Marble tiles ranging from bright white to cream color are particularly trendy
What began as a behind-the-scenes look at designer shows is becoming more and more apparent: marble has become absolutely trendy! Whether as a floor covering, as a table top, for a worktop, as wall cladding, lamps or simply textiles with marble patterns: marbling is required everywhere.
Renowned designers from all over the world are also designing new creations from this magnificent natural stone, which are then praised in all prestigious home decor magazines. Tiles in beige, gray marble ranging from bright white to cream are particularly trendy.
The colors of marble tiles: more than just white
The marble exists in different colors. From an almost alabaster white to dark brown like the Dark Emperador, nature offers colors to suit all tastes. It is the respective content of minerals and the formation of crystals that are responsible for the differences in color. The various metal oxides produce the famous color palette of marble, ranging from yellow to light brown, from blue to charcoal black, to red and green.
The classic: white marble
Symbol of beauty and purity? White of course!
During antiquity, the timeless beauty of white marble was already pleasing. Even today, white marble and ivory is a requested building material. Thassos marble from Greece and Carara marble from Tuscany are known as varieties in the natural stone trade with private customers. Where does this color come from? In its composition, marble is largely composed of mineral calcite, responsible for translucent white.
It attracts all eyes: black marble
Black marble bathroom worktop: a combination of originality and elegance
Black marble is very modern. Voluptuous, noble and of character: the black marbles are real stones of character, which associate freshness and class thanks to their colors. The Nero Marquina of Spain, with its light mottling, reminds us of the darkness crossed by lightning.
Magic: Jade marble tiles
Exclusive and unusual are the characteristics of green marble. This makes it the ideal stone to bring a design piece to your interior. Green tones are mostly caused by chlorite and serpentine. Varieties such as Rainforest Green have filigree designs and incredible color schemes that leave no marble behind.
The different tile cuts: practical but not only that
Once the natural stone tiles are laid, they display all their charm. The different cutting possibilities play a decisive role. They can play an optical role by adapting to each stone and their patterns. Sawed edges will tend to add a modern look to marble tiles, as the edges are straight and the joint is narrow. If the edges are more chamfered, that is to say that the edges were filed at 45 degrees, the joint pattern seems visually more dominant because the space between the tiles seems larger. The advantage of this cut: During transport and installation, marble tiles are less fragile than those that have not been chamfered.
Marble floors: polishing but not only that!
A varnished surface is the most beautiful finish possible. Several varnishings are necessary to obtain this noble and emblematic brilliance as well as to bring out the structure of the stone. Satin shine can be achieved when the marble tiles are polished.
What about the marble effect?
Most of the time, it is a question of preferences: Should it be natural stone or an excellent reproduction such as porcelain stoneware or other ceramic tiles? The fact is that stone effect tiles are natural products that follow. For example, marble tiles made of marble will be used more often by architects in public places than traditional natural materials. In addition, technical progress makes the optical similarity ever more similar.
Laying marble tiles: Where and how?
It is absolutely not difficult to put marble yourself! Marble tiles generally have a low dimensional tolerance (thickness 7-12 mm, deviation of the slab thickness of about 1 mm) and can be placed on a thin bed. The adhesive mortar should be approximately 5 mm thick.
Since variations in tile thickness cannot be compensated for and differences in height can occur between tiles laid side by side, we advise limiting the application to small and medium formats.
You are not sure if you can put marble tiles in your bathroom, your shower, the kitchen or in the entrance? It is possible! But that depends on every variety of marble. We therefore advise you to contact a trusted specialist seller.
Clear marble tiles – clear joints?
With crystalline stones such as Bianco Carara stone, it is advisable to use clear or white joints. On the other hand, with non-crystalline marbles, gray joints can be laid.
Are marble tiles suitable for underfloor heating?
Surely! Like all other natural stones, marble tiles have excellent thermal conductivity and retain very good heat. The conditions are optimal to combine your marble floor with under floor heating.
Which format and which pose model to choose?
For every variety and every seller, marble is available in many different formats. A classic that is currently in the spotlight are the square formats, such as 45×45 cm or 60×60 cm.
Depending on the format and your personal preferences, you can always define very different accents depending on the installation methods: laying with cross joints has long been considered old-fashioned, but it comes back in the trends. Different methods of laying can bring a dynamic movement to the ground. On the other hand, the laying of polygonal slabs seems too busy for a characteristic structure like that of marble.
Which style is suitable for decoration?
Marble tiles give certain nobility to an interior. Apart from being a noble stone they represent exclusivity and luxury? In addition to these values, the classic style is also characterized by its longevity and high quality. This is also the case with the colonial style. Those who want to counterbalance the noble side of marble will find in the Shabby Chic range, a vintage or used contrast that creates an elegant tension to the natural material.
Most of the time, it is a question of preferences: Should it be natural stone or an excellent reproduction such as porcelain stoneware or other ceramic tiles? The fact is that stone effect tiles are natural products that follow. For example, marble tiles will be used more often by architects in public places than traditional natural materials. In addition, technical progress makes the optical similarity ever more similar.
Sand and polish a marble tile
To fight against lack of sparkle, you can treat your marble tiles by sanding or polishing them. Even scratches, tracks and burns can be alleviated or completely eliminated. However, it is advisable to consult a specialized company, possessing the appropriate know-how and equipment and to ask for advice on the possibilities of cleaning the stone.