Make your home "Marbelous"

Dec 12, 2014

   

 The most sought-after choice for Home Décor

With its regal look, longevity and ease of cleaning, marble remains a popular choice of flooring and interior décor for home-owners. In case you are building or renovating your home, all commercial architects and residential interior designers will always ask you to conduct ample research and consider all available choices before narrowing down on the use of a specific type and finish of marble for a particular room. 
How Marble can work wonders for your Home
When this stone gets a proper finish, it can completely transform the look and feel of your house. It has a luxurious appearance with a distinctiveness of its own that can augment the beauty of your home with its simple application. There are different kinds of marbles that can be used in different forms around the house to give each room a unique appearance. There are thousands of hues in black, brown, green, white, pink and even red which make it difficult for the homeowners to choose the perfect one for their homes. 
Every slab of stone has its own pattern that is called veins and color streaks. Depending upon their pattern, they are classified into:
- Dolomite
- Magnesium
- Calcite
These broad categories are further bifurcated into colors and patterns. Some common types of marble stones are:
Breccia: This type of marble slab has a warm and dark look to it. It is mainly available in deep rep red and brown shade and is ideal for countertops or floors. 
Carrara: This is one of the most common types that are mostly seen in Greek or Roman architectures. Its pure white appearance is pristine and looks perfect on classic structures. Its light weight makes it perfect for flooring purposes. 
Calacatta: This one is often confused with carrara type of marble. Even though they are similar in a lot of ways, their characteristic differences is what makes them unique. Their patterns have a similar look but unlike Carrara,  Calacatta has finer and bolder lines. Its warm hues are inviting and make the room look warmer. 
Limestone: This is one of the most commonly used types of marble. This natural stone is available in beige or tan hues. It is a great choice for bathrooms due to its porous and soft nature. 
While these types of marbles are natural, many homeowners also opt for cultured marbles which are made by a combination of marble dust and cement. Even though they look similar to the natural variant, there are no visible lines or patterns. 
After making a choice of the stone, here are a few things that need to be considered while deciding which marble and/or finish is perfect for each section of the house.
1. While polished marble may look elegant and sophisticated, it can be slippery when wet. Hence, they should be avoided in the bathroom but will make for a great flooring option in low traffic areas such as the living room.
2. Marble is the base component of any flooring so it should not come in contact with anything acidic as there can be a chemical reaction. Avoid using natural marble in kitchen to avoid damaging accidents such as orange juice spill that can tarnish the floor. Also refrain from using harsh cleaners to avoid any irreversible damage.
3. Each slab of stone is unique in its pattern so they can be difficult to match for keeping the design consistent. It is better to first lay out the flooring before permanent installation.