Marble worktops characteristics include rich colours and veining which gives the finished product a unique and distinctive look. It is a metamorphosed rock of outstanding quality with an extensive range of colour. The different finishes and textures of the marble collection makes marble an ideal application for multiple environments such as bathroom vanity tops, floors and shower/tub applications.

White Italian grey-veined marble from Beltrami.

Brown marble of Indian origin from Beltrami.

White Italian grey-veined marble from Beltrami

Cream Spanish marble from Beltrami.

Brown marble from Beltrami of Spanish origin with light, contrasting veins and flecks throughout.

Brown Indian marble from Beltrami

Golden brown German marble from Beltrami.

Grey marble worktop from Beltrami of German origin.

Black and white marble from Beltrami of Spanish origin.

Green Indian marble from Beltrami.

What are marble worktops used for?

Typically, marble worktops would be used for bathroom surfaces, fire surrounds or for architectural features around the home.

You wouldn't necessarily choose them for installing into a kitchen as the main worktop because marble is such a comparatively soft and porous stone, when compared to granite or quartz etc.

The main strengths of marble worktops are:

  • Unique and natural material.
  • Adds beauty and warmth to any room
  • Works really well as a bathroom surface.
  • Makes an ideal decorative piece.
  • Creates a sense of luxury.
  • Is a hard-wearing material perfect for walls and floors.

The downsides to marble are:

  • Too soft to use as a dedicated kitchen worktop in our opinion.
  • A little too porous to use as a kitchen worktop without regular maintenance.
  • Will chip and scratch more easily than granite or quartz.

So where should you install marble worktops?

Marble worktops are perfect for bathroom surfaces such as vanities, shelves, tiles and floors. The natural beauty of marble lends itself to being installed in spaces where light needs enhancing (white marble worktops) or where sophistication and luxury are desired (cream or dark marble).

Marble surfaces that are normally considered 'worktops' - e.g. 30mm thick polished slabs - make ideal fire hearths, shelves and decorative architectural features around the home, too.

One of the most common uses for marble slabs is to use them as floor tiles, wall tiles, skirting and window cills to provide an elegant look and durable finish.

Another favourite use for marble slabs is to create large pastry boards. The natural coolness of the stone is ideal for use in baking as it helps create great pastry!

Would you never use marble as a worktop material in the kitchen?

Never say never! Marble is a wonderful material but it is very important to understand that it is more prone to staining and marking than other more traditional (kitchen) worktop materials.

If you are prepared to provide the additional maintenance it requires and keep it spotlessly clean then it could be just for you. It certainly is unsurpassed in terms of breathtaking beauty.

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