Define Your Kitchen Design With Statement Lighting

Define Your Kitchen Design With Statement Lighting

Light is everywhere. How we use it defines our space, our perception and our outlook.

In today’s finest kitchen designs, light is more than a tool to illuminate beautiful decor. It’s part of the design itself. Smart kitchen design experts understand that properly using light – both ambient and fixed – is a key to providing a truly luxurious kitchen space.

Smart kitchen lighting design can accent desired features of the space, draw focus to seating, highlight cabinetry and reflect beautifully off brushed metallic and glass surfaces.

In the following photos, we’ve highlighted how Peter Salerno Inc. has used statement lighting in recent kitchen designs to create dramatic, highly desirable results. Which do you like best, and why?

Statement Lighting in Kitchen Design Photos

1. Bold, rectangular statement lighting accents a clean, transitional kitchen island as well as the vintage wood beams in the ceiling design.

Peter Salerno Inc.'s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design, 2019.
Peter Salerno Inc.’s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design, 2019.

2. Utilize the same material (and finishes) in your statement lighting to match other kitchen design pieces, like your custom range hood.

Stunning new kitchen design photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
Stunning new kitchen design photos from Peter Salerno Inc.

3. Opulent lighting fixtures pair with recessed ceiling and counter light to create a luxurious glow.

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

4. A series of small, glass-covered island lights spread light throughout this Moscow kitchen design.

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

5. These incredible pendant island lights evoke the imagery of mason jars, and create a warm, comfortable glow in this transitional kitchen.

Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)6. Two large, brushed statement pieces with opaque filters help diffuse electric light, allowing the copious ambient light from outdoors to flow freely in this design. 


Express your personality with statement lights for your kitchen island, one of 2015's hot design trends. (Courtesy Peter Salerno, Peter Rymwid)

7. This kitchen design opts for long, thin island lights to create a more ‘vertical’ design feel.

8. A classic chandelier piece is a central focus of a glamorous ceiling fixture that features a series of hi-hats; opulent sconces are added to match the chandelier.

More beautiful design photography from Peter Salerno Inc. and Peter Rymwid.
More beautiful design photography from Peter Salerno Inc. and Peter Rymwid.

How do YOU use statement lighting pieces in your kitchen design to heighten its effect, its charm and its brilliance? Let us know in the comments!

Clean and Sophisticated: This 2017 White Kitchen Design Is Trendy Yet Timeless

2017 Kitchen Design Photos: Stunning White & Neutral Design

Thank you to the Peter Salerno Inc. Pinterest page for sharing its design photos used in this article. Since 2002, Peter Salerno Inc. is the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm in North America. For more information about Peter Salerno, his company and his custom designs, please call (201) 251-6608.

Our team at “Design Your Lifestyle” has been telling you for months that whites and neutrals CAN be the focal points of your new custom kitchen and bath designs for 2017. Well, consider these new design photos from award-winning designers Peter Salerno Inc. the proof!

Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 new white kitchen design - stunning and trendy.
Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 new white kitchen design – stunning and trendy while using classic colors.

This stunning 2017 kitchen design, aptly named “Clean and Sophisticated”, rests squarely on a palette of radiant white, rich Hazelnut dark neutrals and warm taupes. Of course, it’s easy to see that white dominates the discussion in this kitchen design – from the Maestro Rosolino custom cabinetry to the island countertop, the furniture to the custom range hood, the fireplace mantle to the decor (we love the decorative urns on the island), clean white is everywhere you look.

Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 new white kitchen design - stunning and trendy.
Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 new white kitchen design – note the sleek curve on the custom sink and cabinets.

The freshness of the clean white palette is emphasized by the sheer mass of pure ambient light that radiates in through the large windows. For such a large kitchen design, you’ll note the relatively minimal amount of lighting fixtures (two statement island lighting fixtures, some recessed lighting in the ceiling, a lamp and a chandelier). With the colossal trio of windows above the custom sink, countertop and cabinetry, this kitchen design will always see plenty of daylight.

Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 new white kitchen design - stunning and trendy.
Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 new white kitchen design – extended view including gorgeous ceiling design.

The Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design extends into a lounge area, complete with fireplace and cozy, dark-neutral sectional sofa. We love the unique features of this lounge area, especially the use of a dark accent taupe on the fireplace wall. This “flips” the color scheme of the room at one end, by making two large white wall prints the accent instead of the feature. The fireplace mantle is smartly adorned with several statement pieces, and the outside patio door adds even more floor-to-ceiling ambient light to the room.

Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 new white kitchen design - stunning and trendy.
Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 new white kitchen design – fireplace and lounge view featuring dark neutrals.

With one final look at this gorgeous 2017 kitchen design, we notice the large custom hutch near the kitchen seating area. Also worth noting is the deep, rich tone of the kitchen island, and the light wood grain of the floor which mirrors the light taupe of the ceiling and pulls the entire kitchen design together.

Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design, 2017 design trends
Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 new white kitchen design – one final look at this “timeless yet trendy” kitchen.

Check Out Design New Jersey’s New Peter Salerno Inc. Article!

Check Out Design New Jersey’s New Peter Salerno Inc. Article!

Peter Salerno Inc. NJ Design Featured in Magazine

A new article in the latest issue of Design New Jersey Magazine features a gorgeous re-design of a Peter Salerno Inc. custom kitchen design in Saddle River, New Jersey.

The article, titled “All About Scale”, chronicles Peter Salerno’s assignment to re-design a New Jersey kitchen he had installed 16 years ago. The task was an interesting challenge, as Peter had the opportunity to update one of his own custom kitchen designs from earlier in his career.

Peter Salerno Inc.'s new 2015 feature in Design New Jersey magazine. (Credits: Design NJ, Mary Vinnedge, Peter Rymwid)
Peter Salerno Inc.’s new 2015 feature in Design New Jersey magazine. (Credits: Design NJ, Mary Vinnedge, Peter Rymwid)

One of the challenges presented in the re-design was a request for more usable space. As the piece notes, “The new kitchen has 8- and 9-foot islands topped with 2-inch thick white Danby marble.” The homeowner, who valued more island space for the kitchen in the new design, was highly pleased with the design update offered by Peter and his team.

A highlight of the new kitchen design is the stunning statement lighting above the dual islands, which captures the eye immediately upon entry. The fixture is accented further by the gorgeous unadorned white which covers much of the kitchen design, as well as the coffered ceiling above it. A gorgeous twin stove and range are topped by an appealing, massive range hood. Ample cabinet space is found everywhere one looks in the re-designed kitchen.

The finishing touch of this open plan, fresh kitchen design is the large outside window, which casts copious amounts of light throughout the room, giving it a peaceful glow and a scenic view from over the counter and sink.

The article (written by Mary Vinnedge with photos by Peter Rymwid) appears in the latest issue of Design New Jersey magazine, the pre-eminent interior design magazine for homeowners and designers in and around the New Jersey area. The issue is available for purchase now.

2015 Kitchen Design Trend: Statement Lights For Your Kitchen Island

2015 Kitchen Design Trend: Statement Lights For Your Kitchen Island

Accent Your Kitchen Island With Statement Lights

While it’s important for your kitchen design to be timeless, capitalizing on current kitchen design trends is a great way to incorporate fresh ideas into your kitchen – be it traditional or transitional, classic or contemporary.

Express your personality with statement lights for your kitchen island, one of 2015's hot design trends. (Courtesy Peter Salerno, Peter Rymwid)
Express your personality with statement lights for your kitchen island, one of 2015’s hot design trends. (Courtesy Peter Salerno, Peter Rymwid)

Peter Salerno Inc. is the most award-winning custom kitchen design company in North America over the last 15 years. Peter Salerno and his team have maintained this level of excellence by joining master craftsmanship and timeless design elements with the hottest kitchen design trends.

As Peter Salerno Inc.’s motto says, “It’s all about the extraordinary”.

2015’s Hottest Kitchen Design Trend: Kitchen Island Statement Lighting

So what’s extraordinary in 2015 kitchen design trends? One of the hottest trends is statement lights over your kitchen island. If you have a flair for bold, stylish design that makes an instant impact, statement lights are a great way to be eye-popping without going overboard.

Express your personality with statement lights for your kitchen island, one of 2015's hot design trends. (Courtesy Peter Salerno, Peter Rymwid)
Express your personality with statement lights for your kitchen island, one of 2015’s hot design trends. (Courtesy Peter Salerno, Peter Rymwid)

Peter Salerno’s favorite aspect of this trend is that statement lights can reflect your personality so easily. Unlike design elements that are “too trendy” (that come and go with the times too easily), statement lighting in your kitchen is a direct reflection of who you are and your personal sense of style.

Do you like your statements sleek and understated? Pendant lighting over a kitchen island exudes class, brightness and sophistication. Urban dwellers may choose an industrial chandelier, while wine lovers may opt for glass bottles or re-purpose decanters or demijohns as lighting fixtures.

Try new things, like these cool demijohn lights for wine lovers (Courtesy Eclectically Vintage)
Try new things, like these cool demijohn lights for wine lovers (Courtesy Eclectically Vintage)

Whatever your choice, be true to your personal sense of style! If you need assistance, you can always rely on the expertise of an award-winning, NKBA-certified master kitchen designer like Peter Salerno to add the perfect statement lighting elements to your kitchen island.

Want more information about how to incorporate the perfect lighting and design elements into your new or existing kitchen design? Contact Peter Salerno Inc. by calling (201) 251-6608, or fill out the contact form below!