The marble is the stone for those who want to print sophistication, refinement and good taste to the decoration. There are several types of marble on the market and each of them will fit better in one style of home than in the other. If you have already decided on the marble, but you are in doubt which one to choose, then keep following this post. Let us clarify all your doubts about the marble, its main features and present you the most common and used types of this stone, as well as the prices of each type of marble.
Main characteristics of marble
Marble is a type of metamorphic rock, that is, derived from another limestone rock and that has suffered with high temperatures and pressure throughout the centuries. The largest deposits of marble are found in regions that in the past were marked by the strong presence of volcanic activity.
Over time, the rock began to be exploited and marketed as a symbol of status and power. For many centuries, the marble stones decorated palaces and served as material for sculptures of great artists. Times have changed, and now the largest applications of marble are in the kitchen and bathroom, especially in countertops. But it is still possible to see the stone being used as flooring and flooring.
The marble has also become popular, being used more democratically, but still, it has a higher cost than other types of finishing, such as granite, for example.
Most marbles have European origin, especially from countries like Italy, Spain and Greece, but it is also possible to find national marbles. In this case, the price of the stone reduces significantly, staying on par with some types of granite.
Differences between marble and granite
And speaking of granite, do you know how to distinguish one stone from the other? The main difference between them, besides the price, is the appearance. The granite has a more granulated and dotted texture, while the marble has marks that resemble veins, in addition to having a more uniform coloration.
Another striking difference between stones is resistance. Granite has a higher degree of hardness than marble, making it more resistant. Porosity is also an important difference between the two. Marble is more porous than granite, which means it absorbs more moisture, being more prone to staining and wear.
Types of finishing for marble
The finish given to the marble changes according to where it will be placed, this guarantees the durability and beauty of the stone for longer. Check out the most used finishes for marble:
- Polishing : Want to ensure extra shine for your marble? So, the polish is the right finish, since it ensures gloss the surface. However, it is not suitable for wet areas, especially outside locations, as the stone tends to get very smooth.
- Gross : If you prefer the natural aspect of the stone, you can choose to leave the marble in its raw state, the way it was found in nature.
- Shot : This finish is indicated for the use of the marble in external areas, since the blasting creates a rough layer on the stone leaving it less smooth.
- Levigado : Finishing that gives the marble a smooth appearance, but without gloss, through the sanding process.
- Crystallization : If the intention is to use marble as floor, then the tip is to pass it through the process of crystallization. This finish creates a film on the stone, making it more sturdy and durable.
- Resin : For damp places such as bathrooms and kitchens, the ideal is for the marble to be resins. This finish consists of the application of liquid resin on the stone that is then polished. Thus, the cracks and the natural porosity of the marble are closed, avoiding that it will stain with the time.
Know now the main types of marble found in the market
Check out now the main types of marble, its main features, prices and inspiring photos of designs decorated with the most diverse types of marble.
Of Italian origin, the Botticino marble is very old. Its main use is in works of art and as floor and flooring. The main color of the Botticino marble is the light beige, while the veins are marked by a darker color tone. The price of Botticino marble can reach $ 850 per square meter.
Picture 1 - Tone of the Botticino marble in perfect harmony with the cabinets of the kitchen.
Picture 2 - In this image in which Botticino marble coats the whole wall it is possible to notice the marked veins of the stone.
Picture 3 - Clean, elegant and sophisticated kitchen with the Botticino marble countertop.
Picture 4 - Floor in quadric format reveals all beauty of Botticino marble, no matter where it is being used.
Picture 5 - Modern visual room gained sophistication and refinement with the presence of Botticini marble on the floor.
Picture 6 - Mármore Botticino coating all external facade of the house.
White Carrara Marble
The white Carrara marble is one of the best known. In the Renaissance period, Michelangelo used the stone for his sculptures. The white color predominates on the surface highlighted by the marked veins in dark gray. The biggest disadvantage of this stone is its high porosity, being inadvisable the use in external or very humid areas. The square meter can reach R $ 900.
Picture 7 - White bathroom coated with white Carrara marble; the golden details gave more refinement and sophistication to the environment.
Image 8 - Minimalist kitchen with carrara white marble floor.
Picture 9 - The Carrara marble was installed inside the box in rectangular pieces forming a zig zag in the wall; The rest of the bathroom follows with the same marble.
Image 10 - Mix of materials: Carrara marble and wood; both have the characteristic of sophisticating the environments, although they are so different from each other.
