October Home Design: French-Inspired Kitchen and Bath Photos

October Home Design Flashback: French Kitchen & Bath

It’s hard to believe that it’s been three years since our blog first introduced you to a stunning French-inspired kitchen and bath design by Peter Salerno Inc. (the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath designer since 2002). The design trends present in Fall 2016 certainly tell us that everything about this gorgeous kitchen and bath design is still quite relevant – and very much in vogue!

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)

At first blush, one would assume these design photos were taken in a French home. From the rustic, unpolished stone (evocative of the Vence region) to the exposed kitchen ceiling beams and the exquisite white claw foot tub, the design seems lifted from the French countryside.

In reality, these photos (courtesy of photographer Peter Rymwid) are of a home in Princeton, New Jersey. A 2013 visit to the French countryside certainly inspired master designer Peter Salerno and his team along the way, and notable French design elements fill this masterpiece.

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 noted, the exposed rustic stone embedded around the kitchen door frame is reminiscent of the stone work found in France’s Vence region. The hand-painted custom cabinetry draws from the Picardie region.

The bath design (a 2014 Best Bath Design national award winner) incorporates a dramatic arched center ceiling, Maestro Rosolino custom cabinetry, checkerboard tile and a claw foot tub that is a pastoral design lover’s dream.

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

Looking at this design in 2016, it’s astonishing to see how many future design trends and color palettes were predicted by Peter Salerno Inc. Fall 2016 has declared alluring neutrals as “new mainstays” in home design. Tones from Pantone’s Fall 2016 color report like Potter’s Clay and Warm Taupe tie directly into this kitchen and bath design.

Warm Taupe (Pantone 16-1318)Potter's Clay (Pantone 18-1340)

Touches of blue add a fresh, bold accent tone to the kitchen design. Chief among these is (of course) a La Cornue range in French blue, seen in the photo below. The handcrafted center island and custom tin range hood are luxurious, personalized options that help make this French-inspired design unique.

Extensive windows bring in beautiful natural light.
Alternate view of French-inspired kitchen design by Peter Salerno Inc. in Princeton, NJ.

What’s your favorite aspect of this French-inspired kitchen and bath design? Is it the handcrafted cabinetry? The seemingly endless amount of ambient light? The rustic feel of design elements like exposed stone and ceiling beams? The opulence of the bath ceiling, chandelier and wall-to-wall vanity?

We’d love to hear from you – tell us what you love about this design in the comments!

Peter Salerno’s Latest Kitchen: French Inspirations

If you’ve been following our blog in recent weeks, you know all about Peter Salerno’s recent visit to France and the inspiration he’s drawn from beautiful French kitchen design. From the painted kitchens of Oise to the rustic stonework in Vence, Peter’s travels provided a stunning array of diverse, spectacular interior design work.

Now, Peter and his team are proud to present one of their latest kitchen designs, pulling in elements from the finest kitchens in France. We’re proud to present several photos of this Princeton kitchen, of which we’re exceptionally proud.

Note the Vence-inspired stonework in our French kitchen.
Note the Vence-inspired stonework in our French kitchen.
A peek inside Peter Salerno's latest French-inspired kitchen.
A peek inside Peter Salerno’s latest French-inspired kitchen. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Upon entry into the kitchen, you’ll notice the use of custom stonework, an open floor plan and extensive ambient light, all of which are drawn from Vence kitchen design. The light painted cabinets are a feature of the Picardie region. And, of course, what would a beautiful French-inspired kitchen be without an authentic La Cornue oven (below)?

Our French kitchen design features a La Cornue oven (of course!)
Our French kitchen design features a La Cornue oven (of course!) 


Extensive windows bring in beautiful natural light.
Extensive windows bring in beautiful natural light.

In our next post, we’ll focus on our bathroom design for this beautiful home in Princeton, and how we tied in elements of French-inspired design to that space.

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French Kitchen Design Inspirations: Oise (Picardie)

A beautiful painted French kitchen in Oise, Picardie region.
A beautiful painted French kitchen in Oise, Picardie region. (Photo Credit: Frederic-Leon Ducout, 2013 Morgane Production. In Maison Creative. Click to enlarge.)

One of the most beautiful kitchen designs Peter Salerno discovered on his trip to France is a custom blue and white painted kitchen in Oise, a department of the Picardie region of northern France. Located about 19 miles north of Paris, Oise is a beautiful region made up primarily of hills and plateaus, as well as forests and plains, which evoke all the charm and beauty of the French countryside.

With the natural landscape and terrain of the Picardie region in mind, the designer of this kitchen (Sylvie Bisserie, whom you can read more about here) created a light, vibrant kitchen space filled with blues and whites accented with copper kitchenware, utensils and appliances. As the publication Maison Creative explains (translated from French):

“In the kitchen, created entirely by a custom cabinetmaker and painted with light and bright colors, Sylvie chose glazed tiles blue and white tiles that give the space cheer… decorating with rustic utensils and copper kitchen appliances to respond with the red soil creates a beautiful harmony.”

The kitchen space is said to convey “authenticity and conviviality”, an apt description of a lovely space that brought Peter Salerno fresh inspiration to his classic painted kitchen designs.

For more information on this kitchen and others like it, pick up a copy of Maison Creative Hors-Serie No. 2. And as always, for more information about the award-winning kitchen, bath, and custom cabinetry/woodworking designs of Peter Salerno and his staff, visit Peter Salerno Inc.’s official website or their showroom at 511 Goffle Road, Wyckoff, NJ, USA.