by Teresa Tumminia
Anthony Cotugno is their new Vice President and has been with Richmond for close to 4 years. He comes to this industry with an extensive background in design, fashion, business and product development along with a desire to grow Richmond and reinvent what we all think about when it comes to your traditional tile and bath showroom. He works side by side with long time Richmond Tile Owner Anthony Vanario. These two have a vision for the future and we’d be surprised if they didn’t surpass all expectations.
Many of our readers know Richmond Tile & Bath as “the big blue building” just over the Outerbridge. Give us a peek, what’s inside that beautiful blue exterior?
With such a statement building and a history rooted in imported tile our goal is to give the customer an experience they will never forget. Inside our showroom is a vast showcase of bathroom and kitchen designs to make any homeowner want to do a remodel. Taking inspiration from all over the world we have hand selected the most beautiful tile, vanities, kitchen cabinetry, fixtures and accessories for your kitchen and bath design. With tons of tiles and accessories to choose from its easy to get lost in this 13,000 square foot playground flooded with everything your heart could desire in kitchen and bath design.
Take us through the process as to how your design team works with homeowners to achieve their goals?
The main focus for us is to find out who our clients are and what is their desired goal when coming to see us. Once we have taken the time to get to know our clients, we can then help them design their space. We will walk through design style, lifestyle and budget. A customer profile and drawings always accompany any project.
What’s trending in master bathroom design?
I am always asked what the latest trend is and for me all styles and looks are “on trend”. The bigger question is execution and forward-thinking designs. We have seen a continuous surge in therapy and wellness in our master baths. Steam showers, air-jetted tubs, body sprays and heated ANYTHING.
In your opinion, has subway tile run its course or will it remain classic? What’s trending in backsplashes?
The age-old subway question. Subway tile will always have its place in design. I find myself leaning towards a more elongated look with variation in texture and color. It’s like I stated earlier, forward-thinking designs with classic elements.
Tell us the future of Richmond Tile & Bath – do you have expansion plans?
With a large amount of our clientele coming from the Monmouth county area in NJ, Brooklyn, Long Island and Connecticut we are spending quite a bit of time outside of home base here in Staten Island. This is forcing us to have the conversation regarding expansion. That’s all I will say for now. WINK WINK