Stone has a timeless appeal, which never goes out of style.
There are lots of reasons to choose stone, and in particular onyx, for your next bathroom remodel.
Why? Just read our list of positives below! But be sure to check out the potential drawbacks that the use of this beautiful and natural material can bring to any cloakroom before you start.
- IT IS SLIPPERY
We can’t lie. One of the major downfalls of an onyx stone bathroom is it will become slippery when wet.
So if you choose stone floor tiles, take extra care when getting out of the bath!
- IT IS EXPENSIVE
There’s no two ways about it. Onyx stone is going to cost you. The expense of stone is what keeps it out of the mainstream for most peoples’ homes.
However, if you read some of our suggestions below, there are ways around this, by the clever use of accessories, to bring a look of stone to your cloakroom.
- IT IS A LOT OF MAINTENANCE
If you want a beautiful onyx bathroom then you had better be prepared to treat it right – literally!
As mentioned below, stone may be made waterproof these days, but it is going to require some regular upkeep. We recommend sealing your stone bathroom surfaces once a year, to make sure they do not become damaged by water and other spills.
- IT IS COLD
Stone is cold. Whereas this is not necessarily a problem if you want a bathroom that is cool and serene, it might be if you live in the United Kingdom, during a typical winter!
If you opt for a stone bathroom, onyx or otherwise, ensure you think about the extra heating you might require.
However, stone makes a good choice for flooring in hot or humid environments, as it helps to cool a room down.
- IT NEVER DATES
By choosing an onyx stone bathroom, you can do something that is very difficult for most remodels to achieve – future proofing.
After all, stone has been around since the dawn of time. It’s not about to go out of fashion anytime soon!
- IT CAN BE WORKED INTO THE UNITS
Just because you can’t afford to tile the entire space in natural onyx stone, doesn’t mean you can’t transform the look of your downstairs loo into something classy!
Stone lends itself beautifully to furnishings such as onyx top & basin cloakroom vanity units. These can fit into even the most meagre or bathrooms, to bring a touch of luxury to them.
You can also use it in your borders and accessories. Consider the use of onyx and other natural stone in items such as the towel rail, the mirrors and any ornamental displays you may have.
- IT WARMS UP YOUR ROOM
By using a material such as onyx, you can instantly bring warmth to any stone bathroom.
Light, airy and with a natural art to it, onyx is particularly versatile and works extremely well in cloakrooms of all descriptions.
Juxtapose the tiles’ patterns with that found in other stones, such as marble, for a luxurious combination and relaxing backdrop to your long soaks.
- IT CAN BE SEALED TO KEEP OUT WATER
Traditionally, a major complaint of stone has been that it could be damaged or eroded by wet conditions, rendering it problematic for bathroom usage.
However, nowadays, most types of stone can be sealed to keep out wet and damp, to prevent that kind of degradation.
- IT CAN BE FAKED
If you really can’t afford a marbled or onyx bathroom, then there is always the option of faking it.
High quality porcelain tiles can fool even professionals into thinking they are stone sometimes!
Porcelain has the added advantage of being non slip, making it perfect for bathroom floors.
Check out our blog for more great bathroom style ideas this spring!