Designing a room is a process. It starts with ideas and plans. Then you go to demo and you change your plans. Then you start to put things together and you change your plans again. And at some point it all comes together and you are left with a room you love. So I thought I’d take you through my master bathroom design process. It wasn’t as smooth as you may think. One thing is for sure, it’s definitely worth it!
Just like every design project, I started off with some great ideas. In order to get them all out of my head, I put them on paper. This step is critical! If you put things on paper and they don’t look right together, they definitely won’t look right in person. Here is my design board:
I wanted to go with lots of blue to tone down the peach tile. (Ugh! That tile!) And some grey. In a show house I saw these beautiful blue cabinets and felt that those would be perfect! I also say some Cambria quartz. It was perfect! I thought I had my plan all together. So I began shopping.
Here is what I discovered. The Cambria quartz is 3 times as expensive as granite. Yes. 3 times!!! So, I found some granite that I liked instead.
Not exactly a match to the Cambria, but it had grey tones in it and some taupe that really worked with the tile. It was also a remnant so the price was right. Tip: bring a tile sample with you to pick things out. It will really help!
I was ready to rock this! I had my colors and my granite. I ordered the light fixtures because I loved them. I called the cabinet painter and had her order this stunning blue lacquer. Then the counter tops were installed…… And the blue would look hideous! It just did not work at all. So I had to switch gears. And I decided to go with a darker grey instead. And once I chose the darker grey I realized that the fabric I was going to use for the one window treatment wouldn’t work. So I had to choose another fabric.
Oh, and the faucets….. I couldn’t find a complete set (showers, sinks and bathtub faucets) in the one I liked. So I had to find something different. I knew I wanted a taller set and that it had to be 3 hole design. So I searched until I found a complete matching set from Delta.
Then it all started to come together. Once the cabinets got painted I knew that I had made the right decision. But I still wanted some blue so I went with blue towels.
Now I am pleased with the final product. So what’s the moral to this design process story? Don’t be afraid to make changes. Don’t get so bogged down by the original plan that you are unwilling to stray from it. In order to get a room that you love, you may need to make changes to the original design. And that is OK. That’s why its called a design process.