Marble is a symbol of luxury around the world. Quality marble is in high demand for kitchens, bathrooms, and floors.
30 September, 2022
Marble is a natural stone recognisable for its swirling veins. It is created through the metamorphic crystallization of limestone. This process converts calcium carbonate into calcite crystals, creating marble. Marble is quarried in large blocks before being cut into slabs and/or tiles. Not all marble tiles are made from solid cut marble; engineered marble is a type of flooring created with recycled marble bonded to resin.
Marble has been a symbol of luxury since the first recorded instance of its extraction in 3rd century BC. The Greeks are widely recognised as the first to use marble in construction. Marble was an extravagant material reserved for major structures such as the temple of Olympus, the Theseum, and parts of the Parthenon.
Currently, the most prominent marble suppliers are Italy, China, India and Spain – a group responsible for mining more than half of the world’s marble. Italy is still widely recognised as producing the highest quality luxury marble.
There are many benefits to having marble in your home.
Marble has a few slight disadvantages that may make you think twice before purchasing.
Carrara marble is the most common type of marble. It is recognisable for its bluish-grey tint. Carrara marble is the most affordable marble and is durable enough to be suited for outdoor flooring such as patios, pathways, courtyards, poolside and pergolas. You can purchase the Carrara marble pictured above here from Tile Mountain.
White marble is a classic choice for the modern home. Floors made from white marble are elegant without being overpowering. They generate a haughty cleanliness that you can soften with warm décor or emphasize with icy accents for a bold, sophisticated atmosphere.
Grey can be stunningly beautiful in a home when used correctly. The subtle neutrality of a grey wall pairs well with the extravagance of marble. Feature walls and countertops using a deep grey marble like this are sure to catch the eye.
Black marble takes things a step further than grey with a dramatic, moody appearance. Floors made from black drip with mature sophistication. For a bold and contemporary look consider the deep mysteries of black marble.
Pink marble is a gorgeous choice in any home. Light pink marble has a playfulness that pairs masterfully with the maturity of a marble finish. An accent wall of pink marble tile would make for a stunning addition to a luxurious bathroom.
Green marble tile has a deep mysteriousness that is impossible to resist. Pairing beautifully with gold and lighter shades of pink, green marble creates a sense of secrets and treasure. Green marble has a regal look that commands admiration.
Blue marble is perhaps the most versatile of all marble tile colours. Dark blue marble like the image above projects a sense of strength and duty. Light blue marble, on the other hand, has an air of wistfulness and oceanic wildness. Investigate for yourself the different shades of marble and consider the impression they leave with you.
Kitchen floors are the perfect opportunity for some subtle marble. Marble is elegant, hygienic and has a clean appearance that endears it to kitchen use.
Penny round marble is a type of circular marble tile set together like a mosaic. Purchase the tile pictured above here from Tile Mall.
Kitchen splashbacks are an important part of protecting your walls from water damage over the years. Bringing marble into this space is an opportunity to enhance the class of your kitchen aesthetic.
Another mosaic style of marble tile, hexagonal marble has a vintage charm perfect for bathroom floors or a kitchen splashback. Purchase the marble tile pictured above here from Ca’Pietra.
Subway tiling is one of the most celebrated forms of marble wall tiles in modern kitchens. It provides a naturalistic rawness in keeping with the return of industrial chic. Purchase the tiles pictured above here from E-Mosaic Tile.
Herringbone is a form of tiling characterized by the angular patterns which resemble a fish’s skeleton. It is also common in flooring, but marble herringbone has an attention-grabbing appearance that you can take advantage of as a prominent kitchen splashback or feature wall. Purchase the herringbone marble tile pictured above here from Stone 3.
Mosaic marble has the potential to be the most beautiful of all. All mosaic marble tile has a rugged asymmetry that contrasts and compliments the elegance of the material. This tile cut is the choice to make if you want your walls to be more than protected; with mosaic marble, they become art.
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