymwid

Smoked Mirrors + Dark Wood Grains

One could say the best part of Halloween festivities is the “smoke and mirrors” illusion of a great trick. Aptly, smoked glass and smoked mirrors are becoming a major part of transitional kitchen design heading into 2017, and make a great addition to a kitchen design update in your home.

The dark tint of the glass plays perfectly with darker wood grains and tile designs, while keeping the reflective nature that “expands” your kitchen visually. Plus, when Halloween comes around, how cool will that smoked glass feature look in your spooky home party design?

Bergen Magazine Fall 2016 edition, featuring Peter Salerno Inc. transitional kitchen design photos.
Peter Salerno Inc. transitional kitchen design, smoked glass and dark island and wood grains.

Stone Design Elements + Fireplaces

This early design photo (taken during installation) shows how large stone design elements can be featured – especially when properly bordered. Notice the neutral tone of the wall paint, bordered by white trim. The dark wood cabinetry helps “pop” the light gray stone of the fireplace and chimney.

Think about how amazing this stone fireplace and chimney feature would look as the centerpiece of your home Halloween party design! This is the perfect example of investing in a long-lasting design element for your home, rather than draining your resources into seasonal investments. This stone feature can easily figure into Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and other major holiday festivities.

A beautiful stone fireplace and custom cabinetry from Peter Salerno Inc.
A beautiful stone fireplace and custom cabinetry from Peter Salerno Inc.

Dark Wood + Vintage Furniture

Just look at this Peter Salerno Inc. designed “man cave”. Seriously. It’s beautiful. Aesthetic appeal aside, it’s also a classic example of how vintage furniture and dark wood tones create a gorgeous parlor scene straight out of a murder mystery dinner (or “Clue: The Movie”!).

Dark wood grains, dimmed sconces and neutral tones: a "man cave" to dream about from Peter Salerno Inc.
Dark wood grains, dimmed sconces and neutral tones: a “man cave” to dream about from Peter Salerno Inc.

The recessed dull red ceiling features interlaced with dark ceiling beams create a bold, stately tone. The roaring fire sits in the center of a magnificent custom cabinetry piece (designed by Peter Salerno Inc.’s Maestro Rosolino line). The vintage furniture adds to the rustic allure of this sitting room, particularly the bold blue-green leather couch in the center of the room.

Go-To Pantone Colors For Halloween and Fall

Check out some of Pantone’s most popular colors from 2014-2016, many of which lend themselves perfectly to fall decor and Halloween decorations. The 2014 Pantone Color of the Year, Tangerine Tango, is a spicy red-orange shade that brings a “punch” to your wardrobe or party decor.

Pantone’s Fall 2016 color palette includes Sharkskin and Dusty Cedar, two colors that can easily bring out the Halloween spirit with rich gray and smoky red hues. And for an “anytime” design color that truly shines in the fall, Harvest Pumpkin is a fantastic option for a warm, orange-brown shade.

Tangerine Tango Pantone Color of the Year 2014, Halloween party colors

Sharkskin - Pantone Fall 2016 color report Harvest Pumpkin Pantone color, Halloween party colors Dusty Cedar - Pantone Fall 2016 color report