Interior design ideas: using marble

Sheila Byers Sheila Byers
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You know the great villas of the early twentieth century, those owned by wealthy gentlemen and characterized by detailed, beautiful architecture, marble statues and glossy white floors? Today, with those great manors as our inspiration, we look at five photographs of houses that have make use of marble tiles, opting for this elegant material in the construction of bathrooms, floors or kitchens. When inserted into modernity, marble not only recalls the grace of the past, but it can also give your home a stately and elegant air.

From the geological point of view, we know that marble is a metamorphic rock composed mostly of limestone that is formed through a long process that includes high temperatures and high pressure. Its main component is calcium carbonate, which, depending on the impurities it contains, takes on different colours and specific characteristics. It is thanks to its characteristics and its beauty that this material was the main protagonist in the architecture and sculpture of ancient Roman and Greek civilization. Today we have stopped building entire buildings of marble not only because of the high cost, but also because we prefer to use it in details, especially for walls and floors, giving a touch of elegance here and there.

Marble in the bathroom

This image shows the detail of a beautiful bathroom in an elegantly renovated apartment. As we can see, the sink is made of marble as well as the wall, on which stands a large mirror. Use this material to coat the  bathroom is very stylish and helps to give your home a classic feel. The walls, floors and even toilets can be built using this material for even more sophistication. In addition, marble is resistant to the typical stains that often appear on bathroom walls due to the moisture.

In the kitchen

Here we see the classic kitchen with the benchtops and walls made of marble. This is one of the areas of the house where marble is most frequently used.  First of all, it can adapt match to any style, and, in the second place, despite its poor resistance to acids (such as vinegar, lemon, etc.) marble is very resistant to water, a helpful characteristic in the kitchen. 

How do you clean marble? If the stains are superficial, a bit of water will be enough to eliminate them. However, if water is not enough, you can try to remove dirt by mixing hot water, dish soap and a bit of ammonia. But we have to give you bad news: if the stain is due to acid came into contact with the surface, there is little that can be done.

Luxury

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As you've probably figured, marble is a material that is well suited to luxury environments. In the picture we see a very refined and elegant living area designed. Here the marble is the main element, covering both the floor and the walls. The intricate details in the room, like the chandelier and lines of the shelves and windows, are made even more luxurious by the presence of so much marble.

Ornate details

If you are someone who is not ashamed to show off the luxury inside and outside the walls of the house, then the ornate details in photograph will make your heart beat like crazy. The image shows the pedestal made of marble that supports a large chandelier in a shape resembling that of of a candelabrum. In this private residence, the architecture is almost entirely done in marble: an example of perfect luxurious design.

Tasteful and elegant

This last photo gives an ideas of how well marble works in warm climates, since marble floors tend to stay rather cool. Here we see the dining room of a luxurious Indian villa, characterized by tasteful and elegant decoration. The marble in the flooring alternates with a dark oak: a perfect mix that creates depth and luxury.

Do you have marble in your house? Let us know in the comments!
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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