The bathroom backsplash phenomenon has reached fever pitch, as has the general use of backsplashes in kitchens, food preparation spaces, and eating areas for both decorative and functional purposes.
Fixation on bathroom backsplashes appears to have become an outgrowth of the kitchen countertop and backsplash sensation, and homeowners are turning to renovation and remodeling of bathroom areas with durable yet luxurious materials such as granite, marble and quartz.
Granite, marble and quartz are highly sought after types of stone for bathroom spaces. A range of choices, colors, grain and pattern types, and combinations for both contemporary and natural looks are available for homeowners to choose from, and any of the three can easily be combined with alternative materials to complete a designer look and finish.
Out of the three, quartz is the more contemporary while granite and marble provide more traditional, rich and natural looks. Quartz is not as resistant to heat as granite so precautions need to be taken with various hot hair and other bathroom tools, but it does repel stains, comes in a wide range of colors and is resistant to cracks and chips.
Granite is extremely hard and also resistant to stains and scratches, but its porous nature requires professional sealing. Marble is porous as well and heat resistant, not as hard as granite, and requires sealing in order to maintain its appearance.
The utilization of granite, marble and quartz with bathroom backsplashes and countertops includes a number of ideas that play double duty with countertops. For example, rather than stonework ending at the countertop level, it is extended upward to give a free flowing appearance with the blending together of countertop and backsplash for a one-swoop impression.
An innovative design for granite, marble and quartz bathroom backsplashes includes the extension of a bathroom vanity countertop and backsplash into a shower wall area for an overall effect. A luxurious spa environment is created with this look as the stone coverage produces a clean, relaxing and comfortable haven.
Other ideas for granite, marble and quartz entail:
- recesses and sitting spaces in shower wall enclosures for shower accessories
- backsplashes behind and above toilet areas
- contrasting stone bands or mosaic designs in backsplashes
- monochromatic, all-in-one looks with flooring, walls, tub decks and custom-made tub backsplashes
- combinations of separate granite, marble and quartz materials with countertops, sinks and backsplashes for eclectic and textural contrast
Any backsplash obsession can be fulfilled through the decorative and functional choices discussed here.
Both backsplash and countertop selections currently offered in our Boise, Idaho location are easily transferred to almost any bathroom space. Each of the three types of stone has its own distinctive touch, feel and look, and homeowners have a variety of options available to them to actualize their backsplash obsession and transform their visions into the perfect bathroom refuge.
Come visit our Boise, Idaho Granite showroom to see get your creative juices flowing! Or, visit any of our other locations to pick out a stone that is best for you and your bathroom!