Natural stone is beautiful, elegant, timeless, and always unique. Therefore, there are many homeowners that want to use it in as many places as possible around their homes. This sometimes includes areas where the material may not be in the best position for its use, such as children’s bathrooms. While ultimately, the type of care you give a material and the type of style you’re after will dictate the final material choice, there are several things to consider before putting marble, limestone, or travertine into a kid’s bath.
The first consideration should be to the finish of the stone and the age of the kids. Polished stones aren’t any stronger or weaker than their honed or tumbled counterparts, but they do show wear and etching more easily. If your kids are young enough to miss the toilet bowl or to drop toothpaste, these substances may leave a dull mark on polished stone, which can detract from the appearance of the room.
Older kids, who may like to experiment with bold hair colors, dying their hair purple in a show of team spirit may not be suited to life in a stone bathroom. Natural stone is porous, and things like purple hair dye may leave stains that are difficult to remove.
If you love the look of stone, and are confident that your kids can help you care for it properly, consider opting for some colorful, wild marbles or granites for use in their bathroom. The colors and veining are not only fun for a kids’ bath, they also help disguise things like stains and etch marks better than classic stones may.
There’s no hard and fast rules about using natural stone in a child’s bathroom. Just keep in mind that while stone is beautiful and durable, it does require slightly more care than some other materials, which may mean that it doesn’t always mix well with kids. Keep this in mind as you choose your bathroom material to ensure that if you do use stone, that it maintains its good looks for many years to come.