Designing a Marble Bathroom: Ideas and Tips
The bathroom is a place we use for rest and recuperation. Having a peaceful decor, one that is calming, neutral, and tranquil, helps us to unwind in a hot bubble bath or under a steaming walk-in shower after a long day at work. The use of marble flooring, tiling, and furnishings makes for a harmonious backdrop while being both stylish and timeless in its appearance.
The popularity of marble in bathroom design stems from its association with sophistication and grandeur – think extravagant spas and lavish hotel en-suites. Marble, being such a versatile material, comes with a number of practical advantages too; it’s highly durable, it adds value to your home, and it will work alongside several different colour schemes. Swapping out those outdated brown floors and renovating your alcove shower with marble tiles will instantly upgrade your bathroom into something envied by all who use it.
Classic and elegant, marble is one of our firm favourites for contemporary bathroom interiors. That being said, we know that it can initially feel a little daunting knowing how best to go about making your dream marble bathroom a reality.
In this blog post, we have outlined our top five design ideas for using marble to create a contemporary bathroom; from marble flooring to shower wall tile material recommendations, we have all the inspiration you could possibly need. To make things even easier, if you scroll to the end of this post you’ll be able to read our answers to some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to the practicalities of using marble tiles in a bathroom, how to effectively clean and maintain your marble tiles, and advice on coordinating wall tile colour schemes.
The Top 5 Tips for Designing Marble Bathrooms
We have hand-picked five of our favourite tips to help you in creating your dream marble bathroom. We’ve given you some ideas on choosing the best colour scheme, ways that you can incorporate bold metallic furnishings, how to make a marble vanity unit work, as well as some more practical tips on making marble flooring and walls work well as part of a contemporary bathroom.
When you’re deciding upon a colour scheme that will complement your chosen marble tiles, we would recommend determining what the undertones of your tiles are; the most popular colours of marble tiles are generally a mixture of whites, greys, and darker blues through to black, however, you will also be able to see subtle undertones of blues, purples, and greens within the veins of the stone. Choosing a scheme which will complement the tiles rather than clashing with them is an important first step when you’re coming up with bathroom design ideas.
We would recommend coordinating your marble tiles with cool colours and cool neutrals; whites to off-whites and cool blues, greens, and purples will work well. It’s likely you’ll find it a challenge to use beige colours or warmer colours with marble without it looking a little disjointed and washed out. A popular choice for those with pale grey tiles with blue undertones is to opt for a light shade of blue walls and blue cabinets or grey cabinets, whereas those who have marbled beige floors are more likely to lean towards a bright white scheme with wood cabinets featuring marble worktops.
Our favourite colours to pair with marble tiles which will really bring your bathroom together are sea salt greens, greys, and bold whites. Of course, it will come down to personal preference but it’s worth taking some time to identify the undertones your marble tiles carry and begin working on your design ideas from there.
Brass and Gold Detailing
Using brass and gold fixtures in marble tiled bathrooms is one of our favourite design ideas as these bold colours will really stand out against the marble tiles and any cool-toned paintwork. Brass coloured piping in your shower enclosure, a vanity unit with gold handles, or wall-mounted gold-rimmed mirrors will give your marble tiles more depth and add a touch of extravagance to your bathroom.
Our Frontline Etros Brass Exposed Mixer Shower is an excellent option if you’re looking to contrast the modern look of your marble tiles with an antique shade of brass. This wall-mounted shower is ideal for drawing on a period-inspired style of bathroom decor to complement the luxuriousness of marble bathrooms. Well-suited for installation in any shower type, whether that be a walk-in shower, a corner shower, or even over an alcove bath, the contradiction in both material and style will bring your bathroom together in a way that boasts elegance.
Walls vs Floors
The key distinction between bathroom wall tiles and bathroom marble flooring tiles is their slipperiness and hardness ratings, so we would recommend reading up on the specification listed with your chosen marble tiles before you make your purchase and have them fitted in your bathroom.
In comparison to standard bathroom ceramic tiles, marble flooring requires a fair amount of maintenance and will be a little more susceptible to damage. Marble flooring can scratch and stain easily and it can be cold underfoot. However, the pros really do outweigh the cons; it’s easy to polish, accommodates under-floor heating and, as it’s a natural material, marble flooring has an upscale look about it.
