Marble has been traditionally used around the world in structures ranging from elaborate palace floors to impressive atrium walls. It is available in an abundant variety of colors and natural patterns.
Marble’s classic look and characteristic veining is perfect for vanity tops, elegant dining tables, offices, flooring, backsplashes, fireplaces, tub decks shower surrounds and walls. The dramatic veining looks spectacular on countertops and marble floors will easily complement most other design elements and themes. Choose a similar pattern/material and color shade on your floors and walls to avoid a chaotic look.
Marble is a crystallized limestone and therefore can be polished to a mirror-finish, which really brings out the depth in it’s color. However, marble polishing is only recommended for counter tops that are lightly used such as a powder bath, tabletop, pass bar or furniture piece, but NOT for kitchen countertops or the wet bar. Why? . . . Marble is made of calcium carbonate, which is reactive with acids (fruit juice, soda, coffee, alcohol, salad dressing, etc.) and will “etch” upon contact with acids. Etching destroys the polish, leaving a dull, light spot. You’ll get these dull spots all over with marble in the kitchen. Though polished marble is very stain resistant, sealing it does not prevent etching.
Great for Bakers: One exception to the “not-for-kitchens-rule” if you are a serious baker. A marble slab is “the” countertop of choice for making dough for pies and bread.
Natural Beauty: So if you love the look of marble counter tops and want to use it in your kitchen, choose the honed finish and always use coasters, cutting boards and trivets to protect against scratches.
Natural Aging: Marble is traditionally left to age naturally by letting friends and family rub “life” into the stone, stains and all. Over the years the marble will absorb stains, the patina will change and the stone will begin to reflect the essential character of your home. This is especially true of marble tile floors, which become more beautiful with age and use.
It’s hard to resist the beauty and the luxurious feelings that marble conveys to any room. Marble countertops and marble flooring will add immeasurable value and years of pleasure to your home.
Stone World offers a wide-ranging selection of marble. We offer 2 cm and 3 cm slabs as well as the full range of tile sizes from 1-inch mosaic tile up to large 24-inch floor tile.