Happy New Year From Design Your Lifestyle!

Happy New Year From Design Your Lifestyle!

2017 has come and gone, and what a fabulous year it was for custom home design! From dazzling kitchen designs and bath designs, to color trends from Pantone, to design trends that featured neutrals, metallics and more, 2017 was certainly an eye-catching year for design lovers everywhere.

On behalf of everyone at Design Your Lifestyle – and our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc. – we wish you a safe, blessed and Happy New Year! We certainly predict that 2018 will be every bit as fulfilling and stylish of a design year as 2017 was.

Let’s take a brief look back at this intriguing year in design, and highlight some of 2017’s most popular and interesting trends, designs and style choices.

2017: A Year in Home Design

Pantone Names “Greenery” its 2017 Color of the Year

Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year is Greenery (15-0343).
Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year is Greenery (15-0343).

Neutral Tones Come to the Forefront of Home Design

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

Metallics and Matte Appliances Provide Sleek Kitchen Design

Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design featured by NorthJersey.com. (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design featured by NorthJersey.com. (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

Designer Showhouses: The New Trend in Home Design Displays

The 2017 Designer Showhouse of New Jersey in Saddle River, NJ.
The 2017 Designer Showhouse of New Jersey in Saddle River, NJ.

2017 KBIS: The Finest Industry Showcase of the Year

The Judging Panel from KBIS 2017's Tiny House Design Challenge.
The Judging Panel from KBIS 2017’s Tiny House Design Challenge.
Anthony, Gabrielle and Peter Salerno with Teddwood under a Peter Salerno Inc. design photo.
Anthony, Gabrielle and Peter Salerno with Teddwood under a Peter Salerno Inc. design photo.
The new NKBA Certification Book cover, with Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design photo.
The new NKBA Certification Book cover, with Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design photo.

6 Seasonal Neutral Tones For Your Autumn Design

6 Seasonal Neutral Tones For Your Autumn Design

Autumn is a wonderful time for home design! With Pantone releasing two distinct color palettes for Fall 2017 (New York and London), professional and amateur designers alike have an incredible array of hues to play with in their new design projects.

Neutral tones are the anchor of most great designs. But 2017’s design trends have proven that neutrals can be the feature of your home design color scheme, not just an afterthought!

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of six autumn-inspired seasonal neutral tones that we think work wonderfully in home design palettes. Each color is accompanied by its Pantone color identification number, so sharing it with your design team will be a breeze!

Let’s take a look at 6 seasonal neutral tones for your Autumn 2017 design.

1. Pumpkin Spice

When autumn comes around, it seems like everything turns into Pumpkin Spice. From coffee to candles, muffins to pasta to gum (yes, we’re serious), pumpkin spice has taken over fall. So why shouldn’t it have a place in your autumn design?

2. Oak Buff

We love this color. Oak Buff is a sophisticated tan neutral that provides just enough warmth to draw attention. A Pantone color that emulates light wood grains, Oak Buff is a wonderfully versatile tan neutral that fits in virtually any design scheme you can dream up.

3. Autumn Maple

One of Pantone’s Fall 2017 collection colors, Autumn Maple is a vibrant orange-brown mix that brings to mind beautiful fall foliage. Definitely not your average, sedate brown shade, Autumn Maple brings some spice to the design table.

4. Fall Leaf

If you’re looking for a muted yellow or tan for your home design, Fall Leaf certainly fits the bill. Fall Leaf manages to be a sturdy, complementary neutral without being drab or boring – or worse yet, a shade of yellow that screams more “seasick” than “chic”.

5. Autumn Leaf

If you like a bit more reddish “pop” to your Pantone browns, then Autumn Leaf might be for you. With more than enough rusty red to serve as a primary design color, Autumn Leaf is great for home design that strives to be warm, inviting and cozy.

6. Harvest Gold

If you’re firmly on board with metallics as a design trend, then Harvest Gold is a great option for your next design project. This golden Pantone color manages to provide enough metallic pizzazz without being overbearing or dwarfing the other colors in your design.

6 Alluring Neutrals That Define 2017 Home Design

The 6 Pantone Neutral Colors That Dominate 2017 Design

Greenery might be the Pantone 2017 Color of the Year, and warm natural tones of pink and blue may stretch across the year in design. But in the story of the design year that is 2017, the main characters are all neutrals, and they’re playing for keeps.

