Design Flashback | Best Bath Design Award Winner, 2014

Design Flashback | Best Bath Design Award Winner, 2014

During the spring of 2020, we’re taking some time to look back at our favorite designs of the last decade. One such design was honored by Signature Kitchens & Baths Magazine as the top bathroom design of 2014.

Created by our parent company Peter Salerno Inc. (the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm since 2001), this French-inspired design lives in a gorgeous home in Princeton, New Jersey. Drawing inspiration from his trips to Vence and Picardie in the French countryside, Peter Salerno set a luxurious tone in this bathroom with clean neutrals, distinct lines and a stunning ceiling.

Enjoy these exclusive photos of the 2014 Best Bath Design, along with original article content!

Original article content:

Peter Salerno Inc. is experiencing a humbling and rewarding 2014 interior design awards season. First, we were honored with NKBA’s 2014 Best Small Kitchen award, as well as a Top 10 People’s Choice Award from HGTV for the same kitchen design.

Now, Peter Salerno and his team have been honored by Signature Kitchens & Baths Magazine with their prestigious 2014 1st Place, Best Bath Design award. Frequent readers of this blog will remember this stunning bathroom design from Princeton, New Jersey, created from the inspirations Peter took from a visit to the French countryside.

Peter Salerno Inc's 2014 Best Bath award winner. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Peter Salerno Inc’s 2014 Best Bath award winner. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

As was mentioned in the previous article about this gorgeous French-inspired bathroom, Peter Salerno and his team drew from various aspects of classic and contemporary French design. The light painted cabinetry was inspired by the Picardie region of France. Peter also chose the tile to reflect the kitchen’s custom stonework (a staple of design in Vence).

Alternate view of our French-inspired 1st place best bath design winner.
Alternate view of our French-inspired 1st place best bath design winner.

A look to the other region of the bathroom shows a beautiful porcelain tub set between two large windows – once again, to accentuate the copious amount of natural light this home’s location provides. A walk-in shower sits inside the far wall, and fresh linens await the user at every turn. Lastly, the brass fixtures and mounts reflect French design from the Oise region.

Peter Salerno and the entire team at Peter Salerno Inc. in Wyckoff, NJ, are greatly appreciative of this 1st Place, Best Bath award from Signature Kitchens & Baths Magazine – and even more appreciative of the fantastic homeowners who get to enjoy this award-winning bathroom every day!

Interested in consulting with Peter Salerno and his team for your custom bathroom of your very own? Please feel free to visit our website and contact us today!

Warm + Fuzzy Fall 2019 PANTONE Neutrals

Warm + Fuzzy Fall 2019 PANTONE Neutrals

Autumn is right around the corner, and PANTONE is already making us feel all warm and fuzzy.

The generally muted neutral colors in fall seasonal design palettes are nowhere to be found in Autumn 2019. In their place, PANTONE has blended a warm, comfortable array of off-whites and browns that looks like a delicious swirl of ice cream.

PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 Neutral Colors

The PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 collection features some of our favorite off-white tones of the last 5 years. Crème de Pêche and Vanilla Custard dare to come as close to peach and yellow as possible while remaining off-white. Their evocative names are absolutely perfect; the creamy custard of these 2 beautiful, versatile neutral tones allows designers to add a hint of warm color while remaining soft and subtle.

We’ve decided to feature brown tones from both the New York and London PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 collections. The warm, sugary feeling each of them provides is so much fun we couldn’t separate them from one another. The browns in this fall’s color trend report each look like a beautiful, rich finished wood floor.

Hazel (London) and Sugar Almond (New York) are obviously “sister tones” in the two Autumn/Winter 2019 reports. Each is a sweet, nutty brown with an appealing richness, and works in parallels with wood grains and tones splendidly.

If Hazel and Sugar Almond are the nuts, then Rocky Road is the delicious chocolate that surrounds them. Most recent PANTONE seasonal color trend reports have “that” earthy dark brown, and Rocky Road fills the niche beautifully for Autumn 2019. Like Brown Granite (Spring 2019) and Emperador (Spring 2018) before it, Rocky Road is the anchor that ties the PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 collection together.

