Choosing the Right Marble for Your Home

Marble gives a fresh and bright look to any room, but with so many alternatives today in the market how do you identify the correct one for your homes? Whenever you are remodelling or designing your home carefully consider your vision and then pick the correct marble that you require. But identifying marble itself can be a tough task if one is not well-versed with the basics of interior décor. But you don’t need to take a course just to pick marble, you can just follow some basic steps to arrive at the correct decision.

  1. Identify the source: The first thing you need to do is to identify the source of the marble, check its originality. Marble has become quite popular and combined with counterfeiting techniques. Your supplier might convince you to buy some simple rock instead of authentic marble. The majority of marble comes from four countries in the world, that is Spain, China, Italy and India. Once you establish a clear point of origin for the marble you can easily identify its domestic varieties and alternatives. 
  2. Define your budget: After you have identified the authenticity you can then proceed to choose from options that come within your budget and requirement. Even though marbles might be an investment it is never wise to disregard your budget, as marble could easily cost you a fortune.
  3. It’s personal: Different kinds of marble slabs come with different patterns, characteristics and veining, so when you are choosing you must also look at the aesthetic value of each variety for your homes.  The names/colors/designs of different batches of stone might say depending on the supplier. Here are some types of marbles that you can keep in mind when you are on the hunt for quality marble.
  • White marble

    This variety is probably the most popular one and is preferred by most homeowners for the clean and polished look that it gives to interior décor. And considering the natural pattern and veining it is easier to maintain as wear and tear is not that noticeable with this variety. Some of the popular choices for this variety are Blanco Carrara, Blanco Ibiza, Blanco Macael, Blanco Tranco, Volakas. These come from Italy, Turkey, Spain and Greece.

  • Black Marble

    It is the go-to choice for all homeowners and businesses that are aiming for an edgy and striking aesthetic. Some of the popular options from Spain Greece and Italy are: Negro Calatorao, Levadia, Nero Marquina, Nero Portoro

  • Grey & Cream Marble

    Grey marble also gives a tasteful look to your interiors, and cream marbles are perfect for countertops and tile flooring. If you are against gaudy stones these options are perfect for you. Some of the popular choices for these stones from Italy, Spain, Turkey, Iran, and China are: Crema Senia, Crema Marfil, Crema Valencia, Bardiglio, Milan Grey and Pietra Gray.

  • Indian Marbles

    Some of the popular Indian marbles that you can source locally with striking veining, colours and patterns are: Rain Forest Brown and Rain Forest Green

  • After you have picked the correct type, you need to then choose what kind of finish would be suitable for your home. The are two basic kinds of finish that you can choose from, which are:

    1. Polished- Polished marble might be the most popular choice for most homeowners and businesses as the highly glossy surface is achieved by grinding the surface with a stone polishing machine giving the slabs unmatched in radiant brilliance.
    2. Honed- this finish also uses the same preparation method but lesser in intensity. The surface is grinded to create a smooth flat surface that is not necessarily as reflective as polished marble but is rather more matte in appearance.

    While this might not be an exhaustive list or guide to choose the correct marble for your home, you can always rely on some basic standards to define the parameters of your requirements. In the end the decision is all yours, you can use these guidelines to spot quality marbles for your homes.

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