Natural stone has a beauty and appeal that has attracted homeowners for generations. This versatile material is installed in nearly every room of the home, including areas such as walls, floors, fireplaces, showers, and backsplashes.
In the bathroom, stone showers, walls, floors, and countertops can add color, interest, and a wide range of styles, including those that can help you create a spa or relaxing atmosphere in the room. If you’re looking for inspiration for your own stone shower or bathroom design idea, check out these 11 designs.
1. Dueling Texture
While it is entirely possible to use the same material throughout a bathroom, which can help you create a very cohesive look, there’s also something to using the same material in different ways. This bathroom features a tub surround that has a very different look and feel than the shower surround just a few feet away. While the shower uses a 12-inch square tile, the tub uses a multi-dimensional honed brick. The effect adds a lot of interest to the room, while still creating a design that blends together well.
2. Mirror Area
Many bathrooms feature a small backsplash area behind the sink or vanity up to the base of the mirror. And while that does add some dimension and interest to the room, this dynamic, circular mirror surrounded by textured tile packs a much bigger punch. The texture and look of the stone helps to create a natural, spa style for the room, while the clean, honed edges help give it a more contemporary vibe.
3. Rustic Modern Contrast
Rustic stone backsplashes like this one are the perfect foil and complement to contemporary touches like the vessel sink installed in front of it. Both the stone and the sink are a bright, clean white, which helps to tie them together. But the contrast in the lines of the stone and the lines of the sink help to create the popular rustic modern transitional design that so many homeowners are embracing for their interiors.
4. Many Stone Mixture
This bathroom is the perfect example of how it’s possible to use many different types of natural stone in one space and still create a cohesive, beautiful design. This bathroom features a granite counter on the vanity, a river stone shower floor, 12-inch square shower surround tiles, and an accent wall made of sparkling Silver Alabaster Shadowstone. The subtly shifting colors and textures of the different stones add a lot of depth to the room, making it feel larger and more spacious than it is.
5. Fireplace Focal Point
This spacious bathroom features not only a corner tub surrounded by polished travertine, but a fireplace with a floor-to-ceiling surround done in a textured stone veneer. The contrast between the sleek travertine and the rustic fireplace adds greater focus to the two areas, giving them both equal visual weight. The color of the fireplace also adds a little more depth to the room than the more subtle travertine would on its own.
6. Mixing Materials
Natural stone adds a lot of beauty, color, and texture to a room. Sometimes, it also works well when paired with other materials for contrast. This spacious bath features not only a steam shower with a river stone floor, but also an oversized porcelain tile floor and surround that make a stunning contrast to the natural stone surround backdrop behind the freestanding tub. The contrast of the stone with the sleek porcelain and contemporary tub add to the visual interest of the room.
7. Rustic Style
For bathrooms that are more rustic or transitional in style, using a cleft-face stone can help make a statement that goes together well with the rest of the design. This mirror surround creates a much different appearance simply by moving from a sleek, honed brick, to a cleft, more multi-color stone. The effect means that this bathroom can now fit into many different design schemes with ease.
8. Detailed Lines
When mixing natural stone, contrast isn’t the only way to create a unified design. In this room, the silver travertine floor has a unique, bold vein pattern. The thin Shadowstone in Charcoal on the wall behind the tub perfectly picks up the color of the vein, while mimicking its size and placement. The fluid lines of the floor and the detailed lines of the wall create a stunning display that captures attention.
9. Accent Wall and Focal Point
The thin Shadowstone tub surround in this bathroom is used as an accent wall in an otherwise fairly plain room. Because there isn’t a lot going on in other areas within the space, it also becomes the focal point, which works perfectly with both the position of the window, and the freestanding contemporary tub. Your eye is immediately drawn to this area upon entering, which is what drives the room’s design.
10. Contemporary Monochrome Bath
Natural stone with a textured finish isn’t always the first thing that people think of when they consider a contemporary bathroom design. But in this case, the thin angled tiles on the wall create the perfect accent in this otherwise clean, contemporary space. The white tiles help to create a monochromatic effect, while the texture keeps the space from looking sterile.
11. Serene Surroundings
Many homeowners want to create a sanctuary in their bathroom; a place to relax and unwind at the end of the day. Using a natural stone accent wall that complements the rest of the room can help you create that Zen feeling. Placing the stone near the freestanding tub and chandelier help to create the message this is a place to relax.
Create Your Perfect Stone Bathroom
Natural stone can help you create any number of looks in the bathroom or shower. Use these designs as a jumping off point to create the perfect style of your own.