Choosing stone for your countertop, sink, wall tiles or floor in the your bathroom is a great alternative to tile. Stone tends to be easy to take care of, durable and there is a wide variety of options and finishes. The most widely used finishes are polished (high gloss), honed (smooth with squared edges) and distressed (aged look).
The principal non-marble stone types include limestone, slate, granite, sandstone and soapstone, travertine and onyx. Often the granite choice can depend on a wide variety of factors including which bathroom (is it heavily used or just a half bath?), budget, weight (some residences will require support beneath the bathroom to accommodate a large amount of stone), and the combination of other bathroom design elements. Stone offers a great deal of flexibility mixing and matching with wood, glass and even other types of stone. For flooring high gloss stones such as marble will stain easily and also be slippery.