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Marble Tile: An Overview and 3 Different Ways to Use It

Posted by Daltile Team on Jun 15, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Marble tile comes in different colors and sizes. It ranges from stark white and ink black to everything in between, and comes in sizes that range from large slabs to small subway tiles. What's more, this tile hails from various countries worldwide, including Italy, Pakistan, Mexico, China, India, and more, making each slab and tile unique.

Marble in First Snow Elegance used on walls floors and vanity

There are many advantages to working with marble. It's easy to work with because it's a softer stone that can be milled, machined, and tumbled. There are also a lot of different types of marble, making just about any tile design imaginable. Here's a breakdown of what to expect from each type of tile, and what the best uses are for marble tile and slabs.

Use Marble Tile on the Floor

One of the most popular designs is the classic black-and-white checkerboard layout, which is often used in entryways, but is also popular for bathrooms, kitchens, and elsewhere. When designing a checkerboard floor, the key is to keep the walls and cabinetry simple so that the floor can really stand out. For an intricate look, you could also try going with a herringbone or basket-weave pattern. These floor designs add detail without overpowering a space. For instance, try pairing Carrara White marble floor tiles with a subtle wallpaper and a glass teardrop chandelier to add a luxurious and opulent feel to just about any room.

Deck Out Your Vanity with Marble Tile

Marble tile is a popular material choice for vanities. It not only looks elegant, but will hold up for years. In bathrooms, marble coordinates especially well with a matching white porcelain sink and bathtub. You can pick up the sink's gleam with glossy white subway tile on the wall and shower stall, and then coordinate a Calacatta Gold tile vanity top with a matching floor for a simple, classic design. If you're designing a master bedroom, you can create a traditional design by matching your marble tile vanity to beaded inset cabinets in a complementary hue. Finish off the look with a stunning marble floor and an undermount sink.

Go with Marble Slab

Do you prefer large gestures over small ones? Consider incorporating a marble slab into your design. Marble slabs are often used as a countertop material or to frame a contemporary fireplace. They can also be used unconventionally. Think about using three slabs to create an innovative shower wall or divider. Put the main slab on the wall with the faucet and showerhead, and frame it with two matching slabs that have a curved cut. Finish off the look with a matching slab on the bathroom vanity. You could also frame the main slab with two slabs of China Black marble, which has strong white veining, and use two glass doors to encase an alcove shower for an unforgettable design statement. Plan to use a slab or a tile with a bullnose edge to create a practical marble shower bench.

Make a big impact on your bathroom design by doing careful research and finding interesting marble that truly stands on its own for an incredible and unforgettable luxurious look. It's hard to go wrong with any of the available tile choices. If you're feeling inspired, head to your local Daltile dealer to check out all the different types of marble in person.


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