How to create a Timeless Bathroom Design with a touch of stone.
When renovating a bathroom, homeowners are faced with many decisions and there are now, more than ever, greater options from which to choose. Deciding upon the bathroom layout, colour scheme, vanity, bath, toilet, tapware and tile; the list can appear seemingly endless.
Regardless of what type of bathroom, be it a main bath, ensuite or powder room, one thing is for certain, the overall design of the bathroom needs to be one that will continue to look new and relevant for as long as possible. No one wants to re-renovate a bathroom just a few short years down the track purely to be rid of an outdated colour.
Stone, much like timber, is a natural element that works amazing in all bathroom designs. Both stone and timber add warmth and character to a room, but stone in addition creates a statement of luxury that is purely timeless.
There are a large variety of stone types from which to choose, though the most commonly used in bathrooms are marble, granite and more recently terrazzo. Natural stone is extremely strong and durable, though it is porous and will require regular sealing to prevent it from discolouration and damage. That is not to say that natural stone cannot be used in the bathroom, though consideration should be given as to where in the bathroom it will be used. For instance, it would not be advisable to used a natural stone in the shower recess due to its porous nature and the requirement of special cleaners. See our article on Natural Stone Alternatives for more information.
Faux stone materials such as stone look porcelain tiles and engineered stone (quartz) tops for vanities perfectly mimic natural stone and are ideal in the bathroom environment as they are non-porous and do not require sealing. They are in addition a little more friendlier to the budget than that of natural stone. Due to being lower cost and maintenance free, faux stone materials are an incredibly popular with homeowners when renovating bathrooms.
There are a number of ways in which to incorporate stone or a stone look in the bathroom. The two most popular ways is with tile for either wall, floor or both should it be desired and budget allows, and for the vanity top. As previously mentioned, faux stone tiles and engineered stone tops are frequently used by homeowners as a more maintenance free and budget-wise option to add a touch of luxury in their bathrooms.
The entire bathroom need not be tiled with stone or stone look tiles. A single wall alone to creates a stunning feature. 600 x 600mm and 300 x 600mm rectified wall tiles marble look tiles complete with the intricate veining that marble provides adds a gorgeous visual statement to the bathroom. Carrara marble herringbone tiles are both contemporary yet a timeless touch of luxury in the bathroom and are an a especially effective feature no matter how small the area.
Herringbone marble and geometric stone patterned mosaics make a striking feature floor and works well with all bathroom design. Terrazzo tiles laid on the floor (and brought up to create a feature wall or part thereof) provides a more contemporary industrial/ rustic type look.
Engineered stone comes in a range of types that mimic granite, marble and terrazzo and is perfect for vanities. There are a large range of vanities to be found in store that feature engineered stone. Should you not find the precise size, style, colour that suits your taste and design, a custom made vanity may be the solution and be equivalent in pricing in most cases or more reasonable in price than thought.
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