Marble is most commonly used as surface material in bathrooms, backsplashes, flooring, and fireplace surrounds.
Marble is typically used in traditional designs due to its distinct veining, and because it has been used throughout history in many ways, including statues, landscaping, and architecture. The color of marble can vary from bright whites (such as Carrera or Calcatta) to darker tones (such as Emperador dark).
Durability and Maintenance
Marble is one of the most beautiful materials in design, and it only requires mild soap and water or standard stone cleaner to maintain. Like granite and quartzite, the price of marble will vary based on quality and availability. One inexpensive marble option is Carrera, which is readily available and was used by Michelangelo to carve “David.” Emperadors and Eureka Danby are two medium cost marble, and Calcatta gold and Statuario are high-end marbles.
Marble is mostly composed of calcium and dolomite, making it a soft stone and prone to scratching and etching (even from water spots). Marble is also a porous stone, making it susceptible to staining; if you spill anything on marble, make sure to wipe it up immediately. Sealants should be reapplied at least twice a year.
Marble is fabricated and installed the same way as granite, and Drury designers recommend using a highly qualified stone fabricator for careful installation.
Here’s an example of how a Drury designer has used marble in a home design. This bathroom features Carrera marble.