The Many Uses of Marble

Slick and smooth, or tumbled and rustic, marble comes in many different forms. While traditionally marble has long been used in formal or classic settings, this versatile stone makes a statement no matter where it’s installed, from contemporary entryways to elegant master bathrooms.

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Marble in its purest form is made of mostly calcite. It’s formed from limestone that has been compressed and heated to the point that it changed composition. During this process, the stone also randomly took on other minerals, which gives marble its beautiful color and veining. There are so many different colors and vein styles for marble, in fact that it’s nearly impossible to find two pieces that look exactly alike.

It’s this variation that lets marble work in so many different settings. Marble with dramatic, varied veining might look out of place in an elegant, formal setting, but that same marble cut into oversized tiles makes a dramatic statement in a contemporary home.

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In addition to the thought that marble can only be used in traditional or classic settings, there are several other myths that surround the stone. For example, polished marble is not all slippery; the sealers that protect it also make it slip resistant, while its porous surface grabs wet feet in bathrooms and holds them better than polished porcelain or glazed ceramic.

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Marble is also heat resistant, which makes it ideal for some kitchen settings. It can stain and scratch, however, developing a patina over time. Homeowners need to be accepting of this if they plan on using the marble in settings where it will get exposure to acids, alkalines, and sharp instruments such as kitchens. Sealing your marble and washing it with a PH neutral cleanser will help to protect it and keep it looking its best.

No matter where it’s found, marble’s natural appearance and variation make it the centerpiece of the room. Plan its use carefully and take the time to protect it; in return it will light up your home.

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