Neutral tones have long been thought of as complementary colors – especially in home design palettes. 2017 has proven that taupes, browns, grays and off-whites can be the stars of your color design.

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

This trend doesn’t just apply to solid and conventional colors. Wood, tile, appliance, and muted metallic elements of your home design can also work within the “neutral” palette to great effect. Rather than dominant accent walls with loud colors, 2017 has let the neutral shades do the talking, leaving the brighter tones “pop” in accessories and decor.

With so many neutrals to choose from, which are the right choices for your next home design project? Obviously, we’d suggest turning to a world-renowned custom kitchen design and bath design team for assistance. But if you want a jumping off point, this is the article for you!

Below, you will find a list of the six core neutrals listed by Pantone in their Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 color reports. While great shades like Navy Peony could technically qualify, we’re opting to stay within the traditional definition of neutral colors.

From a myriad of brown and tan shades to one beautifully versatile gray, chances are you’ll find inspiration (and solutions) for your next design project within the six neutral colors on the list. As always, Pantone is an internationally recognized color matching system, so finding these colors virtually anywhere won’t be an issue!

Leave a comment and let us know which neutral tone you love the most!

6 Alluring Neutrals That Define 2017 Home Design (Pantone)

1. Hazelnut (Pantone 14-1315)

2. Butterum (Pantone 16-1341)

3. Neutral Gray (Pantone 17-4402)

4. Otter (Pantone 18-1018)

5. Autumn Maple (Pantone 17-1145)

6. Toast (Pantone 16-1331)

Pantone London Fall 2017 Color Combinations That Sizzle

Pantone London Fall 2017 Color Combinations That Sizzle

As the summer of 2017 winds down, we’ve been taking a look at Pantone’s Fall 2017 color reports. This year, Pantone divided its autumn color reports into London and New York, signifying slight variations in runway and home design trends on each side of the Atlantic Ocean.

You’ve seen the full collection of New York colors for Fall 2017. Now, let’s take a deeper look into the London color report from Pantone for the Fall of 2017.

Which colors are the most versatile? Which are the hardest to potentially work with? And which color combinations – both classic and bold – could be winners in your personal style and/or home design?

Pantone London Fall 2017: The MVP

Navy Peony

What can you say about the only color to appear on BOTH of Pantone’s Fall 2017 color reports (for New York and London)? The most versatile blue we’ve seen in years on Pantone reports, Navy Peony (Pantone 19-4029) can do anything it’s asked.

Need a stabilizing neutral? What about a feature tone in home design, or an anchor shade in your wardrobe? Navy Peony can truly cover it all.

Pantone Navy Peony: Fall 2017 London

Pantone London Fall 2017: The Wild Cards

Copper Tan

We like to think of Copper Tan as less of a “real color” and more of a nod to metallics as a real option in home design. Copper and brass fixtures, appliances, and decor are brilliant additions to your 2017 home design strategy, and Copper Tan (Pantone 16-1338) is Pantone’s nod to that trend.

Pantone Copper Tan: Fall 2017 London

Lemon Curry

Lemon Curry (Pantone 15-0751) is a head-scratcher at first. Staid, conservative designers will instantly avoid the mustard tone as garish or “too unusual”. But Lemon Curry is for the bold, and if properly utilized with a few color combinations (see below), can deliver dramatic results.

Pantone Lemon Curry: Fall 2017 London

Pantone London Fall 2017 Color Combinations: The Classic

Blue Bell and Toast

One of the most versatile color combinations available in Pantone’s London Fall 2017 color palette, the airiness of Blue Bell and the warm sturdiness of Toast combine for brilliant effect in home design, wardrobe, and basically anywhere. Think “blue skies and warm sand” – this color combination will keep your mind “on the beach” as the months get cooler.

Primrose Pink and Otter

A dark brown neutral and a faint blushing pink equal a beautiful blend of colors. Primrose Pink and Otter work brilliantly in fashion and in decor, especially if you’re trying to create an inviting, youthful vibe.

Lemon Curry and Navy Peony

Let this somewhat nautical blend grow on you, and you’ll realize how naturally Lemon Curry and Navy Peony flow together. Perhaps more a wardrobe play than a home design scheme, a mustard-yellow top and classic denim pants make for a head-turning fall 2017 look.

