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:
Eye-catching design materials and accessories; and
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
All Green Everything | A Pantone-Inspired Guide to Green Tones in 2019 Design
Green is not going anywhere.
Green design is less of a ‘trend’ and more of a movement. The cultural shift towards ‘green design’ began with environmentally conscious ideals and eco-friendly materials, in an effort to create more sustainable living spaces without sacrificing quality.
But as with any shift in design focus, the movement towards ‘green design’ spread past its original boundaries. Over the last 24 months, the phrase ‘going green’ not only applies to sustainable home design – it applies to home design color palettes as well.
Two full years after Greenery was named Pantone 2017 Color of the Year, green tones still permeate the color design landscape (and seasonal Pantone color palettes). Evoking natural imagery, pairing beautifully with indoor plants, and providing a generally strong complement to neutral, brown and white tones, green has gone from a home design afterthought to a first choice for many kitchen and bath designers.
The variety of green tones selected by Pantone over the last 2 years is rich. Deep greens like Terrarium Moss and Kale are adjacent to brown neutrals. Blue-green shades like Arcadia and Quetzal Green are almost oceanic, with an emerald-sapphire jewel tone. Pepper Stem and Greenery are classic shades of green that provide balance to fresh design palettes. (And if you’re living on the wild side, there’s always a tone like Lime Punch for you!)
Which green shades are right for your kitchen design or bath design? Which fit well into the overall color palettes presented by Pantone over the last five seasonal design collections?
Here are the green tones presented in Pantone’s seasonal color collections from Spring 2017 through Spring 2019.
Green Tones in Pantone Seasonal Color Collections: Spring 2017 – Spring 2019
Terrarium Moss (Pantone Spring 2019 Color Collection)
Pepper Stem (Pantone Spring 2019 Color Collection)
Quetzal Green (Pantone Fall 2018 Color Collection)
Lime Punch (Pantone Spring 2018 Color Collection)
Arcadia (Pantone Spring 2018 Color Collection)
Kale (Pantone Spring 2017 Color Collection)
Greenery (Pantone 2017 Color of the Year; Spring 2017 Color Collection)
Which of these seven shades of Pantone green is your favorite? Which one are you most likely to incorporate into a kitchen design or bath design? Leave your thoughts in the comments section!
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.)
“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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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)!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 isthe 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
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
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.
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
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!