Marble, although in a limited supply, continues to be a very popular material, especially in bathrooms. Marble bathroom counters, floors and walls are appreciated for their refined and elegant look. But before you fall in love with its beauty, you should take some time to consider all the important facts that are marble-related. First of all, marble may look durable and hard-wearing but it’s actually a very vulnerable material. It’s a soft stone so it’s very porous and absorbent so it soaks up stains very quickly. If you plant on having a marble shower or marble floor in the bathroom, you need to be extra careful.
In addition to the fact that you can stain a marble floor easily if, for instance, you dye your hair in the bathroom, marble also gets easily damaged or etched by acidic substances or certain cleaning products. You need to be careful when choosing your lotions, shampoos and everything else as they can damage the shower floor.
As it turns out, there’s more consider before choosing marble for the bathroom than just the looks. The fact that marble requires constant maintenance and care is just one of the details. There’s also quality and price to think about. Although it’s true that this has become an affordable material lately, there’s only so much marble in the world and not all of it is of good quality. If you want it for your marble tile shower or bathroom counter, some say that the closer to Italy and Greece that marble is sourced, the better it holds up in a wet environment. If you’re convinced that marble is the best choice of material for your bathroom, perhaps you can find inspiration from what these architects and designers created.
The Russian Hill Residence designed by John Maniscalco Architecture has five full baths and this is one of them. It has beautiful white marble tiles on the walls and floor, with soft veins and a color palette that maintains an open and bright ambiance throughout, a detail also emphasized by the glass shower doors and walls.
Marble is very luxurious and there’s no doubt about that. We particularly enjoy the way it looks in doorless shower designs. You can witness that beauty here. Notice that, even though very simple, the shower looks glamorous.
Each marble tile is unique thanks to its veins and coloring. That means some tile patterns are more uniform than others and that has a lot to do with the dimensions of the tiles and the type of marble. Studio William Hefner opted for an abstract design for this residence in Beverly Hills, California.
The shower shelf niche designed by Disak-Diseño de Interiores for this beautiful house in Madrid is a feature that helps maintain a minimalist and open design for the bathroom. The wooden shelves contrast with the marble tiles and that makes them stand out.
Too much marble can become a bit overwhelming but not when it looks as beautiful as in the bathroom of this townhouse renovated by Turett Collaborative Architects. There’s a really nice cohesion between the walls, floor and counter.
The dimensions of the shower are definitely important and this matters when choosing the material for the wall and floor tiles. A small shower size means that glass is best-suited for the enclosing walls and that the color of the tiles should be light and soft. Perhaps the design of SPACE Architects + Planners can be of some help.
It’s not just the marble that makes this walk-in shower designed by Nha Dan Architect so beautiful. It’s the combination between the soft veins and coloring of the marble, the clear glass walls, angled walls and the contrast with the warm wood accents.
Contrasts are important, as proven by this beautiful bathroom designed by Ritchie Construction for a residence in Penticton, Canada. Marble, concrete, wood and glass looks great because they’re together.
Marble and wood makes for a great combo. For instance, picture a beautiful roman shower with marble walls and flooring and a wooden floor for the rest of the bathroom matching the vanity and wall shelves. It would be a look pretty similar to that Agraz Arquitectos created for House X.
Cleaning and maintenance can be a bit tricky when you’re dealing with marble so perhaps you should think twice before using this material for everything in your bathroom. Still, it looks great. Just look at this modern home in Hiroshima designed by NAP Architects.
Republika Architektury chose to only use marble in the shower of this stylish apartment in Warsaw, Poland. It was a wise choice looking at the veining on the marble and how nice it contrasts with the wood on the floor.
Some say marble is best used on flooring and this luxurious apartment in Quebec is a wonderful example. Its interior was designed by René Desjardins and has just the right amount of glamour and simplicity.
When using marble, sometimes you get a uniform look and sometimes the pattern is quite random. It seems that simplicity and cohesiveness were preferred over randomness in the case of this Manhattan apartment by Handel Architects and Moed de Armas & Shannon Architects.
Don’t you just love the interplay of large marble and mosaic tiles featured in this bathroom designed by Alexander Zenzura for an apartment in Germany? The combination is both soothing and eye-catching.
Marble can make anything look elegant and beautiful and this can be a good strategy when you want to add some glamour to a small bathroom or when you want to emphasize the openness of a large bathroom. Take your cue from Charles Gwathmey and Robert Siegel who designed this penthouse in Manhattan.
It’s important to not overdo it when working with marble. Sometimes less is more and studio Cecconi Simone Inc. used this strategy when they designed this apartment in downtown Toronto, Canada.
A diversity of materials needs to be used in order to create a balanced look and ambiance in a room. For this apartment in Vancouver, Robert Bailey used a combination of wood, marble and glass in the bathroom and the result is a very charming one.
Although we’re used to seeing marble used in minimalist, contemporary bathrooms with smooth and flat surfaces, that’s not the only option, as Dariel Studio elegantly shows us in this residence located in Shanghai, China.
We find the bathroom of this contemporary residence in Jalisco, Mexico to be nicely organized, with the shower and the toilet on one side, both featuring glass doors. This was a design by Elías Rizo Arquitectos.
The sunken tub is definitely a cool feature and all the marble in this bathroom makes it look very natural. It’s the design featured in a triplex located in Trubeca, New York.
Some types of marble have pronounced veining and this means the tiles look something like this. This chic bathroom was designed by Vora Arquitectura for a residence in Arraiolos, Portugal.
White marble is often preferred and that only makes the other types more interesting and special. For the M House, ONG&ONG Pte Ltd used black marble with white veins in the glass-enclosed shower.
Transparent glass is the best option for the shower in cases when the bathroom has large windows with views or when it’s small. In the case of the San Vicente House by McClean Design, the views were the inspiration.
Surprisingly, Studioe2 used marble tiles on the walls and floor of this entire bathroom except for the flooring in the shower. Wood was preferred for this section and it looks amazing.
How would you design the bathroom of a glamorous bachelor pad? It’s not a simple question but Ofist seems to have a great answer to that. It has a lot to do with marble, the material that was used to cover the shower walls.
Marble is also a very good option for bathrooms that wish to be zen, relaxing or nature-inspired. You can find a lot of inspiration by looking at the Seacombe Grove House designed by b.e architecture in Melbourne, Australia.
This isn’t the first time we see marble mixed with wood in the bathroom. However, this house in Singapore designed by a_collective gives us a new perspective on this combination.
Simplicity and diversity can work hand in hand, although it seems more like a contrast than a matching pair. But before you jump to conclusions, have a look at this stylish bathroom designed by Dubbeldam Architecture for a home they renovated in Toronto.
We find this small bathroom by Il Granito to be very well-balanced. It has a marble shower and a matching counter but the walls are white and the floor is covered in wood.