For centuries, marble has been used in building and construction to add that element of elegance and a certain tastefulness. It is used for walls, floors and even accenting foyers and patios. This mainly because no two marble tiles are alike, and the patterns, texture, and colour variation is very appealing for adding regal stylishness to a house.
When used on walls, marble tiles have a spectacular effect, and in certain instances completely transforming the house. The limits to what you can do with this amazing stone in your house are as far as your imagination goes. When executed right, marble on your walls is truly incomparable to any other stone. If you are considering working with marble in the walls, here are some of the ways you can use marble to completely change how it looks:
Simply on a wall
This works best in open spaces such living rooms and house entrances. It can be used to convey different things, depending on the colour of the tiles, its finishes and vein definition. When looking to add an illusion of space for instance, it is best to work with light coloured tiles from the Carrara and the Calacatta marble. These add a particular airiness with their gleaming white facades and unique grey veining. Fir best results, the tiles should be large or even in slabs, with minimal grouting distance. This gives a sense of continuity in the tiles which is essential. The reflectiveness of the tiles when hit by light is what gives off this desired effect.
Tiles with darker hues are used to give a room an element of calmness. This is why they are ideal for bedroom walls. Tiles with darker shades of brown for instance give a welcoming feel and in the bedroom, reflect off the warm lights typically used there to create an atmosphere that lulls you to sleep instantly. In the kitchen, tiles with hues of green and emerald are popular. These give off a feeling of sophistication, transforming your kitchen into a magical place.
As a splashback
Marble splashbacks are all the rage nowadays. The beauty of having a marble splashback is that it is easy to clean and does not require a lot to maintain. It is also resistant to staining in case of any spills, whether in the kitchen or the bathroom. It also lets you play around with the great variety in design, with the option of either matching the existing colour designs, or playing with contrasts. Against a white backdrop for instance, using a strongly coloured marble tile will have your kitchen looking chic. The splashback’s effect looks like something which should be on a magazine cover.
In the bathroom
Marble tiles have different applications on a bathroom, such as being used as a splashback on the sink, and most importantly on the bathroom wall. They are used as tiling, since marble is not known for its porosity. This makes it perfect for the bathroom, which at all times will be heavy with moisture and condensation. Marble is also a very easy material to clean, a quality that is very desirable since bathrooms require regular cleaning.
It can also be used to bring about a splash of colour in a room that is regarded as a utility room and in most cases, not considered when thinking about beauty. Depending on your end game, you can either use lighter shades of marble or the darker ones. Lighter shades of marble are used to add a layer of sophistication to the bathroom, while darker shades bring about an element of relaxation.
Over the years, interior designers have come up with various ways of using marble as decoration. Among the most popular uses are feature walls and accents. With feature walls, marble is used as a decorative centre piece, and it pops out best in a room where the rest of the walls are made of a different material. The best contract is when it is used in a room with slate, as it adds flair to the room without being garish.
Marble is also used to accent different parts of the house. It has been used to create intricate patterns around window sills and murals in a house, especially one with a rougher finishing. It has also been used as a border to accent a fireplace, as it reflects the dancing flames to create a hypnotic effect.