As I assessed our master bathroom, I realized that we don’t have a place to put a towel within easy reach for when we get out of the bath or shower. Well, we use the ledge on the wall between the bath and shower, but I want a more practical (and pretty) solution. While trying to find the solution, I realized that I have a secret thought process to making decorating decisions.
So, I want to share that thought process with you in hopes that it will make the decorating process a little easier.
6 Secrets to Making Decorating Decisions
Consider Your Needs
The first few ideas that spring to mind for our bathroom needs are a basket, a stool,
or a chair.
But, I also need to take into account that we have to move bath products back and forth between the bath and shower, which we often forget to do.
I’ll tell you what…there’s nothing worse than realizing that I forgot to get my razor from the bathtub, and then having to yell as loud as I can over the running water and noisy exhaust fan in hopes that someone will hear me, knowing that if no one does, I will either have to leave the warmth of the shower and use the bath mat to shuffle my dripping-wet-self across the floor to get my razor, or skip shaving again.
No one should have to make those kinds of decisions. 😉
Seriously though, keeping convenience in mind elevates the function of a room from simply serving a basic need to providing a comfortable haven.
So for the sake of convenience, I could either double my shopping bill by purchasing two of every bath product, spend time dividing soap and shampoo between two containers, or buy a two tiered stand to set our towels on as well as store bath products.
Once you figure out what would best suit your needs, you can start gathering inspiration.
This table from One Kings Lane would be the perfect solution for my bathroom.
It’s simple lines, shape, size and finish are exactly what I have in mind. However, at a price point of nearly $500, it is well above my budget. That’s okay. I always suggest ignoring price tags when you’re window shopping. This stage of the process is all about gathering inspiration and preparing to shop.
Shopping can be frustrating and even discouraging, especially when you’re looking for something in particular, but there’s hope!
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve found what I was looking for right in my own home. Those discoveries often need to be painted or repurposed, but with a little reimagining, they usually work. So, before you buy anything be sure to look in your own home.
Otherwise, take the time to comparison shop. I found some affordable options online by comparing tables from a few of my favorite sources and affiliates. Affiliate links are denoted with an (*) asterisk.
Tip: When shopping online, use the website’s search tool being sure to try interchangeable terms. For example, I entered “two tier side table,” “two tier stand,” and “two tier accent table” in my online search.
You can also go to the brand’s website and enter your zip code to find a local retailer.
*Wayfair has a table for just under $55 with really good customer reviews. (Always read the reviews to look for repeated complaints or product deficiencies.)
This two tier stand from World Market is really cute, and I could paint the metal, but it is beyond my price range at nearly $180.
This Target table has the same industrial look as the table from *One Kings Lane and is on clearance from $99 to $69.98. However, the black and brass finish might not work with the overall design plan.
Narrowing Down Your Options
Having an established budget and knowing your decorating style are two great measures for narrowing down your options. Right off the bat, I can eliminate the table from World Market because it’s just not my style and it’s outside of my price range.
That leaves me with two options. In order to get an idea of what they would look like, I followed this tutorial to create virtual images of the tables in my bathroom.
Option 1: Target table
The only concern I have about this table is the color. Otherwise, it’s the style I had in mind and it looks a lot like the (expensive) inspiration table. I love getting “the look” for less!
Option 2: Wayfair table
I like the low profile of this table, but I wonder if it is a bit too sleek and modern for my bathroom.
Try it on
Think of this part of the process like trying on a new outfit. You typically try on new clothes to see if they fit and how you look in them before buying. And, so it is with furniture and home accents.
Since the tables in the images aren’t to scale, I will definitely need to measure the space in my bathroom to see if they would even fit.
Tip: If you have a similarly sized and/or colored piece, you can use it as a model in your space.
Make a Decision
Sometimes when you get to the end of the process it can be hard to make a final decision. Ultimately, trust your instincts. And if you aren’t happy with your decision, you can return your purchase.
On that note…I have a decision to make. In the meantime, browse my Master Bathroom board on Pinterest.
And speaking of pinning, be sure to pin this post for easy reference.
See you in class,