Paloma endures”, Laurie Pressman of PANTONE remarks about the gray tone that appears in the Autumn/Winter 2019 Classics collection. Paloma is a classic, elegant gray that provides a wonderful complementary shade to virtually every tone in the seasonal report.

So, are you a fan of the Warm Tones of Autumn 2019?

Do you trend towards the Cool Tones of Fall 2019?

Or are you getting all warm and fuzzy with the PANTONE Autumn 2019 Neutrals?

PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 Color Trend Report | Neutral Tones

Crème de Pêche

PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 Creme de Peche

Vanilla Custard

PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 Vanilla Custard

Hazel

PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 Hazel

Sugar Almond

PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 Sugar Almond

Rocky Road

PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 Rocky Road

Paloma

PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 Paloma

5 Ways to Make Neutral Tone Kitchen + Bath Designs POP

5 Ways to Make Neutral Tone Kitchen + Bath Designs POP

How do you stay ‘on trend’ with neutral tone transitional design without leaving your kitchen or bath looking bland and boring?

It’s a question that gets asked at the beginning of virtually every transitional design project. There’s nothing more appealing in 2019 kitchen and bath design than fresh, neutral colors – but how do you turn white, gray and tan into a design space that dazzles?

Done properly, there are plenty of answers. As usual, we turned to the official Instagram account of Peter Salerno Inc. for some inspiration.

We selected 5 options that will provide an instant ‘pop’ for your neutral kitchen or bath design. They generally fall into two categories: 

  1. Eye-catching design materials and accessories; and
  2. Large lighting and/or reflective features.

Of course, nothing replaces the expertise and value of hiring a world-class kitchen and bath design firm. But every design starts in the same place: with a spark of inspiration. So before you undertake your next transitional kitchen or transitional bath design project (or before you call that design firm), we’d love to give you a few ‘starter ideas’ to base your initial design ideas around.

Are you in love with oversized mirrors? Do you love huge, statement pendant lights? Will you experiment with reclaimed tin or earthy stone surfaces?

Here are a few design ideas to get you started!

5 Ways to ‘Pop’ Your Neutral Tone Kitchen or Bath Design

1. Reclaimed Tin + Mirror Design Elements

2. Unique Stone Elements and Archways

3. Oversized Mirrors, Glass Elements + Ambient Light Sources

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4. Large Statement Pendant Lights and Island Lighting

5. Stark Contrast Between Wall Color + Furniture

For more design inspiration from the most award-winning North American kitchen + bath design firm of the 21st century, check out the official Peter Salerno Inc. Instagram.

All White Design: A Winter Bath Design Ideabook

All White Design: A Winter Bath Design Ideabook

All year, the Design Your Lifestyle team has trumpeted the arrival of “statement neutrals” – using neutral tones as primary color elements in your home, kitchen and bath design. With the winter season right around the corner, we turn your attention to the most basic (and wintery) of neutrals – white!

The freshness of pure white and off-white neutrals cannot be ignored. A crisp white finish to your home bath design provides an immediate “pop” of class and distinction, and will never go out of style. Combine these white design features with a well-designed amount of ambient light, and you have a brilliant finish to the statement bath design of your dreams!

The team at Peter Salerno Inc. understands and masterfully utilizes the strength of white in bath design. From traditional to transitional, Peter Salerno and his design team bring the beauty of white to life in their award-winning bath designs. (And when you’ve won more national design awards than any firm in North America since 2002, you’re an expert to trust!)

An all-white Peter Salerno Inc. bath design with cherry island. (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
An all-white Peter Salerno Inc. bath design with cherry island. (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

The Peter Salerno Inc. bath designs featured in this article are prime examples of how to properly utilize white as a “statement neutral” in your bath design. Of course, going “full white” as a color design scheme is generally doomed to fail.

