Your bathroom may be one of the “work areas” of the home but it can still be a place where you can retreat to at the end of the day to relax and unwind. Help to create that luxurious spa feeling by using beautiful natural stone and limestone. Limestone can be used extensively within the bathroom and it gives you something different from the standard granite or marble. Here’s what you need to know. For more ideas or information, talk to your local bathroom designer
or even your local stonemason
Options in Limestone
There are many different types of limestone available for use in the home, and each type varies, depending on where it is quarried (where it comes from). Limestone is known for having softer earthy colours, and it can contain fossils or appear to have an attractive light speckled grain throughout. It tends to be more muted in appearance than granite even though it is available in the same finishes (honed, polished etc). The honed finish tends to be the most popular and widely available.
Ideas for Using Limestone in the Bathroom
If you like the look of natural stone in your bathroom, limestone is an excellent choice to make! It is incredibly versatile and you can use it in a number of areas including as flooring, for wall tiles, and as your vanity top as it is available in both tile and slab form. Limestone is also perfect as a splashback if you want to use it as more of a feature in your bathroom.
It is perfect if you want a more muted natural stone look in your bathroom as it will never have the same high gloss that marble and granite can achieve. Used correctly, you will get a very natural, earthy look and really helps to create a luxurious spa retreat kind of feeling and who doesn’t want that from their bathroom?!
Caring for Limestone Bathrooms
One thing that you do have to be aware of if you are using limestone in your bathroom is care and maintenance. This is because limestone is quite porous and sensitive to acids. For this reason it is very important to use a good sealer on your limestone surfaces, and a penetrating sealer is ideal. You should wipe up any spills immediately and always clean the limestone with a gentle neutral or alkaline based cleaner. Never use any acid based cleaners. If you are in doubt at all about what cleaner to use, just read the instructions on the back and make sure that it is suitable for use on natural stone. Also, it is important to remember that toiletries should not be put directly on a limestone surface as the oils and chemicals that they contain can cause damage. Rather, keep toiletries in the cupboard or place them on an attractive tray.