Let’s Chat About Marble for Your Home
Stunning marble flooring broke ground with its glistening features, but it didn’t start out that way. It all started with limestone. A dense opalescent stone was created after years and years of immense heat and pressure along with a bit of elbow grease to shine it up. Now throughout the world, marble is in high demand for countertops and flooring. It elevates any space in the home from basic to posh with any marble element.
Let’s dive into the different types of marble, shall we?
Marble Type #1:
Used in the ancient times of Greece and Rome, this type of marble ranges from light to warm to off-white tones with light grey to bluish-grey veining. The pattern transcends to appearing soft and feathery. It’s known as the “Italian marble”. It was very popular in sculptures, statues, and beautiful building accents. Now, it can be used in the very comfort of your home as a killer island statement piece.
Want the high-end luxurious vibe, then let’s talk about this marble. This type of marble has brighter white tones than the previous marble we discussed. The veins are thick and here for all the drama, and the vein hues range from gold, brown, tan, and dark grey. This enables the marble to have a very diverse and contrasting look. This is perfect for an intimate bathroom or sheek kitchen + backsplash.
Looking for something with a bit more warmth for a boho chic vibe or a dark mod look, then this marble is the way to go. The shades are a bit deeper in color including warm golds, bronze tans, deep browns, and reds. The dark grey and black veining can create super unique and ornate swirl designs or bubble-like outlines.
Shine or Not to Shine?
This tends to be on the higher end of popularity for flooring with a high-glossy shine. By polishing, this will enable the veining in the marble to be more apparent and gives it that luxurious sheen. Polishing is coated to enable less susceptibility to staining. Yet, because of the shiny look, scratches, dings, and minor damages become more apparent. So care and attention will need to be kept in mind. In addition, this type of marble comes with a “caution” sign because it’s slippery when wet.
This marble stone has more of a matte finish with velvety feel after being grounded down to a smooth and flat surface. It has more durability with a higher resistance to scratches since it is not as reflective with the matte finish. Yet without it being polished, it has a higher risk of stains. This is amazing for high traffic areas like entryways, steps, or even sleek mod counter-top. Makes it perfect for areas where falling is not ideal.
Got a Mess? Here’s Some Helpful Cleaning + Care Tips
1. All marble needs to be sealed to maintain it’s gorgeous look, and it will need to be routinely resealed too. This enables it to keep from being stained from red wine, tomato sauce, and more. Please note honed marble will need to be sealed way more frequently than polished.
2. Because marble is not as tough as granite, imperfections from everyday life will happen. Dings and chips may become likely overtime with an accidental smash of a skillet handle or a drop of heavy jar.
3. Since all marble is porous, you will want to clean up any spills or messes right away to avoid staining. You will want to clean using a nonabrasive cloth and/or sponge along with only using a mild soap, like dish soap, and water.
4. To help prevent scratches and imperfections on your marble, you will want to take a few things into consideration. For countertops, you will want to ensure you are always using a cutting board. Then for flooring, it is recommended to remove shoes or no harsh shoes such as stilettos, work books, cleats, etc.
Regardless of which marble you select along with the finish, just have fun with it and make sure it’s you and your lifestyle. There are no rules, and mix + matching is always fun!