Confidence in your choices: Creating a home YOU love

October 3, 2018

It’s tricky enough to stand by your own decisions at the best of times, but even more difficult when there is a stretched budget involved. Throughout our bathroom renovations I felt a little unsure, especially when our plumber wasn’t all too convinced by my design ideas.

It wasn’t particularly radical (At least I don’t think so…) but I had the slightly unorthodox idea of using our patterned floor tiles on the windowsill and again at the end of the bath. Despite some raised eyebrows I stuck to our plan, and I’m so glad I did.

I love the effect, especially against our blush pink and wicker accessories, and once finished even our plumber admitted that it looked great.

Here’s three ways to develop confidence in your instincts, and make sure you’re making the right choices without making a pricey mistake.

Choose what ‘Sparks Joy’ for you

My idea of the perfect bathroom probably differs completely from our plumbers, from our neighbours, and is perhaps even entirely different to my husbands. At some point someone is bound to doubt your décor decisions, and most of the time it just comes down to differences in taste.

If I feel a little unsure, I use a tactic that comes in handy for decluttering, asking myself ‘Does it spark joy?’

As well as keeping our drawers tidy, Marie Kondo’s book, ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying’ really helps with decisions making. (If you haven’t read it, you really must!) Blush accessories and patterned tiles make me feel happy, so without a doubt they had to feature throughout our bathroom.

Do your research

Look at room sets, Pinterest, magazines… wherever you find inspiration, use it to back up your ideas, helping you to move forward with your choices.

If there is a particular style you like, hunt down examples, wherever that may be. I find hotels and restaurants can be unlikely sources of ideas, so make sure you keep your eyes open when you’re out and about.

Design houses like Oro Bianco can be the perfect destination for design inspiration, particularly if you’re looking for luxury interiors. As an added bonus, they have a team of interior designers in London, who are on hand to can help clarify or enhance your ideas.

If you can find someone with similar taste to be your sounding board, a little help can go a long way in focusing your plans.

Swatches and samples are a must have

There is absolutely no need to rush into a decision, and with a little effort you can collect samples and swatches ahead of making major purchases.

The perfect way to quieten doubts, seeing colours and textures against each other will confirm you’ve made the right choices, helping you to properly visualise the finished project. Of course, it may make you re-think your plans, but better to do that ahead of time than later down the line.

As the one who lives with your design choices, no one needs to love them but you. Our bathroom was well worth the time and effort spent researching every element, and I’m so glad I stuck by my guns to make sure our bathroom was exactly as I hoped it would be!

This post is a collaboration with Oro Bianco Interior Design, but all thoughts are my own.