As time goes by and home décor trends change, one thing stays the same: marble tile will always be in style. It’s widely known as the leader of natural stone and has been the go-to building material since the dawn of civilization. However, do you really know all about marble to help decide if it’s the right material for your home? Let’s have a look at all the interesting facts, benefits and tips of marble tile to help you decide!

DIFFERENT TYPES OF MARBLE TILE

Marble tile comes in a wide range of colors making it an ideal choice for accentuating any type of décor. In addition to the various hues available, the differences in vein patterns and grain distinguish each type of marble from one another. No matter which type you decide to install, marble tile adds a timeless visual impact whenever it’s placed. Here are some popular marble options:

Carrara Marble Tile

Carrara marble tile

This is generally white, gray or blue-glue and commonly used in sculpture and building décor. Its veining is more linear and can either be small and fine or soft and feathery, although it can be dramatic. Carrara is one of the most commonly used marbles in homes. Since it can have a stark, pristine whiteness, use it in bathroom to add an airy and clean feel.

Statuary Marble Tile

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A sister stone to Carrara, Statuary marble features a uniform background and light gray tones with distinctive and more dramatic veining. Its semi translucent white background gives it a shiny, glossy feel, reflects light and provides a radiant finish that enhances any room.

Calacatta Marble Tile

calafata marble tile

Often misspelled as Calcutta, Calcata, and Calacata, this marble tile is also commonly mistaken for Carrara marble. Even though Calacatta marble is often quarried in the Carrara region of Italy and shares similarities with Carrara marble, such as their white coloring with gray veining. But they have several distinct characteristics that set them apart. Calacatta marble is generally white with dark veining in large, thick patterns. For some homes, it can add a striking look when paired with stainless steel of a kitchen or the white porcelain of a bathroom. Since it’s rarer than Carrara, many people consider Calacatta a luxury stone.

Emperador Marble Tile

emperador marble tile

Quarried from three regions of Spain, this stone varies from the whites and grays associated with Calacatta and Carrara and comes in different shades of brown. It typically exhibits fine grains with irregular veins. Its darker color makes it an ideal choice for a high-traffic floors of a charming fireplace surround.

Crema Marfil Marble Tile

crema marfil marble tile

Also quarried in Spain, Crema Marfil marble tile comes in many tones. The most well-known tones have a light-beige or yellowish color with uniform backgrounds and irregular veins.

PATTERN IDEAS

Marble is a highly flexible stone with which you can create designs and patterns of your choice. You can have the tiles cut in custom shapes and sizes. The design possibilities are unlimited. But if you like conventional designs then let’s take a look at some of the popular patterns for marble tiles:

Herringbone Pattern

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Herringbone is a beautiful pattern that looks ravishing in any space. It’s made with rectangular tiles. You can create variations of this pattern by using different shades in alternate rows or a dramatic combination of dark and light tiles.

Regular Pattern

A regular pattern is the one in which big sized tiles are laid horizontally. This pattern is perfect for kitchens or rooms that need to look big and airy.

Brick Pattern

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A brick or subway layout is a perfect choice for a patio or a kitchen floor.

Repeating Pattern

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A repeating pattern can create either a simple checkered floor or it can become a dazzling design that can complement the furniture and artwork in your space. Repeating patterns can incorporate a combination of colors that look wonderful.

Bordered Floors

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An old classic marble floor design is a bordered floor. Different color or shade is used for the border which can either cover the whole room or be in the middle of the room covering a small section. Different sizes or shapes can be used for the border as well to make it more distinct. Hallways or entryways can be more defined if bordered with a dark colored marble.

Mosaics and Medallions

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Mosaics and medallions are creative pieces that can express a person’s inner artistic soul. A medallion inlaid in the middle of a hall looks majestic. A beautiful mosaic or complex motif can easily put rugs to shame. Simple geometric design also looks amazing whether in multicolor or a combination of two colors. Creativity in such designs have no bounds.

3-D Effect

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The latest design that has taken the world by storm is the optical illusion floor or the 3-D floor. In this design, different colors or varying shades are used to add depth and dimension to a design—and the results are outstanding!

BEST SPACES FOR MARBLE TILE

From its sophisticated beauty to its renowned radiance, marble tile has long been associated with trendy lavish homes. Installing marble tile can make a statement in your house, but there are some interior spaces that are better suited than others. Here are some of the best places you can install marble tile in your home.