So how does an expert designer like Peter Salerno, CMKBD, utilize such large amounts of white in his award-winning bath designs while still maintaining that “WOW” factor his clients desire? Here are a few tips from a master designer and his team.

Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]
An award-winning white transitional bath design from Peter Salerno Inc.
Even the brightest of bath designs needs contrast. In the Peter Salerno Inc. bath designs featured in this piece, notice the utilization of rich wood grains in the feature cabinetry and islands. We love the gorgeous center cherry wood island in the top bath design, as well as the dark wood grains of the custom cabinetry and tables below. The depth and texture of these darker wood elements only serves to make the delicate whiteness of the tile, paint, claw foot tubs and counters that much brighter.

Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]
A white transitional bath design from Stratta and Peter Salerno Inc. (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
Keep in mind that all the white paint, tile and counter spaces you implement will be augmented by proper use of ambient light. There is always room for statement lighting, but nothing beats the mixture of crisp sunshine off white design elements to make a neutral white tone seem earthy and welcoming.

Like the designs you see here? Want more expert advice from the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm in North America since 2002? Fill out the contact form below!

Pantone Fall 2018 Classic Colors: Kitchen + Bath Design Photos

Pantone Fall 2018 Classic Colors: Kitchen + Bath Design Photos

Sargasso Sea, Quiet Gray, Meerkat, Almond Buff and Tofu. The 5 Classic Colors selected by Pantone for its Fall 2018 collection are steady, sophisticated, and easily incorporated into high-end, smart kitchen design.

Neutral colors have transitioned from complementary shades to statement colors in the last few years, bringing fresh, classic colors to kitchen designs and bath designs. The result has been a steady stream of home design colors that are easy-to-pair, inviting, and comfortable to view.

Our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc., is the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century. As such, we were naturally curious how Peter Salerno and his design team have used these Pantone Fall 2018 Classic Colors in some of their recent kitchen design and bath design projects.

From a French-inspired bath to a brand-new kitchen cabinet installation, a sleek American transitional kitchen to a new kitchen design installation in Russia, Peter Salerno Inc. uses this season’s Pantone Classic Colors to dramatic effect. See for yourself!

1. Sargasso Sea – a sturdy navy blue

Sargasso Sea Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

Butler's pantry and cabinetry design from Peter Salerno Inc., 2018.
Butler’s pantry and cabinetry design from Peter Salerno Inc., 2018.
Butler's pantry and cabinetry design from Peter Salerno Inc., 2018.
Butler’s pantry and cabinetry design from Peter Salerno Inc., 2018.

2. Quiet Gray – a relaxing, comfortable shade

Quiet Gray Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.

3. Meerkat – a punchy, warm neutral

Meerkat Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

 

Peter Salerno Inc's 2014 Best Bath award winner. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
A Peter Salerno Inc. Best Bath award winner. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Alternate view of our French-inspired 1st place best bath design winner.

4. Almond Buff – an easily-paired taupe

Almond Buff Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

Peter Salerno's gorgeous French-inspired Princeton kitchen is in his design portfolio

A Peter Salerno Inc. custom kitchen design, with French inspirations.(Credit Peter Rymwid)
A Peter Salerno Inc. custom kitchen design, with French inspirations.(Credit Peter Rymwid)

5. Tofu – a chic, interesting off-white

Tofu Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

 

A custom RangeCraft range hood dazzles in this Moscow kitchen design by Peter Salerno Inc.

 

Pairing Pantone Spring 2018 Neutrals For Home Design

Pairing Pantone Spring 2018 Neutrals For Home Design

The Pantone Spring 2018 Color Collection has produced some of our favorite neutral tones in years.

Beige, white, off-white and gray are all present in this season’s collection, and each tone (be it classic or contemporary) brings with it a myriad of design pairings and design options. While the needs of home designers are different than those designing for the runway, the Pantone Spring 2018 color palette still serves as a helpful guide and inspiration for home design experts and home owners alike.

