Tile Tour: A Master Bathroom Decked in White

Tile Tour: A Master Bathroom Decked in White - Architessa

Fresh white snow on Christmas morning, bright white lights strung over bustling streets, or white champagne bubbles on New Year's -- What classic imagery comes to mind when you think about the holidays? If you haven't already guessed, at Architectural Ceramics, we can't help but think of winter whites. For interior designer Mary Douglas Drysdale, the vision for her client's master bathroom started with a classic material choice: white marble. The end result is a space that will have you dreaming of a white Christmas, or for some white tile for your next renovation.

A Classically Planned Space

Classic design with a modern sensibility. That's how DC metro-area interior designer, Mary Douglas Drysdale's aesthetic is often described. For her client's master bathroom, she kept the tile selection classic and timeless by using white marble from our Thassos Collection. Drysdale incorporated the monochromatic marble throughout the space in a modern way, which leaves the space feeling chic instead of one-note.
Interior Design by Mary Douglas Drysdale, featuring AC tile. Photo by John Cole Photography
Across from the entrance to the master bathroom, a focal wall with layered mirrors above a large soaking tub, draws you in. "The all white palette is challenging," Drysdale says of her design, "it requires a higher level of detail, where the fixtures and fittings carry a lot of the design burden. The large tub, by Kohler, is almost a piece of sculpture." Our large-format 18"x18" white marble field tile underfoot also helps lead you into the space, past the dual vanities and around the corner into the water closet and shower areas.
Interior Design by Mary Douglas Drysdale, featuring AC tile. Photo by John Cole Photography
The white-on-white bathroom creates a deceptively simple design, from the white tiled floors and walls, to the white sconces and drawer pulls. For Drysdale, she added interest through contrast and dimension. "In this case, I covered everything in tile; some like the floor, was large format tile, while the walls were clad in both subway-sized Thassos and mosaic marble tile, keeping it fresh and light. The raised sinks," Drysdale continues, "add dimension to the vanity, bringing modern interest to a classical plan."
Interior Design by Mary Douglas Drysdale, featuring AC tile. Photo by John Cole Photography
After walking through this winter wonderland and talking with the designer, it's clear to see that an all-white bathroom can be contemporary and anything but bland. To view our complete Thassos Collection, visit our Product Page. The collection boasts a wide selection of field tile sizes and meshed mosaics, as well as classically shaped trim pieces like a rounded pencil and chair rail.

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Mary Douglas Drysdale knows a thing or two about designing with white marble. But we know what's on her Christmas list this year, and it's Belgian Blue! Visit the Product Page of our website to see more.

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More Winter Whites

Were you on Santa's naughty list this past Christmas, and now, need a way to start the New Year off with a blank slate? We already know that Thassos marble is a clean, white way to go. You can also consider these porcelain, ceramic and glass collections that include nice white tile options too:

Gilt Brick

The arrow texture on this decorative glazed porcelain tile will point you in the right direction toward a unique tile installation. To view more from the Gilt Collection, visit the Product Page of our website, or download a Data Sheet here.


It's not an illusion, this bright white decorative ceramic tile will add a new dimension to your tile project. Available in three patterns, the Curve pattern is shown here. To see the others, visit the Product Page of our website.


This sweetly-sized enameled glass mosaic in the off-white color Fizz will add a bit of pop to your tile installation. The one-size-fits-all meshed mosaic is available in five colorways. To view more, visit our Product Page or download a Data Sheet here. For further questions about the tile products featured here, or to place an order, please contact Want weekly updates about Architectural Ceramics and our product lines? Join our newsletter here.

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