What Natural Stone is Best for a Bathroom?

No material can add warmth and elegance to a bathroom in the way natural stone does. Unique, sophisticated, and resistant, natural stone surfaces can last for a lifetime. But what are the best stones to consider for such a private environment?

Granite and quartz are appropriate more appropriate choices for a kitchen. For a bathroom, we recommend more porous stones inspired by the coastal landscapes.

Limestone

Limestone is one of the most popular stones used in bathroom design.

Formed in the oceans, limestone is porous and comes in a wide palette of whites, creams, and greys. Its matt finish works wonders in informal contexts but also in spas and beauty centres.

Due to its porous nature, limestone gets stained easily but also drains water easily. Coating a limestone worktop or flooring with a waterproof sealant extends the product’s lifetime and minimises maintenance.

The stone has to be resealed every six months if used in high traffic areas.

Travertine

Similar to limestone but formed in the hot springs rather than oceans, travertine is another popular choice for bathrooms.

This natural stone comes in warmer hues of cream and beige and is characterised by deep pores caused by the hot streams.

Travertine is often preferred in residential environments due to its warmer nature.

Used either as flooring, tiling or worktops, this stone is playful yet elegant.

Like limestone, travertine is highly porous and should be treated with a sealant to reduce stains and maintenance.

Most manufacturers even fill the deep pores with a transparent resin to create a smoother surface.

Deciding between natural or resin-filled travertine is a personal choice. While we like the wild finish of natural travertine, the resin-filled version is equally beautiful and needs less maintenance.

Marble

Marble is one of the most sophisticated choices. Synonymous with opulence and extravagant elegance, marble is a resistant natural stone that matches perfectly with all bathrooms.

Available in a wide range of colours and patterns, this stone is used with success for both flooring and bathroom worktops.

The main advantage of marble is its resistance to wear and tear. More durable and less porous than limestone and travertine, marble needs less maintenance and is easier to clean. However, this natural stone gets stained easily and acidic substances may damage it.

Soapstone

Despite its beauty, soapstone is surprisingly underused in home design in general and in bathrooms in particular.

Yet, this natural stone needs little maintenance and is an excellent choice for this private environment. Typically, soapstone is grey with marbled patterns.

The great density makes this material ideal for a bathroom worktop that will last indefinitely. Maintenance is also a thing of the past with soapstone.

The material is resistant to heat, it doesn’t have to be sealed and it’s enough to just clean it periodically with mineral oil.

A peculiar characteristic of soapstone is that it gets darker over time and it will just reinvent the design of your space on its own.

Onyx

With its unique striations and intricate aesthetics, onyx is another wonderful stone to use in the bathroom.

It looks amazing in a rustic or traditional environment and it pairs with earthy tones of beige and brown.

Like limestone and travertine, onyx is delicate and requires maintenance. Regular sealing is essential and the material should only be cleaned with mild agents.

With proper maintenance though, onyx is eternal, showcasing its delicate patterns on worktops, walls, or
floors. Undoubtedly, onyx will make your bathroom glow.