Before & After: Pallavi & Keyur’s Murray Hill Bathroom – Sweetened!


Pallavi, a sustainability consultant, and Keyur, a software engineer, came to Sweeten after a few failed attempts at finding contractors through online directories. We introduced the husband and wife team to Sweeten Expert Pedro to work on their Murray Hill apartment renovation. Initially, they planned to leave the bathroom in its original state, but as the project progressed, they decided to go for a complete bathroom remodel to parallel the space-efficient, clean-lined haven they were creating elsewhere in their home.


Pallavi had a traditional black and white color palette in mind, playing on the bathroom’s original uniform tile and natural wood elements. She sourced and layered materials in different shapes and sizes and accented the geometric white and black contrast with warm wood features.

While all of the fixture footprints were kept in place, Pedro’s team ripped out the worn floor tiles — remnants of the building’s earliest residents — and replaced them with oversize Alta black floor tiles from Nemo Tile. Seta accent tiles now line the tub wall and shower niches, and also found their way over to the window, creating a wrap-around effect for the bath. To outfit the narrow space (so typical of so many NYC bathrooms), Pallavi opted for the Duravit Starck tub and Toto G50. Both offered slender profiles and simple footprints to keep the space as efficient as possible.

Pedro installed a custom-built wood vanity with a Duravit Bacino sink and Kohler Purist wall-mounted faucets to save counter space. He also put up casual red Kontextur Hanging Lines in lieu of a standard towel rack and toilet paper stand, and he replaced the rickety shower rod with a Trax shower rod mounted directly on the ceiling.

The balance of modern, minimalist materials against the natural wooden door is a perfect combination that highlights the contrast of colors and textures. Black is still the new black, and is surprisingly stunning paired with original and new wooden touches.

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For more on Pallavi and Keyur’s home renovation with Sweeten Expert Pedro, check out the full rundown on their kitchen and bedroom closet additions. Sweeten handpicks contractors to match each renovation’s location, budget, scope, and style. Follow the blog for renovation ideas and inspiration and when you’re ready to renovate, post your project on Sweeten!