I shower surrounded by marble and I love it. There is something both peaceful and elegant when showering in marble enclosures. Natural stone triggers our body to relax, as does landscape pictures, and other symbols of nature. Marble also gives a sense of elegance that ceramic tile just doesn’t have.
Marble is relatively low priced (compared to granite) and polished marble tiles can be used on the walls of your shower. When having a marble tile shower enclosure installed, I request that my installer uses a very small grout line, just a hair. That way we see more of the natural material and less grout.
One extremely successful option that I recently explored is using entire slabs of marble on the walls of the shower and adjacent walls. With few to zero seams, you really will not ever have a ‘grout problem’ and the result is spectacular. An easy way to go about this is to visit a ‘stone yard’ and look at marble slabs. There will be a wide variety of selections and with it, a wide variety of prices. But some of the most beautiful stones are the most ‘common’ ones and many of those are in the lower price section. Stone slabs come in different thicknesses. 3 cm is for counters, 2 cm can be used for counters OR shower walls. Some slab yards have 1 cm slabs that are specifically for walls. These are even lower priced because they are very thin.
A popular finish for stone is ‘leather’ (it comes in a variety of names). This finish is not polished, and it is not honed. It has a textured ‘hand’ which feels very ‘natural’ and ‘unproduced’ AND it is difficult to stain. Leather finished marble is perfect for a shower enclosure. It has the beauty of nature and the elegance that only marble brings to the table.
So, Who do you shower with? I shower with Marble!