Pantone London Fall 2017 Color Combinations: The Daring

Golden Olive and Royal Lilac

A muted green and a vibrant purple provide a “natural” feel to autumn 2017 design. Golden Olive keeps the trend of “natural greens in 2017” fresh, while Royal Lilac evokes a field of fresh flowers.

Copper Tan and Navy Peony

Don’t think of Copper Tan and Navy Peony as the “only two colors” in a home design. Plant a very muted neutral between these two and watch the possibilities unfold. Utilize the copper tone of brass kitchen fixtures, a custom range hood or copper appliances alongside a steady navy color in cookware, range/oven, and furniture.

Lemon Curry and Flame Scarlet

Not for the faint of heart, Lemon Curry and Flame Scarlet is a color combination reserved for head-turners only! If you want a “va-voom” factor in your fall wardrobe, why not go for broke with this “scarlet and gold” approach? If your sitting room is a basic white or off-white, adding pops of these two colors in your decor will add a bold flare of color.

A Closer Look at Our Featured 2017 Summer Kitchen Design

A Closer Look at Our Featured 2017 Summer Kitchen Design

At Design Your Lifestyle, we’re proud to feature an outstanding kitchen or bath design for each season. Our Summer 2017 featured design (in the header of our page) is a gorgeous transitional kitchen design by Peter Salerno Inc. – the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design of the 21st century.

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

“Farm Meets City Sleek” is a lustrous transitional kitchen that manages to combine rustic charm with uptown chic. One’s first glance at this transitional kitchen design is bathed in white and ambient light, a nod to the recent kitchen design trend where whites and neutrals are used as the primary focus of the overall color design scheme. From the custom Maestro Rosolino cabinetry (a trademark of Peter Salerno Inc. design) to the kitchen island base, this kitchen is adorned with white.

Notes of gray and neutral complement the design, through the custom range hood and counter to the island countertop and wood flooring. One of our favorite aspects of this kitchen design is the the 2×8 mixed metal and glass mosaic backsplash over the range, created by the team at Stratta, the Tile Boutique.

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

Here are some specific details about this gorgeous transitional kitchen design.

Cabinetry: Maple wood painted Tennis White

Perimeter Countertop: Caesar Stone Piatra Grey #5003 1 1/4″ by Stone Surfaces in East Rutherford, NJ

Island Countertop: 1 1/2″ Stainless Steel by EMI Industries in Boonton, NJ

Flooring: Original hardwood flooring from home, no information was given by homeowner

Backsplash over range: 2×8 mixed metal & glass mosaic by Stratta Tile Boutique in Wyckoff, NJ

Sink: Franke MHX710-30 30x21x9

Island Light Fixtures: Exter 16-Jar Pendant by Potterybarn

Appliance Information:
Refrigerator/ Freezer: 48″ Sub-Zero 648 Prog
Gas Range: Wolf #GR606F
Steam Oven: Wolf #CSO24
Wall Oven: Wolf #SO30PE/S/PH
Hood: 60″ Stainless Steel
Dishwasher: Miele Futura Dimensions #G5675SCVI
Microwave: GE #PEM31SFSS with Trim Kit #JX827SFSS
Warming Drawer: 30″ Wolf WWD30
Ice Maker: Sub-Zero UC-15IP

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

NOTE: All photography featured in this article is courtesy of Peter Rymwid, on behalf of the team at Peter Salerno Inc.

Snow Day Home Design Inspirations For 2017

Stay Warm And Enjoy These Snow Day Design Inspirations

We always dream of a white Christmas. Apparently in 2017, we’re getting a white St. Patrick’s Day. What in the world is going on?

A major snowstorm in the middle of March isn’t the ideal situation for many of us (unless you love skiing or getting an unplanned day off!) – but we always like to turn every situation in a positive. So while you have all this extra time cooped up avoiding the snow, let’s make the best of it!

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

After all, whether you like the snow or not, it’s a reflection of a massive home design trend. Whites and neutrals aren’t just complementary colors anymore – they’re the center of attention!

From gorgeous white transitional kitchens full of ambient light to warm neutral tones in living spaces, there are so many ways to utilize whites and neutrals in your home design. Take Pantone’s last several collections of seasonal color palettes as a guide – each of them contained at least one core neutral that not only balanced each collection, but helped define it.

