Should You Choose Marble for Your Bathroom?

Marble is always a popular natural stone for bathrooms, and designers return to it again and again for the timeless style dating back to the ancient Greeks. If you’re renovating your bathroom, you’ve definitely considered marble tiles and countertops in your space. Let’s walk through the pros and cons of incorporating marble into bathroom design so you can make an informed decision before ordering.

The Pros of Marble in Bathrooms:

We all know there are many benefits to marble in bathrooms. But with trends constantly changing, you may be wondering if it’s the best option for your design.

Timeless Aesthetic:

Let’s start with addressing your top concern: marble is timeless, not trendy. You don’t have to worry about that. The natural veining and unique patterns add a touch of artistry, transforming a bathroom into a luxurious sanctuary. You may question if some tile layouts will stand the test of time, but you can’t go wrong choosing marble from an aesthetic perspective.

Variety of Colors and Patterns:

Marble is available in a wide range of colors and patterns, allowing for versatility in design. Whether you prefer the subtle sophistication of Carrara or the bold statement of Calacatta, you’ll find something you love, all with the timelessness of marble. 

Increases Property Value:

Renovating any bathroom is an expense, and you’ll want to ensure you increase your property value with your renovation. Marble is one wait to guarantee a wow factor when you go to sell. However, if you have a few years left to enjoy the renovation, choose what you love first, then consider the resell value.

Durability and Longevity:

When you choose a high-quality marble from a trusted fabricator and installer, you can be sure of the durability and longevity of your tiles and countertops. These design partners will seal the stone properly and give you the best advice for long-term maintenance.

Heat Resistance:

Most natural stones are safe from heat, which can be helpful when using hot tools on your vanity surface. They also retain heat from floor heating, making your feet cozy in the morning instead of walking on cold tile.

Versatile and Luxurious Applications

From flooring and countertops to shower walls and vanities, marble can seamlessly integrate into various bathroom design elements. Whether you choose long tiles with a herringbone layout or wide pieces that give a seamless look, you will always have a statement space with marble.

The Cons of Marble in Bathrooms:

Porosity and Staining:

Unsealed marble is porous, making it susceptible to stains from liquids like red wine or acidic substances. Fabricators recommend sealing every month, but homeowners rarely have time for that level of maintenance. 

With lower-quality marble, another concern is the iron levels in the marble itself: when water sits on the surface of the marble, the iron present in the stone begins to oxidize and can cause irreversible staining.

When you choose marble, be sure to work with a fabricator providing high-quality marble. They can ensure proper sealing that you simply won’t get from a vanity counter purchase through a discount retailer.

High Maintenance:

While sealing helps protect the surface, marble requires regular and careful maintenance. Be sure to read the labels on your cleaners to check they can be used on marble.  Even homemade cleaners that seem less harsh may also have elements that stain your marble. Remember that acidic cleaners can damage the sealant and the marble itself.


The cost of marble, especially high-end varieties, can be a significant factor for homeowners on a budget. However, the timeless style and increased home value typically make the cost worth it. You want your bathroom to feel luxurious and beautiful: marble helps you achieve that.

Limited DIY Installation:

Installation of marble is best left to professionals. Its weight and the precision required for cutting and fitting make DIY installation challenging. Professional installation ensures a seamless and durable result. Having a skilled fabricator and installer on your team also gives you confidence that the stone is sealed correctly, and you’ll have someone to call if you notice any staining issues.

Will you choose marble for your bathroom renovation?

While the staining may be a top concern for marble, simple steps like drying off your shower or vanity counter after use can greatly prevent these issues. Then, work with your fabricator or contractor to choose the best maintenance plan, and you can have a beautiful, luxurious space for years to come.

If you’re ready to start planning your dream bathroom, call Garden State Soapstone, Slate, and Wood Countertops to visit our showroom and see all the possibilities.

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