This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Floor & Decor. The opinions and text are all mine.
Does decorating with your significant other feel like a good reason for a marriage counseling session? Sometimes we can’t even decide whose night it is to do the dishes, much less design an entire bathroom.
Almost all of the design and DIY questions I receive have a common theme that usually starts with, “How do I convince my husband to let me _____?”. I get it; I really do. However, I don’t ever make any big changes without getting my husband’s opinion, because what he wants our home to look and feel like is important too. I mean, it is his house too and this isn’t a dictatorship.
So when we started designing the master bathroom, he had made it clear from the start that he had very specific wants and desires. I just had no idea how far apart we were…
His vision: solid grey tiles, dark, modern minimalist. My vision: Light walls and tiles with warmer wood tones and a geometric accent in the shower. Very divergent ideas. As you can tell from our previous bathroom design, I love the combination of these raised sinks and these beautiful countertops.
But where do you go to find help when your two visions are completely opposite? Who can be a rational, unbiased referee in this game of design, while still getting a cohesive design at an affordable price? This was exactly our dilemma when faced with designing our master bathroom. That is when we learned about the free Design Consultations at Floor & Decor and this was exactly what we needed. We got together a few photos, and made an appointment online. It was very easy to schedule, with a few simple questions so that our designer would be prepared for our visit.
And you, dear friends get to vote on our choices at the end!
We went to the Alexandria, Virginia store. The first thing you should know is that Floor & Decor is a huge store! Above is just one aisle of floor tile. Floor & Decor sells materials for flooring and walls including marble, granite, stone, wood, countertops, decorative tile, porcelain, and ceramic tile. They also have laminate, vinyl, luxury vinyl tile, bamboo, NuCore, engineered and hardwood. It is a lot, and yet the store is so well organized and clearly marked that it does not get overwhelming. It’s a designer’s paradise!
What I truly love about Floor & Decor is that not only do they have a wide variety, but the store is also well stocked and you can take home your purchase that day. You don’t have to special order boxes or wait weeks for delivery. This is quite important to me personally, since I had a bad experience with a previous tile project from a high end store. The short version was that because so many tiles were cracked on our first order, we were shocked when we were told we might have to wait 18 months for a new shipment. Although we did end up scrounging enough together to complete our job, the stress of that experience is something I never want to go through again. With Floor & Decor, you don’t have to worry about that. Special financing is available and if you can’t take it home that day, they have 14 day free storage!
Their displays of decorative tile are to die for too! I admit that these geometric decorative tiles are completely my style. I wanted to take each one home to sample and it was hard to resist.
But before we get sidetracked by all the pretty things, let’s talk about their free design consultations. We easily scheduled a 30-minute design appointment through Floor & Decor’s website. We submitted measurements of our bathroom, photos to represent our styles, and a little of what we were looking for (a referee with good taste, basically). Upon arrival, the design center was easily located in a beautiful area of displays that show you just a few of the many options and styles they have available in real-world example.
Our designer, Shanea, was a rockstar! She let us know right out of the gate that she would find us something to encompass both of our styles. We went shopping with her through the aisles to pick out what we liked and to find common ground. She steered us away from certain choices that wouldn’t work with our goals. At the end, Shanea helped us to put together everything in a way that made sense and gave us a few options to vote on. We took the samples home to see them in our home as well to be sure we were making the right choice.
Of course, these consultations do not only extend to bathroom tile, but to any of the flooring and wall products offered by Floor & Decor.
At the end of our design consultation, this was the end result choices. I guess I shouldn’t give bias to which of the 3 choices belong to whom, but this competition is real! These are just our designs, but you can see lots more inspiration from Floor & Decor on Facebook.
A warmer pallet with either a dark or white vanity and metallic accents
Dark grey slate floors with white stone tile shower and a medium grey penny tile shower pan and niche. We would warm this one up with a medium wood vanity.
A more contrasting stone for the accent, lighter floors, and charcoal grey shower pan and niche.
No matter which combination we choose, we each get something we want. I get the warmer, more contrasting palette and he gets me to stop trying to add in geometric tile. Compromise is so worth it. Truthfully, I don’t think we would have gotten to here so quickly without going to a design consultation from Floor & Decor. Free and saves arguing?! Sign me up! Now, we only have to decide between 3 options!
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