Common Marble Applications: Marble is commonly used in tile floors, kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, wall tiles, and even columns.
Marble was once considered among the most opulent flooring choices one could have in their home. But as time has passed, marble has become far more popular, and less seen as a status symbol than it once was. Marble is a natural stone meant to add beauty to a room, whether it be a kitchen, bathroom, entryway, or anywhere that seems fitting. If properly finished, marble will have a lasting beauty that creates a serene space for you to enjoy.
When deciding on which marble will be the correct choice for you it is important to consider many things, your budget not being the least of which. Marble can vary greatly, not only in look and feel, but in cost as well.
Five Distinct Types of Marble
- Veining. Veining marble features small veins of color throughout the stone. These veins appear in a variety of colors from the rather plain black and white to much more exotic colorations you probably can’t even imagine until you see them.
- Gloss. A gloss finish on marble tiles is a byproduct of polishing the material to a high luster revealing a shiny, reflective surface. This type of marble tile is generally used in entries and foyers to give an impactful first impression of the home.
- Tumbled. The tumbling process produces a finish that is more akin to a natural stone finish. The product takes on a more natural look with no shine and a soft, creamy appearance with absolutely no shine to it what so ever.
- Etching. Etching is less a style than a byproduct of having marble tile flooring. Etching is a result of wear, mostly foot traffic. An etched finish (repurposed marble) on new marble tile flooring is becoming more and more popular.
- Honed. Honed marble features a matte or satin type finish. Honed marble floor tiles will have an earthier feel to them and is becoming very popular, giving less feeling of ostentatiousness than marble tile flooring with a high gloss finish. Honed marble is perhaps the least susceptible to etching of all the marble floor tiles available.
Different Kinds of Marble
- Breccia. Breccia is known for its light tones, typically pale pink, beige, red, and white. Basically, the color class of breccia will be consistent, but will vary per slab. You’ll have a warm marble option that will brighten a room and create a homey appeal. It will fit in perfectly as a floor or countertop with surrounding warm colors.
- Carrara. Carrara marble sports a white base with gray veining. That is the classic marble look. You walk into a home and see the white/gray marble floor and you immediately assume the homeowner lives in the upper class. Carrara screams luxury! Carrara is one of the lightest colored marble stone types available on the market today.
- Calacatta. Calacatta is rarer and is therefore more expensive. It is also bolder than carrara. The veins are darker and more defined. Rather than light gray, the veins are typically a dark gray and often black. The strength given off by calacatta marble is unmatched. The surface type will without a doubt grab everyone’s attention.
- Talathello. Talathello marble is a very common floor type (at least, compared to other types of marble). It represents the colors that often come to mind when one thinks of natural stones—grayish/brownish. It looks great in polished and honed forms and will easily fit in with its surroundings. The marble types will welcome a warm and cold color scheme. It will nicely compliment a kitchen or bathroom filled with brown or black accent colors. It will also stand as the perfect base design for spaces with lighter accent colors such as yellow or beige.
- Emperado. Emperado marble is best described as robust and vigorous. It is very veiny, and the veins are very random. Emperado is a busy design; therefore, most homeowners like it in moderation. It’s perfect for a bold countertop, but it may be too busy to use as a floor type. The marble type can be found in different shades. Some slabs will weigh on the gray scale, while other on brown or black scales.
- Black Marble. If you really want to go bold, go with black marble. Black marble will give your kitchen or bathroom a mesmerizing appeal. It will single-handedly take over a space and visitors will not be able to turn their attention away from such a strong, engaging material. The marble type is commonly used as a countertop.
Marble is porous, meaning it is vulnerable to permanent stains. It is also more prone to chips and cracks as it is a less-durable stone.
It is the marble design that triumphs any negative qualities. Marble is beautiful. It is a timeless look that can truly make a kitchen stand out. Moreover, marble can be easily shaped to make a homeowner’s kitchen design exactly as he/she wants it.