The Beauty of Marble in Your Home

It would be difficult to find any stone more beautiful than marble. That’s why it has been used for centuries in so many different applications. For a long time, there were many commercial uses of marble, but not that many in personal residences. Part of this had to do with the cost of the materials. These stones create interesting designs for walls and highlight areas that draw attention to some other feature of the home or office. The range of marble colors is only limited by the imagination of the installer. The effects of tumbling can be very pronounced or just a slight variation of the stones as they were to begin with. An antique stone is tumbled for only a short time, whereas a glossy, mirror-like finish requires running the tumbler for much longer. The grit size of the abrasives used has a bearing on the finished stones also.

Marble In Bathrooms by Allied Stone. Giallo Crystal Marble

Some of the places to use tumbled stones:
  • As ground cover leaving a pervious surface but placed closely enough together to serve as a walkway
  • As highlights around ponds or areas of landscaping
  • As accents on walls as backsplashes
  • As tub surrounds and bathroom walls
  • In fireplace surrounds
  • In custom tiled areas
Marble makes an excellent pool deck, as long as it isn’t finished too smoothly. Tumbled stones that leave a profile on the face of the stone are best. A good installation would have rounded edged marble in use as bull nosing around the pool itself. Another nice touch is to use the rounded marble for the steps leading into the pool. Smoother tiles typically are used for the coping inside the pool. Marble and similar stones do not get as hot as concrete does in the sun, so a marble surface is more comfortable for the bare feet of swimmers and sun bathers.

Common Places to Find Marble

One of the more common uses of marble in the home is as a window sill because it makes a wide, attractive place to sit plants and home decor items. Marble is found quite often in churches for window sills as well. Residentially, small floors such as those in an entrance foyer or small bath are traditional places to find marble. Most authorities agree that marble is not a suggested product to use in heavy traffic areas such as public commercial buildings. Walls and vertical surfaces are much better places to use marble because it doesn’t take the abuse that it does underfoot, and there are fewer chances of acid falling on it and causing damage. Commercially, it is common to see marble at elevators, surrounding the ingress and egress doors. This sometimes continues to the exterior where marble is used to highlight areas in the outside walls. There are many kinds of stone that are used in similar areas as marble. Some of them are harder and don’t react to acids, but none are any more beautiful than marble. It will add another dimension to any room where it is installed.