Marble in bathroom and WC

by Simona Vasic


Marble - a timeless classic

Marble is often associated with luxury and wealth. And that is true. Few materials give the exclusive feeling that marble does. Marble has been a popular building material for thousands of years. It is found not least in old castles, but also in other public environments such as stairwells, airports and museums. Places that stand up to wear and tear on a daily basis, and have done so for decades and even centuries.

We are in a time where quality and sustainability are very important. Priority is given to building something that will last a long time. Something that is timeless and that you hopefully won't get tired of when trends change. And what other material is not suitable if marble. Because trends come and go, marble will always be a material that lasts.

Andreas Martin-Löf and Tamsin Johnson.

Focus on the floor in a small bathroom or WC

Guest toilets are rarely the room that gets the most love in Swedish homes. The room has been untouched since the 70s, and has not seen the light of day since then. There is often a sink that is far too large for the measly square meters. A linoleum carpet for the floor is also common. We want to initiate renovations of guest toilets - perhaps the most fun and exciting renovation project is hidden here. Here you can dare to go outside your own comfort zone. Since it often applies to a small area, you can advantageously go all-in to have an effect, for real.

We like Flack Studio's design with our pink Fauske marble on the floor and skirting, combined with a plaster on the wall and a painted commode. The details fit very well and the different material choices and colors blend together in an incredibly beautiful and obvious way. Rose Uniacke has designed an elegant bathroom with a beautiful marbled stone on the floor, creamy white plaster and a classic porcelain sink. See how nice it looks when you paint joinery in the same color as the wall.

Flack Studio and Rose Uniacke.

To decorate a room, adding warmth and material combinations

Depending on the impression you want the room to give, you can play with different materials and color combinations. If you want a snug impression in the room, you can focus on adding some warm materials and details together with the marble. A deep wall color, a shower curtain in woven linen or a wooden commode usually immediately give the room a warmer feeling. Perhaps a wash basin mixer in brass - another material that acquires a beautiful patina over time.

If you are looking for a more minimalist impression in the bathroom, you can advantageously minimize the number of materials and colors, and choose a type of marble with a calmer marbling. You may want to dress the entire bathroom entirely in one and the same stone, or you limit the stone to the floor and meet with a wet room color in a neutral color.

Few combinations are as beautiful as when you mix different natural materials, and this also applies when combining natural stone. Mixing limestone and marble is usually something of a forbidden thought for many who are on the threshold of a renovation. But, instead of pitting them against each other, combine them and get the best of both worlds. Its contrasting feel can create incredibly beautiful results when put together in a harmonious way. A combination we like is Ekeberg marble with black Jämtland limestone. The black dramatic marbling of the limestone together with the sober light color of the marble gives a fantastically beautiful, graphic impression. Regardless of whether the style is elegant, classic or country - mixing natural stone works regardless. The right stone, the right mix, in the right place makes a good combination. And the combinations are endless.

Selzer Design Studio, Flack Studio and March Studio.

Focus on the details

To really get that wow effect in a bathroom, you should focus on the details. The case against the floor drain in the shower is one such example. Using line drains is a smart way to be able to use the same size tiles on both walls and floors. Here you can either match the finish on steel with the mixer and other steel details (chrome, brass, brushed steel and so on). There are also models where the natural stone is used as a cover. These details contribute to the solid and undisturbed feeling.

Another nice (and practical) detail is to fold a shelf into the wall, a so-called niche. In this way, you get a storage surface for shampoo and soap in a harmonious and stylish way, while giving the room another dimension.

Caroline Sandström.

Patina is not an enemy

Natural stone is a durable, genuine and timeless material. Just like other natural materials, the stone changes over time, it is inevitable. Patina is not an enemy but a natural consequence of use that contributes to the feel of a bathroom and home. It gives the impression of a warmer and more cozy feeling in the home. The surroundings in the rooms will be calm and pleasant. Compare that to how beautiful an old piece of furniture or a leather bag can become precisely thanks to its patina.

A durable material

Marble contains no chemicals, dyes or additives, and compared to ceramics, the production is very energy efficient and often done with renewable energy sources. Now in times when you want to be extra frugal with electricity, it can be nice to know that the marble stores heat efficiently and distributes it evenly. In this way, you can advantageously have the floor heating on for a shorter time, but enjoy a warm floor for a long time.

How to take care of your marble

There are four things to think about:

1. During installation. Use adhesive and joint that is adapted to natural stone. We recommend Ardex X32 and Ardex G10. The grouts are color-matched to the stones.

2. Always use a strainer that is acid-resistant. The fact that it is acid-resistant simply means that the strainer does not release acid that damages the natural stone.

3. After grouting, clean the stone thoroughly with Fila PS87 coarse cleaner. Then treat the stone with a suitable sealant, we recommend Fila MP90 Eco Xtreme. It makes it easier to clean the stone and protects against oil and make-up that can otherwise cause stains.

4. Rinse the shower area from soap and shampoo residues every time you shower (to avoid damage around the floor drain). Use Fila Cleaner when you clean. Gentle on the environment and your stone.

We hope this has made you somewhat wiser in your choice of material. And inspired. Good luck with your bathroom! If you want material samples of our marble varieties, you can order them here.