A Little Bit about Marble

The very brief history… The word “marble” originates from the Greek, marmaros, meaning “a snow white and spotless stone”. Be this as it may, marble can be found in a rainbow of colors.

The use of this stone in architecture dates back thousands of years to ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian cultures. It is a rock resulting from metamorphism of sedimentary carbonate rocks, most commonly limestone or dolomite rock. This process causes variable recrystallization of the original material resulting in beautiful marble rock that is typically composed of an interlocking mosaic of carbonate crystals.

The typical swirls and veins of many colored marble varieties that you are used to seeing are usually due to various mineral impurities such as clay, silt, sand, or iron oxides which were originally layers in the limestone. Some marble can have green discoloration which comes from originally magnesium-rich limestone or dolostone with silica impurities.

Pure White Marble

A pure white stone is the result of metamorphism of a very pure (silicate-poor) limestone or dolomite protolith. Since it is capable of bearing immense weight, this pure white marble was ideal for columns and support structures in temples, churces and other large architectural structures of our past.  Today, you most commonly see this in statues and “luxury” architecture. marble statue, monolithic design.

Marble in Interior Design

At Tiffany Hanken Design, we have been using marble and quartzite (it’s sister stone) in almost every project we do. Marble is stunning in its classical applications and adds luxury to any space that it touches. Just close your eyes and imagine walking into a marble foyer at your favorite luxury hotel. Perhaps you’re ensconced in marble in your dream bathroom…

Many people are scared to use marble materials as it is a little higher maintenance than other natural materials. But fear not! With a little education, you can enjoy marble in any room in your house. Whether your interior design direction is traditional or modern, marble transcends all styles. For this reason, it is one of my favorite materials to use in all spaces.

Examples of Marble in Application

So let’s get on with it. How are interior designers using marble inside home installations? Let me count the ways with a pictorial journey.

Marble Walls

Marble wallpaper in interior design

Marble wallpaper design by Murals Wallpaper U.K.


Marble walls contemporary bathroom

Marble walls in contemporary bathroom design.


Modern Bathroom with marble walls

A modern bathroom with marble wall by Deocoist.com


White Marble Fireplace - Interior Design.

White Marble fireplace interior design by Beeyoutifullife.com


Marble Walls.

Marble Walls. Magdalena, a handmade mosaic shown in polished Shell, Thassos, Dolomite and Afyon White, is part of the Aurora™ Collection by Sara Baldwin for New Ravenna.

The next two images are from an interior design project with marble that was done by yours truly. Below is one view of the marble bathroom. Make sure to click to see the entire 1910 Major Drive Interior Design Project.

1910 Major Drive Interior Design with Marble

Urban spaces interior design project with marble, at 1910 Major Drive.


Marble Fireplace Interior Design.

Marble fireplace at 1910 Major Drive. Minneapolis Interior Design.

Marble Patterns on Floors

Marble floor patterns

Marble floors. Napoleon and Bonaparte, a waterjet stone mosaic, shown in polished Calacatta, Thassos, and Gold Glass.


Marble patterned floor - interior design.

Geometric, marble patterned floors by digsdigs.com


marble mosaic floor - interior design.

Marble mosaic floor design by NewRavenna.com


Marble and Quartzite Counter Tops

Marble counter tops. Interior Design kitchen installation.

Marble Kitchen counter top installation by Beeyoutifullife.com


Marble kitchen interior design ideas

Marble Kitchen Interior Design by Decorpad.com


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