Marble is a stone that you can count on to heighten the class of any room. If you’re looking to add a touch of luxury and sophistication to your kitchen, bathroom, or home in general, it’s likely that marble is the first material that comes to mind that can aid you in that mission.
This stone has many different variations, colors, patterns, and styles, which makes it just as versatile as it is timeless. And the upscale reputation of marble automatically increases the resale value of your home, meaning that you will always get out of marble what you invest into it.
While marble is a softer stone than other natural stones like granite or quartzite, the fragility of this stone only adds to how much people treasure it. Because it’s something that has to be handled with a certain degree of care, our customers understand that it’s not a material that can be taken for granted.
Just because marble is a bit more delicate doesn’t mean that it’s a flimsy material, though. As long as you make sure to seal it regularly and clean it with the right materials (stay far away from acidic cleaners), your marble has the potential to last for decades in your home.
Black and white are the most common variations of marble, and they’re what you typically think of when the stone enters your mind. Because these two shades are seen most frequently, many people don’t know that there are other types of marble available—and that’s just what this article is here to get into.
In this article, Sanford Granite has put together a list of the most popular styles of granite and all they can bring to the table if installed in your home. We consider ourselves experts on marble here in Sarasota, and nothing brings us more satisfaction than sharing that expertise with you.
Carrara marble is the most common type, and it also happens to be the most common variation of marble for people going through kitchen and bathroom remodels. Our customers also like to use it for much more than just countertops—they choose Carrara for flooring and walls as well.
It’s originally sourced from the regions of Carrara and Tuscany, Italy, and is known for its beautiful white color. There are other less common variations of gray and blue-gray that can be found as well, and all shades are known for their elegant and feathery veining.
This type of marble is yet another popular choice—coming in second to Carrara (and sourced from the same place). But whereas Carrara is soft and muted, Statuary makes a statement. It’s known for its dramatic and bold designs with its high shine and reflective surface. At times, it can even look translucent with its fine gray veining.
Calacatta marble can sometimes be mistaken for Carrara marble because of its similar looks. Both stones are white, but Calacatta is pure white with thick, dark gray veining, while Carrara is known for its more delicate look.
Originating from the Apuan Mountains, Calacatta is also rarer than Carrara, which makes it more expensive.
Crema Marfil Marble
This variation of marble is a neutral option, but not in the sense that it’s white. It comes in warmer colors like beige and yellow, and it has irregular veining throughout the stone. If you’re looking to warm up a room, Crema Marfil marble is the way to go. It originates in Spain and is not too rare, which makes it affordable compared to other types of marble.
Nero Marquina Marble
This type of marble is pure black with a fine grain, and it originates from Basque Country, Spain. Its veining is white and can sometimes look even more prominent than the black base, begging the question of whether your marble is white with black stripes or black with white stripes. Depending on the room you’re using it in, different variations of this color pattern could end up serving you.
This is yet another affordable option for marble—it’s a well-loved stone that won’t burst your budget.
Before talking to us, many of our customers think that there’s only one type of marble and therefore not many choices. At Sanford Granite, that’s a thought process that we’d like to continue to debunk. If you’ve got questions about marble or would like to take a look at our showroom, give us a call at (407) 495-1243.