Contemporary Carrara

Anthology’s Metamorphic wallpaper in eye-catching ash and carrara tones, from Style Library

While authentic marble creates a luxury statement, the material requires careful maintenance and cleaning and will discolour easily – and irreversibly – if you use standard bathroom cleaners. As well as ceramic alternatives, you can find water resistant wallpaper with stunning stone, marble and quartzite-style designs, both realistic and abstract. Wallpaper may not seem like an obvious choice for bathrooms but as long as you have an effective extractor fan and paper an area that isn’t within splashing distance of the bath and shower, this type of covering can create an eye-catching statement wall, adding colour and character to your space. We love the soothing tones and style of Anthology’s Ash/Carrara Metamorphic wallpaper, designed with a pattern that represents crushed layers of rock. Not only does the cool Carrara colourway hint of marble and natural layers found in the earth’s surface, the horizontal lines can accentuate the illusion of spaciousness, creating an inviting bathing environment

Trending Travertine

Dekton’s sleek honey-toned Arga surface, from Cosentino

As a type of limestone that forms around mineral spring deposits, travertine is usually found in earthy tones of tan, brown, rust and beige. With subtle veining and shading and soft, natural colours, its delicate aesthetic can create a sense of harmony and serenity in a bathroom space. Get the look with travertine tiles, or go for a manmade option with ceramic tiles or Cosentino’s Dekton quartz surface, which is highly durable, scratch and stain resistant, and maintenance free. Dekton’s Arga has been applied in large format slabs on the floor and walls minimising joins which simultaneously increases the natural-looking qualities of the travertine-style design. Go one step further with a seamless design that enhances the fluidity of your bathroom, by integrating bathroom units and vanities with the flooring, as we see here with this contemporary sink unit, created from a single piece of Dekton’s sleek Zenith design, while on the floor the same material has been laid in square tiles. This results in beautiful harmony and balance.

Stone Crush

Ceramic tiles with a realistic crushed pebble design, from RAK Ceramics

With chips of cool grey and a raw stone finish, crushed stone surfaces adds a coldness to a bathroom space that may not suit every home, but are a good option if you want to create an invigorating shower room for a proactive start to the day. Otherwise, this is a contemporary look for occasional-use spaces such as a guest shower room or WCs. If you like this aesthetic, try a ceramic tile, from RAK Ceramics, as an alternative to authentic stone, as this option will be more durable, hygienic, and warmer to touch. With ceramic options available in many authentic looking stone designs you’ll hardly notice the difference but you’ll certainly appreciate how low in care and maintenance they are.

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