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.

Pantone’s Spring 2019 Warm Tones | Spice Up Your Home Design

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.

Pantone Spring 2019 warm tones add spice to home design.

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 is the 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

Living Coral, Pantone Spring 2019 color

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

Aspen Gold, Pantone Spring 2019 color

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.

3. Fiesta

Fiesta, Pantone Spring 2019 color

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

Mango Mojito, Pantone Spring 2019 color

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!

Kitchen + Bath Designs Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day 2019!

Go Green With Your Designs On St. Patrick’s Day 2019!

Any day is a good day to “green” your living space – but if you need a festive excuse, look no further than St. Patrick’s Day! The most famous of Irish holidays, St. Patrick’s Day is a wonderful time to get inspired by the green shades, tones and design elements that are trending in 2019.

We’re sure you’re expecting the usual fare in this article – shamrocks, green throw pillows and drapes, etc. Fear not – we’re bringing you something different!

What are the Pantone Spring 2019 green colors? How can you incorporate fresh greens and florals in a new and interesting way in your kitchen design? This article will help you answer those questions.

Of course, we should already be “going green” with as many design choices as possible, in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint and become more environmentally conscious. So in terms of this St. Patrick’s Day, we’re taking the idea of “going green” a bit more literally.

Green isn’t the simplest color choice to use in a kitchen or bath design in 2019. With color design trending more and more towards neutral and white tones, it’s often hard to find a place for green as more than a complementary color. But is that really a problem? Utilized properly, a complementary green tone in your design can create quite the impression.

Let’s take a look at the official Pantone green tones of Spring 2019, and a few “outside the box” design ideas to add a splash of green this spring.

The Pantone Green Colors of Spring 2019

Terrarium Moss

Deep, earthy and rich, Terrarium Moss is a steady dark green Pantone color that pairs nicely with light neutrals, earth tones and blues.

Terrarium Moss, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Pepper Stem

Pepper Stem is a lively, inviting Pantone green that works beautifully in designs that feature plenty of ambient light, whites and off-whites, and plant and floral elements.

Pepper Stem, Pantone 17-0542

St. Patrick’s Day 2019 “Outside the Box” Design Inspirations

1. Use deep greens to add a luxurious tone to wood-heavy designs.

Dark green decor adds a luxurious touch to rich wood features in this sitting room from Peter Salerno Inc.
Dark green decor adds a luxurious touch to rich wood features in this sitting room from Peter Salerno Inc.

2. Fresh greens, foliage and florals bring even more sunshine into a bright kitchen design.

Touches of greenery and florals freshen up an already bright kitchen.
Touches of greenery and florals freshen up an already bright kitchen.

3. In 2019, vegetables can be utilized as design elements (before ripe/ready to eat, of course!)

Use fresh vegetables as design elements in your kitchen before they're ready to eat.
Use fresh vegetables as design elements in your kitchen before they’re ready to eat.

7 Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palettes to Inspire You

7 Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palettes to Inspire You

We’ve shown you the 16 shades in Pantone’s Spring 2019 Fashion Color Trend Report – now let’s start putting them to use!

Our task is slightly different from other design and style publications; we’re looking at the Spring 2019 Pantone colors in terms of home design. After all, color design isn’t limited to what you wear and the decor around you. It’s in the walls of your home, the flooring and tile, the large furniture pieces, and the largest elements in your kitchen and bath design.

If you aren’t thinking about color from the very beginning of your design concept, you should be.

VOTE ON YOUR FAVORITE PANTONE SPRING 2019 PALETTE AT THE END OF THIS ARTICLE!

In order to jump start you with some design inspiration, we’ve created seven color palettes based on the Pantone Spring 2019 color report. Some are audacious, bold and daring; others are more traditional, rooted in neutrals and earth tones. Whether once or multiple times, we’ve utilized all 16 colors in the Spring 2019 collection in these palettes.

Do you prefer a “pop” of Spring 2019 color to lead your design, like Living Coral, Mango Mojito or Princess Blue? Or will you opt for a neutral as your leading lady, like Sweet Corn or Toffee?

Enjoy these 7 color palettes from the Pantone Spring 2019 color collection – then scroll to the bottom and vote on your favorite!

7 Color Palettes Based on the Pantone Spring 2019 Color Collection

The Living Coral Palette: Warm and Rooted in Classic Colors

Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Living Coral
Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Living Coral

The Soybean Palette: An Earth-Tone Selection with a Floral Undertone

Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Soybean
Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Soybean

The Mango Mojito Palette: Spicy, Sharp and Eye-Catching

Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Mango Mojito
Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Mango Mojito

The Sweet Corn Palette: Classic Neutrals and Natural Earth Tones

Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Sweet Corn
Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Sweet Corn

The Princess Blue Palette: Audacious, Unshrinking and Crisp

Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Princess Blue
Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Princess Blue

The Sweet Lilac Palette: Calm and Inviting with a Splash of Blue

Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Sweet Lilac
Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Sweet Lilac

The Toffee Palette: Neutrals Complemented by Extroverted Reds

Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Toffee
Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Toffee

Vote here on your favorite Pantone Spring 2019 color palette!

