Forward-thinking, progressive design diva Robyn Baumgarten of Interiors By Just Design, has a few tricks up her sleeve when it comes to incorporating bold and unexpected design elements into her renos. Check out this jaw-dropping kitchen re-dos that got a big thumbs-up from her delighted clients.
While the wow factor is important, Baumgarten says, “You shouldn’t overdo it. I tell clients who ask for amazing this and that, that sometimes, if too much of everything is amazing then nothing is amazing.”
In any inside job, bold doesn’t have to mean over-the-top. Using the right colors here and there – on walls, with accent furnishings and accessories, and kitchen cabinets – is one way to make a bold statement.
For added drama, darker colors are another way to go. It all depends on the space.
After gutting a boring, all-white kitchen, the design pro re-imagined an eye-catching, transitional/updated industrial-style, multi-purpose area that was perfect for her 50-plus clients, a Melville couple who loved entertaining. And it had to be super functional because the wife’s passion was cooking. Here, Baumgarten makes a bold statement with her choice of striking black cabinets, special lighting, subway tiles, and more.
A trendy black faucet with gold tone along with a farm sink (both from Fancy Fixtures in Woodbury) completes this interesting design story. These unusual elements create a personalized look that instantly elevates the space, taking it from a typical condo kitchen to va-va-voom.
And during a much-needed reno in Plainview, Baumgarten surprised the homeowners by adding a blue tile backsplash in the kitchen over the stove.
“It added a pop of color and played off of the blue accents throughout their home,” she says.
“I don’t like to do typical,” she says. “I like to give my clients timeless, classic and a bit of a wow factor. And, I know how to put it all together cohesively for an understated look,” she adds.
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