We spend a lot of our days running around, doing things for other people: getting the kids to school, meeting that last-minute deadline at work, picking up groceries on the way back, and throwing together an edible meal for everyone. Granted, all these things are important, especially when it comes to taking care of your family; the point is though, you probably rarely have much time set aside just for you and perhaps the only moments you do is when you finally have the bathroom to yourself. So it goes without saying that you want to transform your bathroom into as much of a luxurious paradise as possible to make the most of the premium you-time.
One of the ways to bring luxury to the bathroom is by using stone for the vanity top. When choosing a stone though, you have to make sure the material is water resistant since it’ll deal with a lot of moisture in the bathroom. With that major criterion in mind, here are the best stone materials for bathroom vanity tops:
Quartz is top of the list in this regard. It’s non-porous so there’s no risk of moisture getting trapped inside. This quality plus the fact that it’s tougher than granite is what makes quartz the ultimate choice for the vanity top. Also, because it’s an engineered stone, it’s very low-maintenance without the need to be sealed and it can be made into any custom shape you need.
Quartzite is also non-porous and even surpasses both quartz and granite in durability. However, the reason it’s ranked below quartz as the choice stone for bathroom vanity tops has to do with its higher cost compared to other stones, which comes from the labour-intensive process of carving through quartzite’s exceptionally hard material. You also have to take care in asking your countertop manufacturer for hard quartzite, rather than the soft variation of the same name; soft quartzite is more closely related to marble and has a scratch-prone surface, which is definitely not suitable in a bathroom.
The above two options are the best stone materials for the bathroom vanity top. Next, we’ll look at some other stone materials that could also work, but only if they’re installed and maintained properly:
Granite and marble
It’s hard to beat the classic luxury look of granite and marble and it’s no wonder that their popularity extends from the kitchen and into the bathroom, too. The main drawback of using them in the bathroom though is that they’re not naturally water resistant due to their porous nature (it’s not such a big issue in the kitchen because it isn’t consistently humid there like the bathroom). It is doable though: if you really like the look of granite or marble in the bathroom, just make sure to seal them well and wipe them down regularly.
Onyx is a really cool stone so it deserves an honourable mention. Yes, it’s expensive, fragile, and easily scratched, but all those flaws can be outshone if it’s designed as a backlit vanity top. Just imagine stepping into the bathroom with the vanity glowing like a magical beacon in the night – it really is a breathtaking sight. If you commit to installing onyx, you’ll have to be prepared to put in a lot of work sealing it, cleaning it with special solutions, and refinishing the surface every so often.
There you have it – now go turn your bathroom into the paradise you’ve always dreamed of!