Bold Optimism | The Complete Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette

Bold Optimism | The Complete Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette

Bold Optimism: The full Pantone Spring 2019 color palette and our reactions.
Bold Optimism: The full Pantone Spring 2019 color palette and our reactions.

It feels like kismet. 

For years, we’ve been devoted followers of Pantone, the world’s foremost color matching system. Pantone’s staff diligently forecasts color trends, palettes and seasonal color projections for the design industry – from industrial design to textiles, from the runway to home design, Pantone helps guide the ship of international design from season to season.

When we first saw the Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report for Spring 2019, two things made us feel like the universe was speaking to us:

  1. It’s our favorite color palette of the last five years; and
  2. The Report was written by Laurie Pressman… who is a recent client of Peter Salerno Inc., our parent company (and the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design firm since 2000).

We can’t stress enough – we had no idea of the connection until a recent meeting with Peter Salerno and his staff. Needless to say, we’re more compelled than ever to gush over the Pantone Spring 2019 color palette and Fashion Color Trend Report.

Led by the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year, Living Coral, this collection is all about a sunny disposition. (Living Coral itself has been described as “a big hug”.) But the optimism and inviting nature conveyed by the Pantone Spring 2019 color palette doesn’t stop at Living Coral. This season’s collection is at once a love letter to the recent past and a bright statement on the future; a melange of trends past and present that leaves us feeling very good about the 2019 year in design.

An avid Pantone follower’s first glimpse at the Spring 2019 collection brings one comment: “Wow, this is a warmer collection than typical springs!” (And we love it.) While past Spring color palettes have kept warm colors somewhat muted – focusing on pastels and blushing shades – the Pantone Spring 2019 report projects some hot, hot shades. There’s nothing shrinking about colors like Turmeric, Fiesta and Aspen Gold. Pink Peacock, in particular, is turning heads on the runway, in textiles, and in industrial design.

The nod towards 2017 Color of the Year Greenery and other earth tones is quite evident – see the green tones Pepper Stem and Terrarium Moss. Staying with the theme of earth tones, perhaps the least “eye-catching” of the collection may prove the most versatile and useful in home design in 2019. Brown Granite is a dusky, dark neutral that we instantly fell in love with, with its notes of coffee and dark-grain wood.

Joining Brown Granite in the 4-tone Spring 2019 Neutrals portion of the color palette are 2 inviting off-whites, Soybean and Sweet Corn, and a rather enticing dark blue named Eclipse.

Here’s a look at the entire Pantone Spring 2019 color collection, from the Fashion Color Trend Report by Laurie Pressman.

Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report: The Bold, Optimistic Spring 2019 Color Palette

Living Coral – Pantone 16-1546, Pantone 2019 Color of the Year

Living Coral, Pantone 16-1546, Pantone Color of the Year

Turmeric – Pantone 15-1264

Turmeric, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Pepper Stem – Pantone 17-0542

Pepper Stem, Pantone 17-0542

Princess Blue – Pantone 19-4150

Princess Blue, Pantone 19-4150

Aspen Gold – Pantone 13-0850

Aspen Gold, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Mango Mojito – Pantone 15-0960

Mango Mojito, Pantone 15-0960

Fiesta – Pantone 17-1564

Fiesta, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Sweet Lilac – Pantone 14-2808

Sweet Lilac, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Pink Peacock – Pantone 18-2045

Pink Peacock, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Jester Red – Pantone 19-1862

Jester Red, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Toffee – Pantone 18-1031

Toffee, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Brown Granite – Pantone 19-0805

Brown Granite, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Terrarium Moss – Pantone 18-0416

Terrarium Moss, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Eclipse – Pantone 19-3810

Eclipse, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Soybean – Pantone 13-0919

Soybean, Pantone 03-0919

Sweet Corn – Pantone 11-0106

Sweet Corn, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Which color(s) from the Pantone Spring 2019 Fashion Color Trend Report palette is your favorite? Which will provide the greatest impact on kitchen design, bath design and whole home design in 2019?

Sound off in the comments below; we’d love to hear from you!

Pantone Promises a Bright, Colorful 2019: A Sneak Peek at Spring Colors

Pantone Promises a Bright, Colorful 2019: A Sneak Peek at Spring Colors

My goodness, do we love the Pantone Spring 2019 color collection. Bright, colorful and cheerful, Pantone’s selections for spring (and summer) 2019 signal warmth, optimism, and the invitation to be good to others.

