For the first time, Bug in my Home visited the MARMO+MAC 2019 stone trade fair in Verona. It was interesting, even though the fair itself was not intended for designers and architects. Anyway, I was in the neighborhood, so I dropped by. 🙂
And yes, there were many, many stones, mostly marble. Marble, natural, unworked and of rarely seen dimensions.
So, what should you know about marble?
We’re talking about a natural (metamorphic) stone, and marble is typically streaked by veins.
There are no two identical pieces of marble!
So when we use it in the interior, we should bear that in mind and not ‘strive towards perfection’. It’s precisely the imperfection which makes marble perfect! At least esthetically speaking. That’s where it’s invincible!
To get the most out of marble, you need to be familiar with its characteristics. Esthetically speaking, it’s second to none, however, it’s
- porous and absorbing, making it susceptible to stains and acid
- …as well as scratches
- it needs to be maintained regularly; an examination and impregnation at least once a year
- with time, it develops a patina – which doesn’t bother me – all the better, but there are also those who love the eternal ‘brand new’ look!
I believe that precisely these reasons make white marble the most widespread kind. Scratches and stains are least visible on it, especially if it’s particularly veined.
Besides, white marble is truly the best for combining with all styles, colors and materials.
And finally, marble is not a cheap material. I’ve recently seen a film where ‘she’ was complaining about how he’s never home, and ‘he’ was justifying himself by saying that he had to work a lot to pay for her stone worktop in the kitchen. 🙂
Smaller pieces can be found at a better price, especially if they’re part of some larger order, so don’t quit as soon as you hear the price. Be open for alternatives! Find a good contractor and he’ll advise you. Contact me and I’ll be happy to advise you or point you to a verified contractor.
Marble really is versatile enough to look good in any room. Avoid it as a worktop in the kitchen because it’s neither a good nor a practical solution. Historically, it really has been dominant in kitchens, but today it’s been replaced by some other materials (with an identical appearance and better characteristics).
So, for everything else – let it tell its own story! After all, it’s a natural material with a unique appearance!