Picture 11 - Luxury touch in the room: table top and side tables in Carrara marble.
Picture 12 - Slightly rustic, highly exquisite: this kitchen brings the harmonious contrast between white and light wood; the Carrara marble on the wall does not shy away from the proposal, on the contrary, complements it with a dose of sophistication.
Picture 13 - Balcony of Carrara marble: dark shafts harmonize with the tone of the floor and the cabinets.
Image 14 - Wall of the room covered with larger plates of Carrara marble.
Picture 15 - In this room, the Carrara marble is the turn of a panel for the TV.
Picture 16 - Modern and bold design furniture bet on the sophistication of Carrara marble.
Marble Calacatta Gold
If you are thinking of using the Calacatta Oro marble in your home, prepare to shell out a small fortune. The price of the square meter of the Calacatta Oro marble revolves around $ 2800. To recognize the true Calacatta marble notice the veins of the stone. This type of marble is characterized by the white tone of the background and veins in the colors golden and gray.
Calacatta marble is best suited for indoor use because in outdoor areas it tends to stain and wear more easily. Very noble, its use is usually confined to walls, floors and furniture.
Picture 17 - Pure luxury in this dining room! Calacatta marble Oro on the floor and golden details in the furniture to evoke the air of nobility and refinement.
Picture 18 - Golden Tones of Calacatta Oro makes the stone one of the most beautiful among the marbles.
Picture 19 - Where the least is more!
Image 20 - Zig zag effect of the marble on the wall makes it even more beautiful.
Picture 21 - Marble Calacatta Oro contrasting with the earthy tone of the bathroom wall.
Picture 22 - A touch of refinement and elegance does not hurt anyone!
Picture 23 - In internal areas the durability of the Marble Calacatta Oro is greater.
Picture 24 - Countertop and kitchen wall in Calacatta Oro Marble.
Image 25 - Bar counter merged pieces in wood with parts in Calacatta Gold Marble.
Picture 26 - No matter the size, any environment can benefit from the beauty of Calacatta.
Marble Carrara Gióia
Carrara Gióia marble is a sub-type of Carrara marble. The main difference between them is the hue. The Gióia type has an even whiter background with very dark veins. The price between the two types also differ. Marble Gióia can cost up to $ 1000 per square meter.
Image 27 - Discreet but striking presence of Carrara Gióia marble on the bedside table.
Image 28 - Rustic style kitchen has gained ares of refinement with the use of the marble Carrara Gióia on the bench.
Picture 29 - A bathroom - huge - all with it!
Picture 30 - Modern kitchen bet on the use of the marble Carrara Gióia and its veins in the same tone of the cabinets.
Picture 31 - The striking veins of Carrara Gióia marble turn into a work of art when placed on the wall.
Picture 32 - If the proposal is for something more clean and sober, the marble Carrara Gióia can also be a great option.
Marble Cream Ivory
The name of this marble already gives an indication of which is its main color. That's right, the beige. After the white marbles, the beige stones are the most requested and the Marble Crema Marfil stands out. Of very uniform color, Crema Marfil has almost no veins on its surface, being much appreciated to compose environments of clean and neutral proposals.
This is also one of the most resistant types of marble, and can be used both in exterior and interior areas from floor to walls, through counter tops, stairs and furniture.
Given its light coloration, Crema Marfil can stain easily. But this problem can be solved by applying a layer of resin on the stone.
The Crema Marfil marble has a Spanish origin and because it is imported, it costs a little more. Even so, this marble is not among the most expensive types. The price of the square meter of the marble Crema Marfil revolves around R $ 700.
Picture 33 - Notice the uniformity of shades of the Crema Marfil marble.
Picture 34 - A sober and elegant room with marble floor Crema Marfil.
Picture 35 - In this house, the marble Crema Marfil coats the wall and the floor of the external area.
Image 36 - Sophistication of marble with the elegance of black furniture.
Image 37 - The Crema Marfil marble can be used in any environment of the house, giving charm and beauty wherever you are.
Image 38 - Marble Crema Marfil coats the wall where the TV was installed; on the floor the beauty continues.
Image 39 - Marble Brown Imperial.
Marble Brown Imperial
Do not confuse Imperial Maroon marble with granite Coffee Imperial . Both are quite different from each other, the only thing in common is the brown background of the stone. Of Spanish origin, the marble Marrom Imperial has lighter veins, resulting in an almost golden tone. The combination of colors in this marble makes it a very luxurious and sophisticated option to be used in any environment of the house.
