Why Marble Might Be Wrong for Your Bathroom

Marble TileMarble has been used by master craftsmen throughout the ages to adorn palace floors, ceilings and walls. Although it was once a show of wealth and power, today marble tile is making its way more and more into everyday homes — bathrooms in particular — all over the world.

The question is, should it?

Because there’s a finite amount of marble in the world, it’s become more difficult to find quality marble for a home design project. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of this beautiful material, and some things you should watch out for when you’re considering putting it in your bathroom.

Marble basics. Marble is a metamorphic rock that’s been used for thousands of years. Each piece of marble is different — the variety in veining and coloring is often considered its best trait. Marble tile can have an even or less uniform look, depending on the type and quality of marble you purchase. Most high-end marble has a very even color palette with soft veining. The look — like in this shower — is elegant, soft and uniform.

This installation has a marble with a more pronounced vein (most likely Calacatta) for a less uniform look. This can be just as appealing, due to the unique shapes and details that the stone creates.

Marble is very easy to work with. It is a softer stone that can be milled, machined and tumbled, which means it can have multiple uses. This bathroom has full slabs of marble for walls, counters and flooring, and then smaller pieces for the crown molding and door casing details.

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