NKBA 30 under 30 designer profile: Andrew Saladino

In July, the GE Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky, hosted the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s 30 under 30 designers. These designers were nominated by their peers and have already shown impressive results in their careers. And they are a lot of fun!

We interviewed each designer to learn a little more about their background and design experiences so far. Today’s profile highlights Andrew Saladino with Kitchen Cabinet Kings.


Andrew Saladino, one of the NKBA 30 under 30 designers

Andrew Saladino, one of the NKBA 30 under 30 designers


SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

Andrew: I’ve had a love for design for as long as I can remember. It’s a way to express yourself without the need for words.

At Kitchen Cabinet Kings, our customers come to us with an idea for their kitchen and we work together to create a kitchen design that is unique and designed specifically for them and their needs. I get an amazing sense of satisfaction knowing that I helped them create a kitchen that is an extension of their personality that they’ll enjoy for years to come. I can’t think of anything else like it!

SRFD: Tell us about a recent project you really enjoyed.

Andrew: I had so much fun working on my brother’s kitchen in his new home. My brother and I started Kitchen Cabinet Kings together and this was the first time we worked together on a design. We went through countless revisions and had a few disagreements along the way, but ended up with a kitchen that we were both proud of.

SRFD: A trend you’re over?

Andrew: I think after all of these years, I’m finally over stainless steel appliances. This trend has been around for nearly 10 years and has become a staple in nearly every kitchen we design. It’s so boring!

SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?

Andrew: This question goes hand in hand with the last question … a trend that I’m really excited about are new appliance finishes. On my recent trip to the GE Monogram Experience Center, I learned about GE’s new premium appliance finish, Slate, and fell in love. It provides the same elegant look of stainless steel without actually being stainless steel. The dark matte finish hides fingerprints (the worst part about stainless!) and looks fantastic in person.

SRFD: What did you learn in Louisville?

Andrew: I learned about the history of GE and how much work goes into making the everyday appliances that we use. My perception of appliances has changed forever and I will never take my refrigerator for granted ever again.

If you’re a huge fan of kitchen and bathroom design like I am, I highly recommend the Kitchen Cabinet Kings blog. You’ll find creative design tips, ideas and DIY projects that are sure to keep you busy if you’re looking to make a change.

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