Exquisite Marble Tile Bath

Designer Marianne Brown transforms her bathroom into a master bath complete with Calacatta marble tile, a large shower and two console sinks.
Elegant Marble Master Bathroom

Elegant Marble Master Bathroom

Photography by Emily Wallace

Photography by Emily Wallace

By: Jen Jafarzadeh L'Italien

Designer Marianne Brown tackled the master bathroom in her own Salt Lake City home using Calacatta marble tile for the wainscot while still staying within her budget. She and her husband ended up with the look they wanted and all of their wish list items fulfilled including two console sinks and a large shower.

Gorgeous Marble Bathroom

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Splurging on Tile Wainscoting

The “wow” feature in this master bathroom is the gorgeous Calacatta marble wainscot. The marble tile runs along the walls and acts as a backdrop behind the two console sinks.

Go Big Where it Counts

Designer Marianne Brown added a large shower in the master bath. She compromised with less expensive showerhead, faucets, and shower trim to stay on budget.

Pretty Light in the Master Bath

The windows in the master bath are right by the sinks and mirrors. The sconces above the sinks cast pretty reflections in the mirrors. Great light by the sink is a helpful for checking your makeup in the mirror, too.

Custom Bath Cabinet

Marianne Brown designed this custom bath cabinet with colorful floral wallpaper behind the shelves. The wallpaper adds a pop of color, pattern, and personality to the bath, balancing the sterile nature of bathroom fixtures.

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Going Gray

The bench outside the shower has Lucite legs and a gray upholstered top. The gray complements the grays in the marble tile and on the walls.

What were the main items on your wish list for this remodel?

We knew we wanted to use marble, and both my husband and I loved Calacatta marble for its richness and warmer tones. We also wanted to have console sinks instead of the traditional wood vanity and my husband wanted a big shower. I eventually want a space for a bathtub.

What design obstacles did you face and how did you address them?

Making sure we had room for everything was a bit of a challenge although our biggest obstacle was getting the Calacatta marble wainscot on the walls while staying on budget. By choosing to do the majority of the bathroom floor in the same wood floor we had throughout the house, we were able to put more money towards our tile budget.The only thing that really changed was our shower trim, head and faucets. We weren't able to afford what we really wanted to use and stay within the budget.

Does the end result match up with your original vision for the space?

The end result matches up very closely to our original vision. With proper planning, and choosing where to splurge and where to save, we ended up with the look we wanted and all of our wish list items fulfilled.

What lessons did working on this project teach you?

The biggest lesson I learned with this project was not to overthink the little details. I thought there was no way the bathroom was going to look as good as I’d imagined if I didn't get my uber-expensive shower trim and faucets, but in fact, it looks fantastic. Now I always make a priority list with the homeowners, so we make sure we get their top items and then don't sweat the things at the bottom of the list.

What are the hidden gems that made a big difference in the success of your design?

The wallpaper on the back of our custom bath cabinet adds color and pattern. The glam candle sconces reflect the most beautiful light against the mirrors. I also love the Lucite leg bench, and of course, the gold and gray tones in the Calacatta marble!

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