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Contemporary Marble Bathroom – Ultimate Luxury!

Posted on November 7, 2016 by KylieMawdsley


Marble Bathroom Magic

Nothing makes me happier than a job well done (is that the A-team or Oprah?) and this home is the EPITOME of well-done, courtesy of Alair Homes.

My clients, Lisa and Brian, were moving from Calgary AB to build a custom home on our beautiful little island.  They were wanting advice on products, finishes, layout, etc… as well as someone to answer the builders questions on-site when they were back home in Calgary – and I was the gal to do it.

Partnering up with Dan, the project manager, we made our way through this new build, bonding over Starbucks, sills and Schluter strips.

benjamin-moore-balboa-mist-marble-accent-tile-in-bathroom-kylie-m-interiors-decorating-and-design-edesign-and-online-color-consultingAnd I have to say, this is one of my fave homes of all time.  Why?  Well, I’m not a contemporary gal myself, but I can appreciate the simplicity, clean lines and classic design that were all pulled together with the homeowners special touch with accent colour and decor.

Now there are many amazing parts to this beautiful home (including a wine room UNDER the stairs), but today I want to start with the Master Bathroom (mostly because the amount of editing I still have to do is insane.  I may be talented, cute and modest, but a professional photographer I am not!)

This bathroom boasts as walk-in / walk-out shower, freestanding tub, double vanity and separate loo room…

bathroom-with-floating-gray-vanity-cambria-quartz-countertop-kirkstead-benjamin-moore-balboa-mist-large-mirror-kylie-m-interiors-decorating-and-design-online-and-nanaimoThe countertop we chose was Cambria Kirkstead, (it looks yellow on their site…it’s not) which is predominantly white with just weee tiny speckles on it.  Looks beautiful with the gray painted floating vanity (which has lighting underneath and I have ZERO photography skills to capture that effect).

Directly across from the double-vanity is a wall with towel bars on it, which is also the back wall of the walk-in/walk-out shower.

bathroom-with-marble-floor-and-shower-with-benjamin-moore-balboa-mist-warm-gray-or-greige-paint-colour-kylie-m-interiors-e-decor-services-and-consultingTo the left, you can see a wee wink of the freestanding tub.  With the natural light shining in, it was challenging for me to get a great shot of the tub area with it’s STUNNING crystal chandelier.

contemporary-crystal-chandelier-in-a-bathroom-over-a-free-standing-tub-kylie-m-interiorsThere, that’s all ya get!


walk-in-shower-in-ensuite-bathroom-rainhead-double-shower-heads-marble-hexagon-accent-tile-kylie-m-interiors-e-decor-decorating-and-design2 shower heads and a rainshower.  Just TRY not to get wet in this one!

We kept things simple by doing 2 styles of tile throughout the entire bathroom.  The main large tile is on the shower walls and bathroom floor/baseboards while the hexagon shape marble mosaic is in the alcoves, decorative panels behind the faucets and on the shower floor.


walk-in-shower-ensuite-bathroom-marble-hexagon-mosaic-tile-floor-porcelain-walls-benjamin-moore-balboa-mist-kylie-m-interiorsNotice how the hexagon tiles on the faucet wall are finished with a marble pencil edge to separate them from the main wall tile.  They also stop about 12″ shy of the floor. This helped to define the area wall/floor areas, so things didn’t smoosh together (super technical term, look it up).

The paint colour is Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist, a super soft, lovely warm gray with vague purple undertones – perfect with Lisa’s teal accessories.


Now there is MUCH more to come with this beautiful home, but I’m about 2 weeks and 4 bottles away from getting it all done, so stay tuned!

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          Hi Ashley, it can depend on the marble! I’ve seen some marble look pretty with Agreeable, but USUALLY the prefer a cooler or slighlty more blue/purple/green gray :). If you have northern exposure it can help as Agreeable often looks slightly gray-blue in northern light.

  1. LOL! Yes. I just laughed out loud! You seriously made my morning. I’m sitting here in Connecticut at 6 something in the morning pedaling away on my stationary bike ( keeping it together is some brutal work hehe). Anyhow, I love this bathroom. So calming clean lined and purty!! Your sense of humor coupled with your design talent is just the best. I love paint. Yup. I do. It baffles me, tries to outsmart me, sucks me in like a siren–palette after palette. Know what I mean? Lol. But still it intrigues me. Can’t wait to see the rest. I’m struggling with a new kitchen color so may try an online consult. Thank you for your great sense of humor and fun that you infuse into each and every post. Have a sparkling day.

  2. What color did you paint the trim in this bathroom? I have Balboa Mist in my bathroom and want to freshen the trim and I was thinking of cloud white but worried that it may look too yellow.

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      Hi Kate, yes I think Cloud White could be too warm toned, take a look at BM White Dove for a softer look or SW Pure White for a cleaner look!

  3. I have balboa most on walls of small bathroom that gets lots of light.want to paint med oak vanities…but am going crazy with the colors I. Grey.should I go a bit darker….I have Santa Cecelia granite on double vanity.white fixtures and trim..and 20 year old yellow cream floor tiles my husband insists we hold on to..I was thinking collingwood…or maybe a darker like thunder grey for cabs.

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      Hi Karen! You’ll find with cabinets that they tend to look lighter than you THINK they will once they are all painted, which is important to keep in mind. If you go too light (ie: Collingwood) it could clash with the creamy yellow of your floor tiles…

      1. What color paint is used on the vanity? Hubby and I are doing a total house refresh. We chose Balboa Mist for the entire home. Is the vanity also painted with Balboa Mist?

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      Hi Sonny, thank you! That was actually a pre-fab colour by the cabinet company! Somewhat similar to SW Dorian Gray, but warmer…

  4. Hi Kylie,
    I keep coming back to this bathroom over and over again – Gorgeous! I have similar taupey purply marble tile with oak cabinets in Master Bath and painted the walls Pale Oak. Something feels off (too warm? fleshy? esp next to my Chelsea Gray MBR) and I couldn’t put my finger on it until I bought some Restoration HW Charcoal and Mist color towels, then BAM it hit me…I really should have chosen Balboa Mist instead. Are these colors different enough to make a repaint worth it? Trim, doors, ceiling are White Dove. South West facing exposure. Thank you!

  5. Does Balboa Mist work well with orange tone wood doors and trim.? Also natural cherry furniture? Does it downplay the orange?

  6. Love the bathroom! Everything about it. What is your opinion on polished vs matte tile on bath floors? Polished looks beautiful, but is it too slippery in a family bath? Going with Statuary porcelain tile, deciding between polished vs matte.

    Thank you!

    Ann D.

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      Hi Ann, PERSONALLY, I don’t love polished tiles with SOCK FEET. While bare feet seem okay, it’s the socks that make me nervous. Generally speaking, shiny tile is often a bit more glam looking.

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