popular-quartz-silestoneWhen you are redecorating a room, any room, you need to put lots of thought into what you are going to do with the room, how you are going to organise it, what you are going to change, and what colour scheme/style you are going to go for.

Quite frankly, it’s a minefield of decisions to make! When you are looking towards your bathroom, what worktop material will you go for?

Your worktop is perhaps the most important part of your kitchen redecoration, because you need this to stand the test of time. Worktops are quite expensive, so you don’t want to make the purchase more often than you need to. For that reason you need to think about material, and you need to think about colour.

You might already have in mind the idea of what colour shade you want for your room, and when it comes to bathrooms, there tends to be a set amount of colours people go for; these tend to be black, white, cream, grey, brown, blue, or green. Of course, you don’t have to fit in with the norm if you don’t want to!

Material is perhaps a rather complicated decision however, because if you have no idea where to start, how are you supposed to know which is the best choice to make? Well, you have three main choices, but we are going to focus on two of the most popular – marble or quartz worktops.

The Pros and Cons of Marble

Pros

  • Marble is an attractive stone, which has been used in places of importance (e.g. Ancient Rome) for many years
  • Classic white marble is timeless, but it is available in many other colours too
  • Marble is porous, so for bathrooms this is a good choice – the surface will dry out quickly
  • Widely available

Cons

  • Needs a little more maintenance, as it will need resealing regularly
  • Not heat resistant, so do not put hot styling tools down on the surface
  • Non-porous, which means it does absorb water and this can lead to lifting or cracking if it isn’t sealed regularly – as you can see, the porosity of marble is a plus and a minus also

Many people wrongly assume marble to be ultra-fragile, and this puts people off using it – this is a mistake because marble can be used very successfully provided it is looked after, and the appearance is super-attractive and timeless.

The Pros and Cons of Quartz

Pros

  • Widely available in a lot of different colours and patterns, and cost effective also
  • Non-porous, doesn’t absorb liquid or bacteria, making it a more hygienic choice
  • Heat resistant to a large degree
  • Stain resistant
  • Doesn’t need sealing or regular maintenance, other than general cleaning

Cons

  • Not completely heat resistant, so when placing hot styling tools down onto the surface, it may be best to use a heat resistant mat, just to be sure
  • Doesn’t have the style factor of marble

As you can see, quartz has considerably more pros than cons, and that is mainly because it is much easier to look after and requires virtually zero maintenance after the initial installation has been done.

The choice really is yours on which material you go for, as both are fantastic materials for your new bathroom worktop. Which will you go for?

30-marble-bathroom-design-ideas-2Marble is a surface that will never go out of fashion. Not only is it opulent and expensive-looking, but it is also hard-wearing and durable, meaning it is going to last you for a decent amount of time. Of course, marble takes some looking after, that’s a given but if you look after your surface, it will certainly add a certain something to your bathroom space. When combined with up-lights, the marble seriously sparkles!

  • White – The classic marble shade which looks expensive, classy, and sophisticated. White is the go-to shade of any marble slab in the main, and whilst you might think that white is simply white, you’d be wrong! There are many shades of white, including marshmallow white, or white lagoon, for example.
  • Black – Another classic shade that will never go out of fashion. Black marble has many interesting veins running through it which are evident because of the darker colour. Monochrome colour schemes are always going to be prominent in bathrooms, both commercial and residential, and the various shades of black mean you can go for a jet black option, or something softer, depending on your décor.
  • Grey – The great thing about grey marble is that it sparkles, and if you want a slice of middle ground between black and white, then grey is the ideal option. Again, you can go for a darker grey, or you can go lighter, perhaps somewhere in the middle Pebble grey is a popular one, and the veins and lines which run through the stone look fantastic when paired with this shade.
  • Neutral browns – A smooth brown colour is ideal for a neutral bathroom worktop, and looks fantastic with creams and whites to go with the rest of the space. You can go for a coffee shade, perhaps latte or cappuccino, which is a good middle ground again30-marble-bathroom-design-ideas-3 between white and a darker shade. These natural colours of marble are very popular, for good reason.
  • Aqua blue or green – Blue or light green is a calming shade to go with and when you’re looking at your bathroom space, you’re tying it all in with water anyway, which makes sense when choosing your overall colour. When combined with clever lighting, an aqua or green shade of marble will sparkle and look fantastic for your bathroom space.

These are five of the most popular shades of marble for your bathroom worktop. Marble has always been a popular bathroom option, and you will see this in public bathrooms the world over, usually in places of importance, such as public houses and stately homes. The opulence of the stone, combined with its hard-wearing durability and surprisingly low cost, means that marble will never go out of fashion, and will always be high up on the wish-list when it comes to decorating bathrooms and renovating countertops.

When looking for your ideal bathroom marble, make sure you shop around and find the best deal for you. You also need to look at warranty, and make sure that you head to somewhere which is offering you back up for your cash, and a good price to boot.