Creating a Cook’s Kitchen

June 30th, 2020

For many of us, “stay at home” has evolved into “what’s cooking?” Everyone’s baking bread, trying new recipes and getting creative with all the forgotten ingredients at the back of the pantry. It’s a great time to think about making your kitchen experience better with upgrades that can create a real cook’s kitchen Read More...

Six Trends in Kitchen Design

March 17th, 2020

< As the most popular place in a home, kitchens  are always top of mind when it comes to what’s trending.  For  2020, it looks like neutral colors and engineered quartz will reign in kitchen remodels.  That’s according to the 2020 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study.  The study identified six of the most popular style and design preferences from among homeowner’s who had recently given their kitchens a new look Read More...

For Builders, Small is Big

March 3rd, 2020

Trends in home building are beginning to change as custom and production builders move away from the notion that bigger is better, turning instead to smaller, more efficient homes. This is just one of the 2020 trends highlighted in a recent Builder online article presenting the view of builders, remodelers, building material manufacturers and market watchers Read More...

Would You Consider an Open Bathroom?

December 24th, 2019

Sal Paone Builders is always happy to work with our community home buyers to customize floor plans and amenities.  We also love the opportunity to build a completely custom home.  But, one thing we’ve never been asked to do is build an open bathroom -- meaning a loo without doors. One local real estate investor in West Philadelphia is marketing such a home, inspired by several luxury hotels around the world Read More...

Goodbye Grey!

November 14th, 2019

After close to a decade of interior color schemes trending grey, new shades are about to make their debut.  A number of paint companies have revealed their 2020 Colors of the Year. In all but one case, the palette is going softer and more colorful.  Benjamin Moore’s choice is a rosy hue called First Light Read More...

Is It Retro… or Outdated?

October 9th, 2019

Not everyone can afford to constantly change their home décor to keep up with the trends.  So, it’s tempting to just look at your older furnishings and decorating style and tell yourself that it’s not old… it’s retro!  But if you’re considering selling your home, you might want to get honest, look at your place the way a home buyer would, and make a few updates Read More...

Picture This!

May 14th, 2019

You have a blank wall and want to dress it up with family photos or art. But wait! You’re stumped by the age-old question: Should the picture frames match the décor, or the art and photos? Lucky for us, the Philadelphia Inquirer and design expert Jennifer Adams have the answer. Unfortunately, it’s not a definitive answer and will depend on your personal preferences, within some general design parameters Read More...

Deck the Halls All Year ‘Round!

January 23rd, 2019

You know that feeling when you take down all the holiday decorations and the house just seems so blah?  Before putting everything back the way it was before your holiday extravaganza, stop and consider how you might keep your seasonal ideas going all year long.  We’re not talking actual decorations Read More...

Style That Sticks

August 28th, 2018

In the fickle worlds of style and design, fads come and go.  But when it comes to home décor, there are some design trends that have staying power.  Southern Living has identified four home style favorites that are destined to become a staple of homes for years to come.  Included are open plan designs that allow spaces and families to flow seamlessly throughout the home, and quartz countertops, the material that seems to have won the battle between once-trendy Formica, Corian and granite Read More...

BOLD Colors are In!

February 7th, 2018

Feel like the white, gray and beige color trend is getting a bit boring? Then you’ll love the predictions for the most popular paint colors of 2018.  The palette is bold, moody and introspective. Think rich and warm shades from greenish blues to deep, dark hues, in choices that work for any style from traditional to contemporary Read More...