If you’re toying with marble walls or marble flooring, rather than having wall-mounted marble tiles and a marble floor, then perhaps it’s worth noting that marble walls require a little less upkeep in terms of cleaning. Marble flooring in a bathroom space will be subjected to continuous foot traffic and so if you’re unsure about committing to the on-going maintenance of this flooring type, you can easily pair marble tiles on the walls of your bathroom with neutral-coloured ceramic tiles on the floor.
Ultimately, the products you choose – whether for walls or flooring – are going to come down to personal preference, but you can rest easy knowing that marble tiles are highly versatile and work well as either a bathroom wall or floor tile design. It’s a glam natural material that adds a splash of luxury and higher class accents wherever needed.
Marble Vanity Unit
While marble is not the most budget-friendly of materials, even featuring a small amount will give your bathroom a touch of class. Both practical and ideal as an opulent focal point, a simple marble counter-top will instantly upgrade your space into a contemporary bathroom. One of our favourite products is the Old London Storm Grey Vanity Unit; the immaculate white marble top complements the wood grain effect of the cupboard and acts as a modern twist on a traditional style of vanity unit.
Thanks to its versatility, marble will complement an array of bathroom ideas; from monochrome to minimalism, ornamental to contemporary, it creates a sense of elegance and luxury and will give any bathroom an expensive feel. Much like the different colours of marble countertops you see in kitchens, the wide variety of colours and vein patterns make marble tiles a versatile option for your bathroom. It’s easy to contrast with bold colours or, alternatively, it can be used to bring together a minimalist bathroom with simplistic white furnishings.
We’ve used our expertise here at Bella Bathrooms to answer some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to having marble in bathrooms.
Is marble good for a bathroom?
Boasting both class and elegance, marble is a good choice when it comes to creating a contemporary bathroom. As well as being naturally water-resistant, marble is luxurious, timeless, and is sure to add value to your property. Marble bathrooms will give your home an expensive feel while standing the test of time.
Which marble is best for bathrooms?
Carrara is popularly used in marble flooring, wall tile material, and marble worktops. While most people think of Carrara marble as only coming in white, it’s also available in various shades of grey. For some, pristine white Carrara marble will be their preferred tile, whereas others will enjoy the soft, linear veining patterns it can also feature. Another common type of marble for use in a contemporary bathroom is Nero Marquina marble which is a deep black colour with white vein patterns. This is an elegant option for those wanting to install marble worktops as part of a modern black-and-white colour scheme in their bathroom.
What colour goes best with marble?
As we mentioned earlier, the colour that goes the best with your marble tiles is going to be dependent upon the undertones of the marble you have opted for. If you’re looking to paint sections of your bathroom’s walls, we would suggest choosing bright whites to off-whites, or perhaps cooler-toned blues and purples to really draw attention to the marble’s colouring.
When you’re deciding on a colour scheme for your bathroom’s fixtures, we love statement colours such as golds, brasses, coppers, or even a bold black to contrast the paler colour of the marble. Silvers are another good option and will complement marble well, although it’ll be more subtle and less of a statement.
Is marble tile good for shower walls?
Using marble tiles in your walk-in shower is an effective way to recreate an opulent boutique hotel’s en-suite in your own home. The only drawback of having a marble shower is the maintenance required to keep your marble tiles clean to increase its lifespan, ensuring it stays looking high-end. Cleaning your marble tiles is actually relatively easy and, if this was a factor preventing you from taking the leap in making your marble bathroom ideas a reality, then take a look at our simple step-by-step maintenance guide below:
1. Spray: Spray your preferred marble cleaner over the surface of your tiles then use a soft cloth to rub the product over the tiling.
2. Wipe: Using a clean soft cloth, wipe the applied product off your marble tiles.
3. Spray your marble tiles with clean water: To ensure that all of the cleaning product has been wiped off the tiles, apply clean water to the marble shower wall using a clean cloth.
4. Drying: To prevent water stains, wipe the marble tiles down with a dry cloth.
We’d recommend you avoid using a generic bathroom cleaner or using a coarse sponge which may cause scratches on marble tiles.
If you’re still a little apprehensive about maintaining the cleanliness of your marble tiles, we have a range of marble shower panels which, due to not requiring grout, eliminate the risk of mildew and mould. Take a look at our Italian Byzantine Panel and our Classic Arctic Panel for ideas on marble-finished shower panels to put together a contemporary bathroom. Our marble panels will complement a marble floor or marble worktops nicely and work well in upgrading any shower type from an alcove shower through to a corner shower.