Bathrooms nowadays have evolved to become more than just functional spaces. A well designed bathroom can be a sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation. Your bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home – and yet, one of the most underrated. A few simple things can help you turn your bathroom from a drab, drippy room into a mini-spa where you can indulge in some well-deserved luxuriating.
There’s many a fine detail that make an exceptional bathroom. From the fixtures to the lighting, there are a hundred things that you must select carefully when designing a bathroom. One of the most important elements in this regard is the choice of materials used; specifically, the use of natural stone. Natural stone has an earthy, organic beauty that satisfies the aesthetic side, while its sturdiness and durability make it a wise and practical option.
A resilient natural stone can be applied as a countertop, as flooring and on the walls of your bathroom as well. Here are the pros and cons of some natural stones:.
Shiny, elegant and available in a rainbow range of colors, marble gives your bathroom an instantly glamorous look. Its soft, porous texture, however, is prone to staining, breaking and fading. Marble is also expensive, and requires frequent polishing to help maintain its glossy sheen.
Of volcanic origin, granite is hard and strong. The crystals of mica and feldspar that often get embedded in this stone give it a shimmering quality that will make your bathroom sparkle with splendor. Granite is less porous than marble and therefore resists stains. On the downside, granite is expensive and tends to fade over time.
Limestone’s an uncommon option for a bathroom. Its rough-hewn look and texture will lend your bathroom an earthy, matte look that will set it apart from all others. Limestone is, however, highly absorbent, due to its porousness, and when applied in a wet and humid area, such as a bathroom, requires frequent and careful cleaning and maintenance.
Enter Serpentine, an unconventional option for those seeking a chic, yet tough stone for their bathrooms. Serpentine is naturally green, but it appears an elegant, neutral grey that complements most bathroom color and motif schemes. Hard, unaffected by scratches, non-porous and resistant to acidic substances, Serpentine is sturdy and durable. It can be polished to a mirror-like sheen, or weathered into a rugged matte finish, depending on your taste and the style of your bathroom. With either finish, Serpentine can be used as wall cladding for your bathroom, as luxurious flooring underfoot, and as an elegant avant-garde countertop.
Keep these tips in mind when you design your bathroom, and we’re sure you’ll be able to create an oasis within your home where you can wash away your cares after a long hard day, and a space you’ll look forward to visiting each morning to prepare for the challenges that lie ahead!