Kitchens

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Marble tile is a continually popular flooring choice for kitchens, as this surface offers a vibrant, high-end look for cooking and dining areas. The smooth and shiny feel of this natural stone can make any kitchen floor look more elegant. While many homeowners and designers choose to install marble tile in other locations beyond the floor, it’s suggested to use caution when considering marble tile for your countertops because it may require more maintenance. This is due to marble tile’s porous characteristics, which makes it more susceptible to staining than other materials like quartz or granite. As for flooring, arguably no other type of material can light up a kitchen quite like marble tile.

Bathrooms

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Whether it’s being used as flooring or as a shower surround, one of the main reasons marble tile is a respected option for bathroom installations is its longevity. Once you’ve properly installed and sealed marble tile in the bathroom, you can put your mind at ease knowing that this type of surface can essentially last you forever (if maintained properly). Plus, to put it simply, marble tile is an ideal way to transform your bathroom from predictable to unforgettable!

Foyers

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First impressions are everything when welcoming new visitors to your home. What better way to introduce your space than with marble tile flooring in your front entryway? Dazzle your guests with an intricate checkered marble tile floor, or accompany your spiral staircase with a polished, cream colored surface.

Hallways

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Hallways are often the most overlooked areas in a house. Once you add marble tile flooring to these areas, you’ll certainly change them from just being an area between rooms to an essential element of your home’s overall design.

 

PROS AND CONS

Marble tile has an everlasting appeal. It’s at the top of natural stone flooring materials in the market, but like any material, there are advantages as well as disadvantages to keep in mind.

PROS

Appearance: Marble floor tiles elevate any space’s décor style. You can mix different colors and come up with a brilliant color scheme and design of your floor or walls. Some of the famous marble colors in floor tiles are: Crema Marfil, Calcatta Borghini, Carrara Venatino, Brescia Sinai, Botticino, Makrana.

marble tile colors

Distinctive and Unique: Since marble is a natural stone, each tile is unlike any other which makes every tile a unique piece that has its veins growing without any consistent pattern.

Eco-friendly: Natural stones like marble don’t require any kind of chemical processing and they prove to be environmentally-friendly as compared to synthetic floor materials which lead to emission of harmful gases and toxic wastes.

Shine: Marble floor tiles can take high dosages of polish while other natural stone tiles can get ruined. You can add as much polish as you desire and the floor will sparkle with glamorous elegance. The shimmering and silky effect of marble floors makes them stand out even in empty hallways.

Density: Marble is a high-density stone, therefore making it an appropriate choice for flooring for areas with lots of traffic or continuous use.

CONS

Easily Scratchable: Marble floor tiles are easily damaged if not properly maintained. They can be damaged from scratches. Even scraping and chipping can ruin the surface very badly. These damages are more noticeable if polish is applied. The only remedy for these damages is replacement of the faulty tiles.

Softness: Marble, like any other stone, is both hard and soft. Even its solid crystalline structure can get dented or smashed after a while, therefore it’s necessary that you get your marble tiles sealed right after their installation. A sealant not only helps in minimizing damage caused by heavy furniture or foot traffic, but also helps in preserving the marble’s polish and refined appearance.

Slippage Hazard: Marble floors are extremely slippery when polished which can cause severe accidents. The hard surface of these floors can even break bones if not careful. Marble should not be installed near pool decks or other areas that can get wet to avoid slippage.

Professional Installation: Marble floor tiles are prone to all kinds of damages like cracks, chips and breakages. It’s recommended that stone professionals, like our Avalon installers, should be hired for the installation.

Expensive: Even though marble floors are the best natural stone floors and most popular with homeowners, it’s also quite expensive. Their per tile cost, installation charges and maintenance costs are higher than any of the other natural stones used in home design. However, it’s worth the investment since they add both elegance and value to your home!

HISTORY OF MARBLE TILE

Marble has been the material of choice for monuments, temples and buildings for thousands of years. It has long been a symbol of tradition, luxury and extraordinary taste. Throughout Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Far East, historic marble buildings remain. The Ancient Greeks used fine white marble to erect some of the most iconic buildings in the world. And after the Greeks, Romans started using marble slabs to clad brick and mortar buildings. It was this innovation that allowed them to erect entire marble cities, in a short amount of time.

Now that we know how famous marble has been used in various famous structures, let’s get into the exact structures it was used for.

FAMOUS BUILDINGS CRAFTED FROM MARBLE

historic marble buildings

So, there you have it, the fascinating facts, tips and a list of the good as well as the bad sides of marble tile. Like we said, though it’s an expensive material to buy and install, it gives back by adding value and elegance to your home–can’t beat that!


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Our design consultants are equipped with the knowledge to guide you through the wide selection of products we offer, and our expert installation team is professionally trained to make sure everything gets installed the way you envision. We know your home is an expression of your sense of style, and we’re here to make sure you’ll be proud of it for years to come.

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