Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Floor & Decor. All opinions are 100% mine.
Admission: Our primary bathroom has been partially demoed for the past year. Long story short, right before our wedding in October 2018, there was a lot of water damage from an improperly installed shower liner and toilet and it was raining into our dining room. We ripped out the shower and tile to dry everything out, replace the moldy subfloor, and repair the dining room ceiling.
It's taken over a year for me to finally want to finish this primary bathroom renovation. Why? Overwhelm.
I was tired of planning anything and everything from the wedding and the thought of making a bunch of choices for another expensive project was too much. A bathroom is a huge investment, and I didn't want to make a mistake when it came to deciding how to design it. The internet is full of SO MANY photos (I overindulged in Pinterest and Instagram scrolling) that it's hard as a non-designer to not get overwhelmed with options.
All I Want for Christmas is my Primary Bathroom Back
A friend who flips homes suggested Floor & Decor when I asked her where she finds the tile for her projects. The bathrooms in her homes are always beautiful, and she pointed out that Floor & Decor had great prices plus the convenience of a huge in-stock selection so there wouldn't be any waiting around for shipment of a special order.
Steve and I took her advice and went to Floor & Decor yesterday, and I'm kicking myself for not going months ago! We had a free in-store design consultation with one of their designers, Natalie. In about an hour, all of the overwhelm was gone. We walked out with samples of all our selections and a lot of excitement about undertaking this project.
When we first walked into the store, we were met with so many gorgeous displays to spark inspiration.
With such a huge selection in-store, it was great to see everything styled in this way. It's basically like Pinterest has come to life. Looking at a piece of tile in a store is one thing, but seeing it on the wall and floors was really helpful.
What to bring to a Floor & Decor design consultation
In preparation for your free design consultation, you should have some general information pulled together about your space, likes, and dislikes. I will say that you don't need to go overboard like myself and make a PowerPoint presentation!
- Photos and/or layout of your space, as well as measurements if you're purchasing it the same day. Our contractor is going to order the tile we selected, so we brought rough estimates but they weren't used.
- Budget: Floor & Decor has really low prices, but there are still a variety of price points based on what you are looking for. We used our square footage estimates from our contractor to determine how much we could spend on each type of tile. For example, porcelain tile is less expensive than Carrera marble,
- Inspiration photos: They have a great inspiration gallery on their site that I pulled from, and I also had some photos from Pinterest and Instagram.
- Paint colors or other finishes: I know that I want polished chrome finishes, so I brought some photos of the light fixtures, mirrors, and fixtures that I like. I also had some paint colors in mind, so I brought those along just in case. These items weren't necessary, but if you already have something in mind, it doesn't hurt to bring it along.
- Time frame: The in-stock selection is astounding, but Natalie still checked each of our selections to make sure they had the quantity we needed in order to start at the beginning of January.
Natalie asked us questions about what we liked and disliked, and was able to look at our photos and quickly narrow down what we were going for. I really appreciate that she made sure to tell Steve to pipe in with his opinions. He usually hangs back because he says his opinion about these things is never as strong as mine!
Working with Natalie was great because she guided us through some different selections to help narrow down even further what we were looking for. From there, she went around and pulled from different areas of the store and brought back complimentary items to show us against the main shower tile we selected.
After we had all of our selections made, Natalie scanned all the items and provided us with a list of our selections. She then pulled each of the items for us so we could purchase the samples to view the selections in the light of our bathroom.
Anyone can request a free, in-store design consultation on the Floor & Decor website, and I highly recommend it if you're looking at taking on a project like this. I'm frustrated that I made the process much more intimidating in my mind, but thankful to Natalie and Floor & Decor for making this process easy. We're super excited to get this renovation finished. Check back at the end of January for the results. Merry Christmas to us!
Do you have any questions about the process? Let me know in the comments!