14 Aug Design Trend: Natural Stone in Bathrooms
Natural stone is an exquisite luxury statement in high-end interiors. The timeless, organic and distinguished feel we get from these natural elements is hard to beat.
Natural elements need maintenance and care
However, when a natural stone is used in bathrooms, it is recommended to prepare it for this use. Despite its strong resilience and durability, natural stone can get affected by moisture, even if it’s not directly exposed to water. To attain its natural beauty, any natural stone should be sealed. Stone sealer protects the stone from staining and corrosion, and makes the cleaning easier.
Unsealed stone remains porous and allows water infiltration.
Softer stones like marble and travertine require more frequent sealing and cleaning to prevent staining and pitting. Soapstone doesn’t take sealers so is not the most appropriate material for showers and bathtubs.
Most Popular Types of Stone for Bathrooms
Granite is well known as the strongest and the most resilient of all natural stones. Its high durability and density makes it suitable for high traffic areas; such are flooring or bathroom countertops. Granite slabs or tiles come in endless variations of colours and their veining make every piece different. Granites is a popular material for bathrooms, they are strong and durable and make beautiful countertops and flooring. But like any other stone, granite as well has to be sealed and maintained regularly.
Marble has been a statement of luxury in wealthy homes for thousands of years. The differences in veining and colour distintc two marble classics: Calacatta and Carrara Marble. Calacatta is known as whiter with bold and distinguished veining, while Carrara has a soft grey tone with softer and subtle veining. Calacatta is more exclusive as it is quite rare. Also, because marble is a soft stone, it is very absorbent and contains minerals. Sometimes in reaction with moisture its iron content turns to rust and cause discoloration. For these reasons, Marble requires regular care to maintain its crisp and elegant appearance.
Limestone is formed from sedimentary rocks and comes in an array of textures and colours. It can be sanded to smoothness or machine-tumbled for a rustic look. Limestone is a solid material for bathroom use