Marble tile may be the epitome of classic design, but it also fits quite naturally into ultramodern designs thanks to its timeless appeal. Split-face marble tile can be used to satisfy today's need for texture within design. Texture keeps sleek, streamlined designs—or any design—from appearing too cold or tedious. So where should you use this handsomely rugged, truly timeless material? It's typically used on the backsplash, and tub and fireplace surrounds, but here are five other unusual places to use split-face marble tile:
1. Use It in the Hallway
Why is split-face marble tile ideal for the hallway walls? For starters, hallways typically lack pizzazz and often look more like abandoned tunnels. Textured split-face tile breaks up the monotony. Go with a white or pale option for reflected light, and a clean, airy effect. Then put the rest of the wall space to work by turning the hall into a gallery. Light-colored, varied textured tile makes an especially interesting backdrop for paintings and prints that sit in dark frames.
2. Go up the Stairs
Obviously you can't walk on split-face tile, but what about using it on stairway risers? The interesting separation between treads and risers takes your design up a notch. For instance, consider pairing your split-face risers with low-maintenance, marble-inspired tile, such as River Marble, on the treads. You could also go with easy-maintenance wood-look tile treads. Color and style combinations are virtually limitless when you mix materials, and your guests will admire your creativity.
3. Make a Grand Entrance
Take an average entryway from bland to grand with split-face marble wall tile. This material can protect the lower portion of your walls from the usual scuffs and scrapes, while adding a rich touch. Be savvy about the tile color you choose for this space, and keep in mind that a material that's naturally mottled, modern, and a shade of gray-beige will help to conceal dirt.
4. Dine in Style
It doesn't matter whether you have a formal dining room or an eat-in kitchen, split-face marble wall tile will play up the room's visual appeal. If you're putting marble in a kitchen setting, add a warm, energetic shade as an accent to keep the atmosphere lively. For a separate dining area, you might prefer the relaxing and dramatic look of dark split-face tile that spans from the floor to the ceiling on each wall.
5. Style Your Sunroom
If you're blessed with a sunroom or solarium, make the most of its decor. Imagine how playfully sunlight dances over bits of split, honed, and polished marble between each window. For instance, consider going with Crema Marfil Classico from the Marble Collection.
Split-face marble might sound intimidating, but it's extremely easy to incorporate into your home design plan. Start with these five inspirational ideas, and then head to your nearest Daltile retail dealer for an up-close look at the latest tile and stone options.