Pantone Spring 2019 colors are bright and beautiful.
Pantone Spring 2019 colors are bright and beautiful.

Led by the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year, Living Coral, this collection is all about a sunny disposition. (Living Coral itself has been described as “a big hug”.) The entire Pantone Spring 2019 collection consists of 12 core colors and a neutral palette, but we’ve narrowed our ‘sneak peek’ down to our 5 favorites.

We attempted to provide a cross-section of warm, cool and neutral tones that all bring something unique to the table – especially in terms of their utility in kitchen design and bath design. Enjoy!

Our Favorite Pantone Spring 2019 Colors: A Sneak Peek

1. Living Coral (Pantone 2019 Color of the Year)
We’ve already covered Living Coral, the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year. This reddish-orange tone reminds us (of course) of ocean coral, but also of the brightest peach in a farmer’s market. Rich, crisp and forward, Living Coral is an energetic boost to the 2019 color palette.

Living Coral, Pantone 16-1546, Pantone Color of the Year

2. Mango Mojito (Pantone 15-0960)

Mango Mojito is the perfect marriage of spicy orange and bright yellow. The result is a color that’s not “too hot” for kitchen design. Used sparingly, Mango Mojito instantly livens up any room’s decor, accessories and wall color schemes.

Mango Mojito, Pantone 15-0960

3. Princess Blue (Pantone 19-4150)

Princess Blue is strong. And that’s a wonderful thing. Perfect as a ‘leading’ shade in vivid color schemes, nautical themes, and paired with cool neutrals, Princess Blue is a bold, beautiful winner.

Princess Blue, Pantone 19-4150

4. Pepper Stem (Pantone 17-0542)

An energetic green, Pepper Stem follows in the footsteps of Greenery, the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year. We love the leafy, natural feel of Pepper Stem. It’s a “garden” green; use it in areas where you plan to incorporate floral arrangements, succulents, hanging plants or neutral browns.

Pepper Stem, Pantone 17-0542

5. Soybean (Pantone 13-0919)

Our Pantone Spring 2019 Neutrals selection, Soybean, is the warmest neutral you’re going to find. We’re instantly attracted to Soybean’s rich, creamy tone, and how complimentary it can be in almost any color scheme imaginable for your kitchen design or bath design. Use Soybean to ‘warm up’ cooler blues and greens, or as a neutral that’s bold enough to match hot colors.

Soybean, Pantone 03-0919

Which of these five Pantone Spring 2019 colors is YOUR favorite? Let us know in the comments below – let’s start a conversation!

Cinco De Mayo Colors: An Official Pantone Color Guide

Cinco De Mayo Colors: An Official Pantone Color Guide

Cinco De Mayo is more than just a big party – although a great excuse to fiesta is always welcome! For Mexicans, Mexican-Americans and people of Mexican heritage worldwide, Cinco De Mayo is a day of national pride, honor and triumph. This article will help you celebrate Cinco De Mayo in proper style!

Cinco De Mayo literally means “May 5th” in Spanish. It’s a celebration of the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory at the Battle of Puebla over the heavily-favored French Empire in 1862 – of course, the battle took place on May 5th. On that day, the French forces outnumbered Mexicans by double, but the Mexicans prevailed and established a sense of national pride and unity that had been lost in previous conflicts.

While not exactly an “Independence Day”, Cinco De Mayo is a celebration and recognition of Mexican pride, spirit, and bravery in the face of adversity. Outside Mexico, the holiday is used to promote Mexican culture, customs, food and music throughout the world, and is especially popular in the United States, Canada and Japan.

As you might expect, the colors closely associated with Cinco de Mayo are the official colors of the Mexican flag: red, white and green. But what are the official colors of the flag of Mexico?

Leave it to Design Your Lifestyle – color design aficionados that we are – to provide you with the answer!

Pantone, the world’s foremost authority of color design, has designated the official colors of many of the world’s flags, including Mexico’s. Through the use of the Pantone Color Matching System (CMS), there are uniform names and codes for virtually every color imaginable – including the three primary colors in the Mexican flag.

So when you celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year, do it properly – and use these three Pantone shades of red, white and green for your Cinco de Mayo fiesta!

Official Pantone Colors of Cinco de Mayo

Red (Pantone 186)

(Hex Value: C8102E)Cinco de Mayo Official Pantone Red

Green (Pantone 3425)

(Hex Value: 006341)

Cinco de Mayo Official Pantone Green

White

(Hex Value: FFFFFF)Cinco de Mayo Official Pantone White