The price of the square meter of Marrom Imperial marble is, on average, R $ 900.
Picture 40 - A luxury only this bathroom all covered with marble Imperial Brown.
Image 41 - The predominantly white environment gained an elegant contrast with the Imperial Brown finish.
Picture 42 - Balance of tones in this bathroom: marble countertops in Imperial Brown and walls in tone of beige.
Image 43 - Light reflected in the marble highlights the veins of the stone.
Picture 44 - Kitchen of brown cabinets could not choose another type of marble for the workbench.
If you really want to invest in a black stone, then you need to get to know Nero Marble. This type of marble is characterized by black background and white striking veins. The black color attached to the marble is sure of sophistication and elegance. The average price of Nero Marble, per square meter, is R $ 850.
Picture 45 - All the charm and elegance of the black marble borrowed for this bathroom white background.
Picture 46 - The black strip of marble Nero inside the box confers that indispensable contrast for an all white environment.
Picture 47 - And what about all this exuberance of Nero Marble on the wall of the room?
Picture 48 - Perfect combination for an elegant and cozy environment: black marble and the woodsy cabinets.
Image 49 - Marble Nero hidden behind the closet , but when it appears it reveals all its charm.
Image 50 - Nero Marble Shafts are a true work of art from nature.
The Onyx marble is pure exuberance. It is a type of translucent travertine having the same veined appearance, being formed in springs of limestone. Often it is called only by onyx, however, the term may cause confusion with another stone, that of siliceous origin.
The Onyx marble is one of the most noble and lush. All this beauty reflects on its value. The price of the square meter of onyx marble can range from R $ 1.3 thousand to R $ 3,800.
Picture 51 - Corridor all in marble, but in the background, the onyx type stands out.
Picture 52 - Bedside made of marble Onyx.
Image 53 - Living stone yellow stands out in the white environment.
Image 54 - Lights under the marble highlight the beauty of the stone even more.
Picture 55 - How not to fall in love with this bathroom decorated with Onyx marble?
Image 56 - To receive who arrives, a marble countertop Onyx.
Originally from Greece, the Piguês marble is another option of white flooring for countertops, floors, walls and stairs. Very similar to the Carrara marble, with the difference that the Piguês has more spaced veins, making it more uniform and homogeneous on the surface. The average price of Piguês marble is $ 1000 per square meter.
Image 57 - Discreet, the Piguês marble has few veins.
Image 58 - White Piguês marble contrasts with the dark wall coating.
Image 59 - Modern and sophisticated: Piguês marble does not save charm in decoration.
Image 60 - Piguês marble in clean and sober environment.
Picture 61 - Coffee table won Piguês marble top.
Picture 62 - Modern ambiance has gained charm and sophistication with the Piguês marble flooring.
Marble Travertine Roman
The Roman Travertine, as its name suggests, is of Italian origin. This marble is characterized by longiline veins and light beige coloring. The marble Travertino Romano is one of the most used. The average price of this marble is R $ 900.
Image 63 - Halfway through: a part of the wooden staircase and another part of Travertino Romano marble.
Picture 64 - Bathroom Tub carved in Roman Travertine marble.
Image 65 - On the floor, the Roman travertine marble exudes charm and elegance.
Image 66 - Lighting directed on the marble countertop makes the bathroom even more beautiful.
Image 67 - Roman Travertine was the marble chosen to decorate this room.
Image 68 - Between the rustic and the sophisticated: Travertino Roman marble makes the bridge between the two styles.
Green marble has long been extracted, and for this reason, it is very common to see this stone in older, classic buildings. However, it is still a good choice for current projects, especially for the more sober, neutral and who want to add a touch of class to the environment. This marble is characterized by the green tone in the background and by the veins sometimes white, sometimes in lighter shades of green. There are three types of green marble: Guatemala, Alpi Green and Rajasthan Green.
Picture 69 - Table with green marble top; striking shafts seem to give movement to the stone.
Image 70 - Classic style kitchen with green marble countertops.
Picture 71 - Not so common, the green marble becomes an unusual and daring option for the environments.
Picture 72 - Green marble gives life to the white kitchen.
Image 73 - Hexagons of green marble and white marble decorate this bathroom.
Image 74 - Green marble gives its contribution to the sober and refined environment.
Picture 75 - The natural light reflected off the marble seems to reveal a bluish tint in the middle of the green.