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A Marble-Inspired Ensuite Bathroom

Posted on May 27, 2022 by KylieMawdsley
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I love marble. Along with navy blue, Doug my dog, Ryan Reynolds (or Gosling), and area rugs, marble is definitely one of my addictions – one that I have yet to explore in my own home but have had OODLES of fun exploring with my clients.

My client, Laura, was looking to build her dream bathroom…on a budget. Well, she came to the right gal, as when it comes to getting some bang for buck (not street-corner style), I know where to spend money and where to save it – EVEN when it comes to a luxury product like marble.

Laura’s bathroom had a great footprint. With approx 125 sq ft of space, we fit in the loo, double-vanity, walk-in shower, and a free-standing tub. After that, it was just a matter of choosing products that would be budget-friendly and high-impact.



We chose Calacatta Marble 180FX by Formica, which is a laminate countertop. Not only does it LOOK like the real thing, it’s more durable and drastically more affordable!

Formica 180FX Calacatta marble laminate countertop, hexagon mosaic marble backsplash and Chelse Gray vanity in ensuite bathroom with raised sinks by Kylie M Interiors

Formica 180Fx Calacatt marble laminate countertop, Chelsea Gray vanity and crystal knobs by Kylie M Interiors E-Design Services

Formica 180FX Calacatta Marble laminate countertop with hexagon marble accent tile and Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray painted cabinet by Kylie M Interiors

Of course, no countertop is fool-proof, and laminate has pros and cons. However, it’s easier to maintain than real marble.

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Oh, this backsplash. Love is not the word for it; I think infatuation makes more sense. And no, that’s not a puddle of shower water; that’s my drool…

Marble backsplash in hexagon shape with vanity cabinets painted Chelsea Gray, double sinks and chrome accents by Kylie M Interiors

Hexagon marble backsplash from City Tile

Marble hexagon pattern backsplash tile, mosaic. Shown with square, modern chrome faucet

The backsplash, whether in a bathroom or kitchen, is a great way to add personality to your space without breaking the bank (if you shop smart). And while I would be cautious of a hexagon pattern, as it’s not timeless, it still has some good life (subway tile layout is much better).

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Coming in at under $3.50 sq ft, this 12×24 tile makes a great visual connection with the countertop and backsplash and keeps things budget-friendly. We also saved a CHUNK of change by doing a fiberglass shower floor, rather than a tile floor (it’s also WAY easier to clean.)

Walk in shower with 2 shower heads, fibreglass base and porcelain surround. Vanity tower painted Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray. Design by Kylie M Interiors E-Design

Of course, the most budget-friendly shower is ALL fiberglass, but when creating a home you love; one that’s beyond a spec home, a tile surround adds to the visual and actual value.



There is MORE than enough space in this bathroom for the 3 Big T’s (towels, TP, tampons), and we created a beautiful foundation by painting the vanity and storage towers in Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray, a lovely grounded dark charcoal paint color.

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Marble backsplash in hexagon shape with vanity cabinets painted Chelsea Gray, double sinks and chrome accents by Kylie M Interiors

Double vanity in bathroom painted Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray, hexagon mosaic tile backsplash, Calacatta Marble countertop by Formica. Design by Kylie M Interiors

Double vanity bathroom with Calacatta marble Formica 180FX, walk in shower and hexagon marble backsplash by Kylie M Interiors Online Color and Decorating Consultant

Chelsea Gray isn’t the only gorgeous dark gray cabinet color – I’ve got a few more beauties here – The Best Gray, Greige, & Green Cabinet & Vanity Paint Colors.



That’s funny if you’re a Canucks fan from the mid-2000s. If not, you just think I’m a weirdo, and that’s okay too.

Bathroom Benjamin Moore Oxford White, toilet, linear porcelain floor and walk in shower tile by Kylie M Interiors E-Design and Consulting

I was going to pose with this photo, but I thought it might be awkward as an ‘action’ shot…

The paint is Benjamin Moore Oxford White, a relatively ‘clean’ white with little undertone. Don’t you just love the gentle curve and texture of the braided metal pipe? Just joking; I’ve drank too much wine tonight; ignore me.



While I’m PERSONALLY a fan of built-in bathtubs, many of you love the look of a free-wheeling, free-standing tub…

Double vanity with storage towers painted Chelsea Gray, free standing tub, marble mosaic tile backsplash and Formica marble laminate countertop by Kylie M Interiors E-Design

I am not a photographer, so this is the best shot I could get of the tub – damn that window!

I know I’m happy, and it’s all about me – right?  Okay, Laura is happy too, and that’s what really matters!


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  1. Hello,
    beautiful shower! Could you please share the brand/manufacturer and color of the 12×24 shower/floor tile? Thank you!

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  2. Beautiful design. I’m starting to think I need an interior designer to help me with my bathroom:) Is the glass shower frame custom made?

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  3. do you have the complete length of the vanity including both cabinets on the end … this is exactly what i want but it looks kind of long zzz

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  4. BEAUTIFUL I am trying to redesign a bathroom for a house we are buying and love this look!! I have two questions for you! How do you think the marble would look in the same room as ship-lap? maybe a white ship-lap wall? we have an entire house of tongue and groove pine boards to re purpose! Also The counter top, did you order it as a counter of was it made out of the sheets of laminate? Im trying to figure out how to do the edge if it s made from the sheets. Thats where I ended up when I followed your links! I love the skinny look of it but want the edge to look like that 🙂
    Thank you! I will be stalking your blog more!

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      Hi Chelsie! Yes, I think the marble could look cool with shiplap. I mean it all depends on tile size/application, but generally speaking it can be pretty. As for the laminate, it’s a pre-fabricated product from Formica with the square wrap front, so there aren’t any seams, it just softly rolls over (without being rounded…)

      I hope that helps!

  5. Kylie,
    I am in the middle of a master bathroom remodel and am heavily considering the laminate countertops. I love the project that you completed. Do you remember which finish you chose? Gloss Finish Code 90 or Etching Finish Code 46?
    Thank you,

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  6. Kylie, This is amazing! Can you please tell me what kind of knobs those are and who makes them. I want to purchase for my bathroom! Thanks!

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      Hi Brigitte, I’m sorry it was a few years ago and those were the homeowners choice – I’m sorry I can’t help, but I do know that Build.com has some AWESOME selection!

  7. How are the edges done? My husband and I are planning on installing this ourself. Do you know of a tutorial on how to do the edge so like those in ur pic? The bathroom looks awesome

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      Hi Jennifer! I’m not totally sure which edges you’re referring to, but if it’s in the shower, that’s a metal schluter edge you can see, which is a homeowner friendly product!

  8. Hi Kylie,

    We love this bathroom and now your blog! Is the trim paint color also Oxford White? If not, do you recall the color even though it was a few years ago?


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      Ooo Alicia, I don’t remember, but I would say that’s a ‘reasonable’ guess, even though I’m not a HUGE user of Oxford (it could also just be BM White – plain ole white!).

  9. I’d love to know what the shower base is, please. Is that an acrylic shower base? If so do you know the brand/model please? Thank you!

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