Design Trends 2016: How to achieve the perfect marble bathroom3 min read

An increasingly popular design trend in modern times, the use of marble in bathrooms has long been recognised as a mark of class, creating a sophisticated look for any bathroom. Marble is a hard-wearing, easy-clean metamorphic form of limestone that is often patterned with veins and mottling. No two pieces of marble are the same, gracing it with an ability to add a highly personal touch to your bathroom.

There are many ways to work with your marble and to harness its design potential. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to how to achieve the perfect marble bathroom.


The colour you choose for your bathroom can strongly influence the mood of your space. Marble is available in an array of different colours, meaning that whatever look you’re aiming for, marble is sure to deliver. Lighter marbles offer a more stately, spacious feeling, evoking the upmarket hotel atmosphere. Black marble conjures up a fashionable, yet cosy look, perfect for relaxing in style. However, if you’re looking for a soothing and more rustic charm, then choose warm browns and reds. You may also want to combine different coloured marbles, for example, you may decide to create a striking marble floor, laying slabs down in a checkerboard pattern to achieve a unique look.


Veining in marble can completely alter the aesthetic of your bathroom. If you want to make a bold statement and add artistic flair, then select thickly veined marble or light marble streaked with dark veining. There are also some marbles available that have extreme patterning, such as completely horizontal veining or busy veining. Alternatively, you may wish to go for more subtle veining simply to add light texturing to the surfaces.

marble veining


Accessories and lighting

Complement the lavish look of your marble bathroom with the right accessories and lighting. Boost the spa factor of the space by decorating it with some candles, fluffy towels and artwork. Get some relaxing scents permeating through the room by burning incense or putting in reed diffuser. Make sure the lighting suits the mood that your choice in marble is trying to create, for example, softer lighting to complement warmer colours.

Mix and match materials

Marble can be used for counters, walls and floors, but some people may find it excessive to use the material in all areas of the bathroom. Inserting different materials into your bathroom alongside the marble can actually make the marble stand out more as a noticeable design piece. Wooden cabinets or flooring may serve to balance the look and add a touch of warmth. Alternatively, you may wish to just restrict marble to the countertops, leaving the walls painted or wallpapered. There are so many ways to mix and match to get the best from your marble, and that will largely be determined by the mood and aesthetic you want from your bathroom.

marble countertops

Statement pieces

Add to the striking look of your marble by installing statement pieces, like stand-alone bathrooms or glass doors.

Cawdor Stone are one of the UK’s leading stone suppliers, and have been providing premium grade marble for bathrooms and showers for over 30 years. We have excellent relationships with marble producers worldwide and have access to a vast variety of colours and patterns to help you bring your vision to life. Get in touch with our expert team today to discuss your requirements.