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There is no other building and decorating material as exquisite as stone. Each piece is unique and adds a beautiful warm and cosy feel to your bathroom. It’s not only that, but stone lasts for decades and even hundreds of years if well-maintained. Their beauty is also elegant, timeless, and jives with almost all types of design. Take a look below to see which stone might work best for your bathroom.
Marble is perhaps the most popular option, more so for luxe interiors. While Calacatta and Carrara marble are the classics, they are certainly not the only options. Make sure to do your research and know the pros and cons because this will save you a lot of cash down the road, especially for maintenance. If your budget is a bit limited, consider using marble on only 1 wall or just 1 area of your bathroom.
Soapstone is one of the best options for natural stones because it is very low maintenance although the price can be as much as premium marble. Expect to pay about $100 to $200 per square foot - that’s a bargain considering that soapstone does not even need to be sealed and maintenance is simply just a bit of mineral oil every now and then.
Limestone is highly porous and needs to be sealed properly if using in its natural state. It is the go-to stone because of its neutral warm color and natural look. At a starting price of only about $5 per square foot, limestone is a quick favourite and can often be spotted lending it’s beauty for both modern and traditional homes.
Travertine is actually a type of limestone characterised by a warm hue and beautiful natural markings. It is very porous and has to be sealed with the same colour epoxy or grout to smoothen the surface - that’s an extra to the $5 per square foot starting cost.
Belgian Bluestone, like Travertine is a type of limestone but it has tan, gray, and white markings on a black or dark gray background. It looks very striking more so when paired with contrasting grout. Just like soapstone, Belgian bluestone does not come cheap at $90 to $200 per square foot. It also scratches with wear but can be brought back to life with just a little olive oil.
Onyx comes in a wide range of colours and often has very unique striations. It has a translucent quality which makes it great as a bathroom divider or used with a backlight to showcase the veining. Slabs cost around $200 to $500 per square foot and will have to be sealed.
Slate is often associated with rustic design but it can work for almost any space more so for floors. It is naturally slip resistant and requires only a mild cleanser for maintenance. It is also budget-friendly at only $10 per square foot or less for tiles.
Sandstone is created by millennia after millennia of densely packed sand, giving it a wavy and landscape like appearance reminiscent of the desert. It comes in a variety of colours but has downsides like needing to be sealed at least twice a year plus can easily get stained. Price starts at an affordable $5 per square foot.
Have you picked out a favourite stone for your bathroom yet? Browse the available luxury homes in Oakville for more bathroom design ideas. Should you find a home that catches your interest, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule a viewing!