When Remodeling a Bathroom, Remember the Details

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SPEED BUMP #2: NOT DOUBLE-CHECKING PHOTOS

Floor tile was next on my agenda. I went to several showrooms, but found most were understaffed, and had a confusing array of samples and styles designed for what seemed like something akin to the Hearst estate.

One morning, I ended up at Swan Tile & Cabinets in Westbury, New York, a low-key showroom with a unique selection. The saleswoman was patient and attentive, and I eventually picked out a gray, white, and taupe marble floor tile with a cross-hatch pattern. It wasn’t cheap, but it was pretty.

Bathroom remodel - tileMy tile.

What I did next almost blew my entire budget right out of the water. I took photos of the tile with my phone, but didn’t compare those photos to the actual sample before leaving the showroom. Turns out the photos were underexposed and made the gray in the tile look brown. So I nearly bought a vanity, countertop, paint, and other accessories based on the wrong tile color. Luckily, I picked up the tile order before buying anything else.

I’d already decided on paint instead of wallpaper. Four sample pints later, I picked a cocoa/gray color for the ceiling, window, and floor molding, and a light taupe with hints of green for the walls. That last color I chose in spite of writing on the back of the paint chip after painting a sample wall, “No way! Hate it!” By the next day, I had totally changed my mind. The color was great.

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