From classic gray and white tones to a warm, inviting beige and a blushing off-white stunner, here are 4 of our favorite neutral shades from the Pantone Spring 2018 color collection – and some other Pantone Spring 2018 colors we think pair nicely with each.

Harbor Mist: A Classic Gray Neutral

Sturdy, reliable and not-too-dark, Harbor Mist is a classic gray neutral. It’s a light enough shade of gray to provide a stable anchor for your design without darkening the room. Part of the Classic Colors sub-set of the Pantone Spring 2018 collection, Harbor Mist is most useful with two color palettes in mind: nautical and primary colors. (Think blues, whites, reds, beiges, and yellows).

Pair Harbor Mist With:

 

 

 

 

 

Coconut Milk: A Versatile Off-White Neutral

Coconut Milk is a fantastic slightly off-white neutral that plays directly into the trend of white kitchen designs and living space designs that has dominated 2017 and 2018 home design. We love the idea of pairing it with “woody” browns like Emperador, or bold jewel tones like Arcadia. The best part of designing with Coconut Milk is that it can serve as a ‘blank canvas’ for bolder colors, or the fresh white focus of your design.

Pair Coconut Milk With:

 

 

 

 

 

Almost Mauve: A Blushing Neutral

Almost Mauve is such a sneaky and fun neutral to play with if you like warm tones and pastels. A closer look at its shade reveals a slight blush – but is it rosy? Is it lavender? Whatever the case may be, this beautiful gem of a neutral works well with so many warm and pastel tones… and the Pantone Spring 2018 collection is full of them!

Pair Almost Mauve With:

 

 

 

 

 

Warm Sand: An “Anything But Boring” Beige Neutral

An anchor tone of the Pantone 2018 Classic Colors sub-set of the Spring 2018 collection, Warm Sand is an inviting beige that can bring any number of complementary colors to your design ‘dance floor’. We’re in love with the idea of pairing Warm Sand with shades like Meadowlark and Little Boy Blue – but the best part of Warm Sand is its versatility. Try it with warmer shades like Chili Oil, or why not pair it with another neutral (Coconut Milk is a great choice)?

Pair Warm Sand With:

Six Pantone Spring 2018 Color Combinations for Home Design

Six Pantone Spring 2018 Color Combinations for Home Design

We love the extended Spring 2018 color design palette from Pantone. With 12 intriguing colors in the base Spring 2018 collection and an additional four tones in the Classic Colors addendum, home design experts and hobbyists alike have a myriad of options from which to choose.

Whether you’re a fan of sturdy, nautical colors like Harbor Mist and Sailor Blue; bright, audacious colors like Arcadia and Ultra Violet; or bright pastels like Spring Crocus and Blooming Dahlia, the Pantone Spring 2018 color palette has something for you.

Ultra Violet (18-3838) is the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year.
Ultra Violet (18-3838) is the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year.

Many design experts have weighed in on how to combine these colors for dramatic effect on the runway and in your daily wardrobe. But what about those of you looking to make an immediate impact on your home design, kitchen design or bathroom re-model using the Pantone Spring 2018 collection?

The opportunities and combinations are, as stated above, endless. We at Design Your Lifestyle happen to like six particular color combinations (using 12 of the 16 Spring 2018 colors) when planning a custom kitchen or bath design.

We’ve done our best to include selections from all the sub-sets of the collection, including Bright Tones, Complementary Neutrals, Cool but Powerful Colors, Perfect Pastels, and the Classic Colors collection.

From the light touch of Spring Crocus and Almost Mauve to the warm-toned punch of Blooming Dahlia and Chili Oil, these are six color combinations that can instantly spark your Pantone Spring 2018-inspired home design or re-design.

Which color combination is your favorite? Do you have a different suggestion? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Emperador and Meadowlark

 

 

 

 

Spring Crocus and Almost Mauve

 

 

 

 

 

Lime Punch and Coconut Milk

 

 

 

 

 

Little Boy Blue and Warm Sand

 

 

 

 

 

Harbor Mist and Pink Lavender

 

 

 

 

 

Blooming Dahlia and Chili Oil