A gorgeous transitional kitchen design from Peter Salerno's TRANSITIONS™ line. (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
Cozy neutrals help keep you warm on a snowy day. (Credit: Peter Salerno Inc. Peter Rymwid photography)

(These Pantone colors – Hazelnut, Warm Taupe, Potter’s Clay and Iced Coffee – are all wonderful options for custom kitchen and bath design, either as an accent color or the “main event”.)

Imagine the custom wine cellar of your dreams. Peter Salerno makes it. (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)
Imagine the custom wine cellar of your dreams. Peter Salerno makes it. (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)

Check out the home design photos above and below and get inspired! After all, 2017 is a year to let nature and natural colors influence your design – so even a massive snowstorm can be used as a positive. If you’d like more information about any of the design photos in this article, fill out the contact form at the end of this article.

Stay warm!

Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]
An award-winning white transitional bath design from Peter Salerno Inc.
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)

Pantone Spring 2017 Color Trends: Kale, Hazelnut [Part 5 of 5]

Pantone Spring 2017 Colors: Kale and Hazelnut Take Us Back to Nature

In the end, it’s all about natural balance. The first 4 parts of our 5-part series on the wonderful Pantone Spring 2017 color design palette brought a bit of everything – from punches of pink, orange and yellow to bright greens and blues. Whether cool or warm, 8 of the 10 Spring 2017 Pantone colors are full of vibrant optimism and life.

Our final two featured colors bring the entire Pantone Spring 2017 color series together. Branching from the “return to nature” theme indicated by Greenery, Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year, our final two featured colors bring natural shades into the palette and balance it perfectly.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Kale and Hazelnut bring us back to nature.
Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Kale and Hazelnut bring us back to nature.

Kale (18-0107 TCX) isn’t just for the salad course anymore. From architectural design to wardrobe, home design to garden design, the kale craze has officially resonated with Pantone for Spring 2017. And the search for the perfect neutral to balance the Pantone Spring 2017 color design palette ends with Hazelnut (14-1315 TCX), a warm taupe that pairs well with virtually any color of the season.

If this is your first look at our 5-part Pantone Spring 2017 series, here is the full list of Spring 2017 Pantone colors, along with their TCX designations and the order in which we will feature them:

Let’s take a look at both colors individually in the final installment of our 5-part series on the Spring 2017 Pantone color collection. 

Kale: A Dark, Leafy Green Full of Design Value

As a darker shade of green, Kale has to be explored to be appreciated. At first glance, it appears to be a drab green-gray – don’t make that mistake. Kale expresses a natural beauty found in plants, forests and gardens. Just as dark green vegetation signals an abundance of nutrients, the dark green of Kale signals a rich variety of design opportunities.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Kale is a dark, leafy green loved by many.
Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Kale is a dark, leafy green loved by many.

Using Kale in your home design is a great way to bring a natural feel into where you live. If you don’t want to work with neutrals, Kale is a great substitute to pair against many of the brighter colors of Spring 2017 (Primrose Yellow, Pale Dogwood and others). It also signals an invitation to bring more plant life into your home, in the form of mosses, ferns and hanging plants.

Hazelnut: The Warm, Nutty Neutral That Balances Spring 2017

While other colors may be more “exciting” in the Spring 2017 collection, none of them pair universally quite like Hazelnut. This “nutty neutral” is an astute selection by Pantone, as its innate warmth works far better with the bright shades of Spring 2017 than most others. From a broader perspective, Hazelnut also continues the trend of intriguing neutrals in design that began late in 2016.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Hazelnut is a warm, nutty neutral that balances the collection.
Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Hazelnut is a warm, nutty neutral that balances the collection.

Put Hazelnut virtually anywhere in your home design. That’s not an overstatement. Neutrals aren’t relegated to a secondary role in home color design anymore, and the natural feel of this shade works beautifully on anything from wall paint to furniture, throws and rugs to bath tile. Sprinkle in some pops of bold, natural color, and you’re guaranteed a custom kitchen or bath design that will last.

Of all the Pantone Spring 2017 colors, Hazelnut has the best chance of creating a lasting effect in wardrobe design. After all, a warm neutral pairs with virtually any color scheme. The reason Hazelnut stands above past Pantone neutral selections (Warm Taupe, Iced Coffee, etc.) is its versatility – the ability to be warm while sitting in the background as a secondary color.