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How to Use Natural Stone in a Kids' Bathroom
If your children have their own bathroom, you may want to make that space unique to them and as kid-friendly as possible. You also want this bathroom to be attractive, comfortable, and durable enough to survive their childhood ... read more>>>
Why I Use Natural Stone: A Designer's Perspective
As a busy interior designer, I cannot begin to express how much I love using natural stone. I have always believed that in my work I must produce a space that radiates more than beauty. If a space does not produce a reaction ...
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How to Use Natural Stone in a Kids' Bathroom

by Dahna M. Chandler


Kids' Bathroom Design Ideas | Durable Countertop Options


If your children have their own bathroom, you may want to make that space unique to them and as kid-friendly as possible. You also want this bathroom to be attractive, comfortable, and durable enough to survive their childhood.

As your kids grow older, they will likely want changes in their bath's decor. You will want your home to remain aesthetically pleasing and increase in value. These don't have to be competing interests; you and your kids can both have what you want, especially when you use stone.

Choosing the right natural stone means you won't have to gut the bathroom when your kids propose a decor change. You'll simply change the paint, window treatments, and accessories.

Here are some tips for creating a kids' bathroom that will fit their personalities — and the rest of your home.

Involve Your Kids in the Process

Because it's their bathroom and you want them to be happy with the space, allow your kids appropriate design input. Help them understand why certain design choices will work and others won't. Explain that you have a budget you need to keep so they might not get everything they want. As long as their ideas fit into your overall interior design scheme, allowing kids to make some choices ensures they won't want major changes later.


Know Your Project Scope

Whether it's a new build, a total renovation, or a refresh, decide how much of your bathroom will include natural stone.

Some bathroom projects using this material will be easier, less costly, and faster to complete than others. Calculate how much time the project will take, and how long you are willing to be without a bathroom, especially in a busy household.

"To be without a bathroom for an extended time is a real inconvenience for most families," says Matt Laliberte, vice president at Ripano Stoneworks in Nashua, NH.

If you're refreshing or renovating your bathroom in stages, consider a countertop replacement. "A countertop is very easy to change and most fabricators will replace a laminate one with natural stone," explains Laliberte.

Consider Natural Stone In Other Rooms

You'll want the natural stone used in your kids' bathroom to complement what is already in your home or may be used in the future. Sometimes, what's in the rest of your house depends on where you live in the country.

"I live near the beach and very green mountains, so I see a lot of green and blue stones in homes," says Suzanne Morosoli, General Manager of Pacific Shore Stones in Arroyo Grande, CA.

For resale, you'll benefit from choosing natural stones that are popular in your market. "Natural stone trends can vary by region," explains Morosoli.


Teach Kids Good Care Habits

From toothpaste and juice when they're little to makeup and acne wash when they're teens, many stains can occur in the bathroom.

Toothpaste and acidic liquids can etch or remove the luster from certain natural stones. Spills should be cleaned up quickly to prevent damage to the stone's surface. "Teach your kids to wipe up after themselves," Morosoli says. Humphries agrees: "Make cleaning their bathroom one of their chores."

Your supplier and fabricator will be excellent sources of advice about how to use natural stone. In addition to being passionate about their work, many also have kids of their own and understand the challenges of designing with them in mind. Be sure to ask them any questions you have about choosing the right natural stone for your child's bathroom.

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Why I Use Natural Stone: A Designer's Perspective

by Lisa Samuel ASID, IIDA, CAPS



As a busy interior designer, I cannot begin to express how much I love using natural stone. I have always believed that in my work I must produce a space that radiates more than beauty. If a space does not produce a reaction that evokes the senses in a positive way, then I have not generated my best design. Natural stone is one element that will add to the richness of any space and can help create an important visceral reaction; I believe that this is due to the connected or rooted feeling that natural products arouse in us as human beings.

Natural stone has been used as a building material for thousands of years. Stone is obviously abundant and practical as a resource for building, but it can also be a beautiful addition to interior design. Stones like marble, limestone, travertine, quartzite, sandstone, onyx, and granite are hand selected from the most consistent sources for beauty as well as durability. When I am designing a project, I consider the composition, color, and texture that will suit the design optimally. This thoughtful review results in designs that are distinctive and unique. I have been able to incorporate natural stone in many of my designs.


A menagerie of stone choices are available — choosing the right one can be overwhelming. A licensed interior designer can be a great resource in guiding you through the choices. Be sure to talk to your stone provider about what stone is best suited for your project — they can advise you on the durability and suitability of each stone type for various applications.

In one project, I had an entire length of a hall clad in a quartzite stacked stone veneer from floor to ceiling. The wall intersected a glass pivot door at the home's entrance and again with a glass window at the rear of the home. The quartzite was a great choice, because its crystalline structure reflects and bounces light beautifully and holds up to the dramatic freeze-thaw environment in the high mountain desert climate of Santa Fe.


Natural stone can be used in so many ways and in so many areas of the home. Stone can be used outdoors as well as indoors on floors, countertops, walls, furnishings, tub and shower surrounds, walkways, patios, and fireplaces. Many natural stones can be enhanced by a variety of finishes. In my opinion, some of the most captivating finishes are bush-hammered, leathered, and flamed. The beauty, texture, and feel of these finishes are sublime, and I enjoy the variety of the aesthetic features these finishes can bring out in the stone, resulting in an exquisite, timeless design.

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