Stone flooring is one of the most popular materials for use throughout the home, including in the bathroom. Many people worry, however, about using natural stone in a damp environment like the bath. And while it is true that in some cases stone may etch or stain if used or cared for inappropriately, there are many other instances when natural stone can be the perfect flooring for the bathroom.
The key in using natural stone in a damp area, is understanding when and where problems may arise. For example, using a polished marble on the floor of a bathroom used by young, potty training children may result in etch marks on the floor due to the acids in urine. For homeowners in cases like these, a honed stone may be the better fit. Likewise in the shower area; people who like to dye their hair dark or funky colors may find that a light colored marble or limestone floor will absorb the color over time, while a dark granite floor holds up better.
With these few examples aside, however, natural stone can make a great flooring for the bathroom area. Stone is naturally slip resistant due to the many pores on its surface. Impregnating sealers used to help keep the stone from staining also increase slip resistance, making stone a great choice for slippery areas.
Stone is also extremely versatile, working well in a number of bathroom styles, such as:
- White Thassos quartzite on the flooring of an all-white bath
- Blue Celeste quartzite for a water-themed room
- Black and white octagon and dot marble mosaics for a retro bathroom
- Silver travertine for an exotic or spa themed bath
- River stones for spa and Zen-style bathrooms
- Verde Luna for a wild, contemporary bathroom done in natural colors
In addition, all white marbles work particularly well in small bathrooms, keeping the area light and visually open.
If you’re looking for a beautiful, versatile flooring for your bathroom, consider natural stone to do the job.