A question we receive often when it comes to a new room design is: Where do you start? And the truth is … we don’t have a clear answer. I’m admittedly the kind of person that feels frustrated if we start a room design and it feels ‘off’; it could be anything from the paint color that feels wrong, to the rug or the chair or the finish of X, Y and Z. When this happens, I begin my deep dive. I search every corner of the internet for that magical piece – whether that’s a thing or a photo – until I find my missing puzzle piece. During my deep dive, I may stumble across an item for the room that is so right, and I’m immediately relieved. Suddenly, everything makes sense. I get downright giddy (true story). I’m excited about the possibilities again!
Let’s consider our Tree House. As soon as we saw this matte black bed, the entire master bedroom fell into place. When we landed on this sofa, we were like, yes! And in the kitchen, it was something as simple as this grey-beige-y (greige!) backsplash tile:
When we thought about how we wanted our Tree house kitchen to feel, we kept coming back to the same words: Warm. Inviting. Also? Non-fussy. Clutter-free. When we walked into our meeting with the Lowe’s Design Specialist, we came armed with those words in mind, inspiring Instagram bookmarks and a handful of samples, including our flooring, a sofa swatch, and the tile.
During that meeting, as we first started sorting through cabinet colors, countertops and the countless options available, we quickly realized that the tile was becoming our non-negotiable. The warm grey seemed to embody everything we were looking for! If we started to stray from that small ceramic sample, things quickly started to feel ‘off’; it wasn’t until we course-corrected back to the tile that things fell into place again.
You know now that we ultimately decided to go with white cabinets and a mostly white quartz countertop, and we’ll be bringing in hits of brass, matte black and natural wood tones, too. And although the sample in these photos is the larger 4″ x 12″ size, we knew we wanted to stick with the more classic 3″ x 6″ shape. But the first night after our design meeting, I had a moment of panic. What if the greige tile looks dated? What if it makes the room feel dark? Should we have gone with a more traditional white? (Which was then followed by, no, move away from your comfort zone!)
I began searching online for examples of ‘grey tile backsplash,’ which immediately brought up results that felt wrong. All wrong! But when I took a closer look, these images also weren’t paired with white cabinets. Or white countertops. So, I took a step back. I refined my search. I dug deeper. Finally, I felt like I was getting somewhere. I began pinning my little heart out:
For a hot second, I asked Scott if we should swap those white cabinets to something with color – ha! But doesn’t that backsplash look so pretty with the blue?
And then, never mind. More white cabinets. More grey backsplashes. More kitchens with wood accents. I got excited all over again – giddy! – and I felt more than ever that we were on the right track.
So now we ask you, where do you start when you design a room? Is it a paint color? A piece of artwork? Your favorite photograph?