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Bathroom of the Week: Elegant Update With Classic Marble (6 photos)

Photos by Kotsoban Photography

Bathroom at a Glance
Who lives here: David and Elaine Greenwald
Location: Pacific Palisades, California
Size: 160 square feet (15 square meters)
Designer: Amy Rothman of Architrave Interiors

The former bathroom had a tall vaulted ceiling with an extra-high pitch that gave the space a cavernous feel and made lighting difficult. “I suggested the center section of the ceiling be leveled and brought it down to a more reasonable height,” Rothman says. “Recessed lights were installed in the dropped center area, which greatly improved the lighting by rendering a wonderful diffused light throughout the space.”

She had the updated ceiling painted a bright white (Extra White by Sherwin-Williams).

The new color scheme includes light gray walls (Silver Strand by Sherwin-Williams) and an expansive new vanity painted a warm medium-dark gray (Peppercorn by Sherwin-Williams). “We wanted a color scheme that would stand the test of time,” Elaine says.

Carrara marble tiles cover most of the bathroom floor, but a custom inset pattern that resembles a rug combines rhomboid-shaped Thassos, Carrara and Nero Marquina marble. “Elaine knew she wanted Carrara marble and did her research,” Rothman says. “A lot of the bathroom was planned around that. One of the hardest parts of this bathroom was the positioning of the tile pattern. The installer was down on his knees for over two hours trying to get just the right pattern that looks centered. It took effort to get this exactly right, but everyone was thrilled.”

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