how to master the perfect
|by: Vivian Muller & Alyssa Kapito|| |
We love the a beautiful white marble bathroom or ‘WMB'. It's so bright and clean looking! But it isn’t as easy as it seems, and there are a surprising amount of decisions and details that go into it. So, we thought we'd make your next reno a bit easier by breaking down the process into the three major sections. Below is a short summary of the basic need-to-know info for creating your space. For this bathroom that we designed in an apartment on the Upper East Side, we paired statuary marble with the pure white thassos and topped it off with a crystal and nickel console sink from Waterworks. Classic yet contemporary. Our clients couldn’t have been happier!
1. THE STONES:
Our favorite marbles to use when our clients ask for a WMB are some mix of Statuary, Calacatta Gold, Carerra, and Thassos. Each marble has its own look and signature personality. In the bathroom that we designed (pictured above), we used a Statuary marble for the floors and countertop and we used a pure white Thassos for the walls.
2. POLISHED OR HONED?
Marbles come in two basic surface finishes called ‘polished' or ‘honed'. A polished finish gives the marble a smooth surface and has a much glossier look. A honed finish removes the shininess from the surface of the stone and, therefore, has a more satin-feel. Honed tends to read a bit more contemporary and is our favorite marble finish of the moment. Polished, on the other hand, reads a bit more traditional. In this bathroom, we actually mixed finishes to keep things interesting, and we went with honed marble for the floor and a polished marble for the walls.
3. THE HARDWARE:
Polished Chrome, Polished Nickel, and Unlaquered Brass are the most popular metals for bathroom hardware and fixtures. Chrome, is the coolest of the silver metals and is also the most durable. It's great for kids' bathrooms and high-traffic areas. Polished Nickel, our personal favorite, is still a silver metal but it feels a lot warmer and richer than chrome. It's great for master bathrooms and powder rooms but it is also less durable and should not be used with normal household cleaners. Unlacquered brass is our favorite gold metal and has a wonderful rustic feel to it. It also ages beautifully, but it requires some maintenance (it tarnishes easily). In this bathroom we chose polished nickel for the faucet, mirror, lighting, and shower body. We hope this helps with some of the basics and helps you on your path to creating your own perfect white marble bathroom!