Bold Move

Katalin Farnady’s luxe bath plays up drama and style

Designer Katalin Farnady likes interiors that blend glamour with livability—and her own Annapolis home is no exception. When she was ready to redo her master bath, she opted for a bold look she’d be able to show to clients. “It can be hard for people to visualize drama and how it can work for them,” she explains. “This room demonstrates that you can be dramatic and functional together.”

Farnady selected six slabs of Black Horse marble—distinguished by large swaths of black, gray and beige—for the walls, and used the same stone on the vanity counter as well. “It was a challenging job for In Home Stone, which did the installation,” she recalls. “They used a butterfly effect to match the corners of the walls.”

Equally bold are floors in a combination of three types of marble that the designer hand-picked and had installed in a pattern inspired by large-scale mosaics she had seen in European churches. Colors in the floor complement those in the wall slabs.

To counteract these strong surfaces, Farnady had the wide, custom vanity painted in muted cream, adding vintage Art Deco hardware that she refinished in gold. The knobs match the brass tub filler and sink and shower fixtures. Meanwhile, three glass-shaded sconces above the vanity echo the colors in the marble. “My motto is ‘find a balance,’” Farnady avers. “You can be loud with some elements, but others must quietly fall into place.”

Interior & Bath Design: Katalin Farnady, Allied ASID, Farnady Interiors, Annapolis, Maryland. Contractor: Greenwell Home Improvement, Annapolis, Maryland. Styling: Charlotte Safavi


Vanity Hardware: Vintage, found at auction. Basins: Walls, Shower & Countertop: Black Horse Marble through Stone Installation: Tub & Filler: Mirrors: Custom. Sconces: