Bathroom Countertop Material Options
The range of bathroom countertop material options can be somewhat overwhelming, but choosing the right material for your bath space is an important aspect of bathroom design—the style, durability and cost of your chosen material are all key considerations.
Tech Savvy Bathroom
For this stunning bathroom, designer Candice Olson of Candice Tells All pulls out all the technology stops, including heated flooring, a steam shower and a remote-controlled toilet that features a nightlight, bidet and even a self-cleaning function. Large square tiles form the wall behind the freestanding tub adding glamorous sparkle. Candice brings character to the room by repurposing the homeowner's dresser as the vanity.
Luxurious Gray Retreat
Cool and chic, this master bathroom designed by Sarah Richardson of Sarah's House mixes marble with other nature stone elements. A pair of sleek hexagonal mirrors hang above a custom double vanity while a freestanding tub brings a contemporary feel to the space.
This bright and airy master bathroom is a true retreat away from it all. A glass enclosed shower and two floating vanities allow the eye to flow through the space. The wow factor is a curtain of crystal-like beads used to create a waterfall accent wall around the window. Design by Candice Olson.
Open Bathroom Retreat
Contractor Chip Wade of Elbow Room turns an attic into a breathtaking master suite with a sleek bathroom that opens up to the bedroom. The centerpiece of the room is a freestanding tub, which is flanked by matching his-and-her vanities. Behind the curtains is a large walk-in shower and extra dressing area.
For this swanky bathroom, contractor Stephen Fanuka of Million Dollar Contractor uses marble throughout the space for pure luxury. To create a high-end, seamless look, he meticulously selects the cuts of marble so the veining lines up from the floor to the tub surround to the backsplash.
Modern Design, Modern Conveniences
This modern bathroom feels like a soothing spa. Designer Candice Olson of Candice Tells All fills the space with luxurious amenities, including heated flooring, a deep soaker tub and two-person rain showerhead. For wow factor, Candice hangs faceted chains as a window treatment behind the tub.
Designer Sarah Richardson of Sarah's House brings in incredible soft, filtered light with a skylight above the tub. A vintage table is transformed into a vanity with a marble top. For the bathroom flooring, luxurious marble is honed and sealed so it's not slippery and will last forever.
Bring on the Marble
Carrara marble is used throughout this entire bathroom for an upscale look. To create dimension and texture, designer Dina Manzo of Dina's Party uses different cuts of stone: subway tile, hexagon, mosaic and pencil pieces. Custom tone-on-tone wallpaper matches the gray and cream hues in the marble for a cohesive look.
Clean and Bright Tiles
A double-wide, glass-enclosed shower designed by Drew and Jonathan Scott of Buying and Selling is the centerpiece of this simple yet elegant bathroom. Large cream-colored tile on the lower half of the shower contrasts against the small glass tiles used on the floor and top of the shower. The clean, reflective surfaces of the tile make the entire bathroom brighter.
Designer Sarah Richardson of Sarah's House creates a family-friendly bathroom with a classic blue-and-white palette. For an updated country style, she repurposes a pair of antique chest of drawers as vanities and hangs cheery checked curtains. A deep soaker tub with a modern silhouette brings a freshness to the space.
Custom designed architectural details frame the freestanding tub in this brilliant blue bathroom. Contractor Chip Wade of Elbow Room brings in a sisal area rug and jute rope accents to add a natural and beachy touch to this contemporary space.
Old World Bathroom
In his family's home in northern Italy, designer Brian Boitano of The Brian Boitano Project transforms a dark space into a rustic Italian bathroom. As a nod to the home's heritage, Brian leaves areas of the home's original stone walls exposed while stone vessel sinks and a zinc tub add to the bathroom's Old World feel.
The right hardware takes your bathroom to the next level. Designer Sarah Richardson of Sarah's House selects sleek chrome shower fixtures and faucets for this contemporary bathroom. To create a refined style, she uses glass mosaic tiles in the shower and a marble countertop for the vanity.
Contractor Chip Wade of Elbow Room designs an open floor plan master suite. Hotel-style mirror panels act as a central divider between the bedroom, vanity area and large walk-through closet. The entire space evokes a resort-like feel at home.
Unexpected materials give this bathroom a modern feel. Designer Jillian Harris of Love It or List It, Too pairs a square vessel sink with butcher block countertops. Striped floor tiles ground the space and lead to a large walk-in shower.
Striking Tile Design
A tight space doesn't mean you have to skimp on style. Contractors Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri of Cousins on Call make a big impact in this small bath by installing glass tiles in varying shades of blues, grays and black from the floor to ceiling.
Wall of Glass
This long, narrow master bath, as seen on HGTV's Million Dollar Rooms, is designed to provide a virtual outdoor experience, creating the impression that the space is open to the outside. The seamless glass windows that form the outer walls allows natural light to brighten the space, while also providing a gorgeous view.
Surrounded by Stones
As seen on HGTV’s Million Dollar Rooms, this serene master bathroom is made for relaxation with a freestanding soaking tub surrounded by smooth stones. The wall-mounted shelf next to the tub frees up floor space and maintains the room’s open, airy feel. Natural light streams in through a large window.
Neutral Yet Ritzy
This master bathroom designed by Stephen Fanuka of Million Dollar Contractor features luxurious hand-painted wallpaper and a custom Carrara marble shower. Even though the materials have varying textures, he keeps the look clean with a monochromatic color palette.
A custom shower designed by Chip Wade of Elbow Room features floor-to-ceiling rectangular tiles and a spa-inspired floor made from exotic ipe wood. The wood helps break up the tile used throughout the bathroom and adds warmth to the space. A recessed nook blends seamlessly into the tile while providing much-needed storage.
Clean and Contemporary
Dark gray floor tiles provide a strong contrast in this otherwise bright white bathroom. Tarek and Christina El Moussa of Flip or Flop use glass tiles in the shower for a high-end, custom look. A quartz countertop is paired with shaker-style white cabinetry for a chic, modern vanity.
Marble takes an ordinary bathroom from bland to brilliant by bouncing the light around to make even a small bathroom feel much brighter and more spacious. Contractor Stephen Fanuka of Million Dollar Contractor uses oversized marble tiles on the floor and in the shower to create this lavish bathroom.
If you're sticking to a budget for your bathroom install or remodel, understanding the range of materials available for bathroom countertops and their respective pricing tiers will be extremely important. Choosing countertops for bath spaces can be driven almost entirely by your style preferences, whereas kitchens—which require materials with much more functional efficiency and durability—require a different set of considerations.
Granite is at the top of the price and quality scale for bathroom countertop material options. This beautiful, incredibly durable stone is easy to clean and highly resistant to damage.
Manufactured quartz is another beautiful, durable, high-end option; it can imitate the look of various stone types, including granite.
Tile can be a great choice for a bathroom countertop if you're comfortable cleaning the grout lines. Larger tiles are now available that will reduce the amount of scrubbing you'll have to do, and choosing tiles with darker grout lines will help disguise staining over time.
Solid surface materials are another great budget option that can faithfully reproduce the look of stone.
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