Tips For Using Natural Stone In The Bathroom

Natural stone is a beautiful material that is perfectly suited for bathrooms.

The incredible patterns, textures, and colours of natural stone allow you to create a bathroom that is absolutely stunning and perfectly matched to the design of your home.

Once sealed, natural stone is also a very durable material that is water-resistant and stain-resistant.

If you are designing or remodelling a bathroom in your home, it is important to choose a natural stone with the right appearance and characteristics.

This guide will help by offering some tips for using natural stone in the bathroom.

We’ll also share some of the most popular types of natural stone for bathrooms.

Using natural stone in the bathroom

Choose a stone with patterns, colours and textures that match your home

It is important to maintain the overall design aesthetic of your home in the bathroom.

If you have a modern or minimalist design, a light and clean stone like sandstone might work well.

Luxurious contemporary homes often work well with a traditional stone like marble.

If you have an industrial design, consider using slate as it is gives a bathroom a raw and unrefined look.

Choose a stone colour that matches the size of your bathroom

The colour of the stone you use can affect how you perceive the size of the bathroom.

If you have a small bathroom, lighter colours will make the room bigger so look at marble, sandstone, onyx, and limestone.

If you have a larger bathroom you can safely use the darker colours often found in granite, basalt, and slate.

Seal your natural stone surfaces

Although natural stone is a very hard material that is extremely durable — it is porous, which means it can let moisture penetrate into the deeper layers of the stone.

The amount of porosity that each stone has will vary based on how it was formed.

Igneous rocks like granite have less porosity because they were formed under intense heat and pressure.

Metamorphic rocks like slate and marble has slightly more porosity.

Sedimentary stones like limestone and sandstone can have a lot of porosity.

It is always a good idea to seal natural stone surfaces you are using in your bathroom, even if they have a low porosity.

That’s because the stone will often be exposed to water, detergents, and chemicals.

Clean and maintain your stone surfaces properly

Natural stone surfaces need to be cleaned regularly to remove mildew, water deposits, and soap scum.

Use a stone-safe cleaning product at least once a week.

Concentrate on areas which see the most action, including the shower, bathtub and tiles that see a lot of water.

Don’t use common household cleaners as they may damage your stone surfaces.

Removing excess water after having a shower or a bath is an easy way to prevent issues developing with your stone surfaces.

Use an absorbent bath mat on the ground, which is removed after showering.

You can also use a squeegee to give shower surfaces a quick wipe down.

It takes about 30 seconds and makes maintaining your stone surfaces much easier!

If you do have mildew developing on the tiles, it can be removed with a mild bleach solution.

Mix one part water with one part laundry bleach, then spray it onto your tiles.

Lightly scrub it with a soft nylon brush.

Let the solution stay in place for about 15 minutes, then rinse off with water.

Popular natural stones for bathrooms

Here are the most popular natural stones for bathrooms.

They can completely transform the appearance of a bathroom and make it feel like the most luxurious room in the entire building.


Granite is a very hard natural stone with excellent durability.

It is less porous than other types of stone, which makes it the perfect choice for the bathroom.

Granite is also available in a wide range of colours including shades of black, grey, white, brown, blue, and red.


Sandstone is a sedimentary rock that is created from multiple layers mineral particles and rock fragments.

It has a beautiful light tan colour and uniform pattern which perfectly suits modern bathrooms.

However, it is a soft and porous stone and will need regular resealing.


Limestone is another sedimentary rock with lovely textures and neutral colours.

It is available in various shades of tan, creme, and grey.

Some pieces of limestone have fossils in them, which can add an interesting focal point to a bathroom.

Like sandstone, limestone is porous and softer than other stones.

It will also require periodic re-sealing.


Marble can give a bathroom a very sophisticated and luxurious appearance.

It is a metamorphic rock that is formed from recrystallised carbonate minerals planed under extreme heat and pressure.

It is a harder stone than limestone or sandstone, but weaker than granite.

Marble is vulnerable to staining, so it must be sealed.


Slate is a fine-grained metamorphic rock that can easily be split into thin layers.

Its colour can vary, but most slate is grey, green, black, or purple.

It is a very lustrous stone that perfectly suits a modern bathroom.

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