Care and Maintenance for the Marble in Your Home

Designing with marble gives your home a classy, sleek appearance. You can enhance the natural elegance of your home with marble inlays. An inlaid design on your marble floors, backsplash, countertops or shower will impress your guests and make you proud of your living space.

Marble needs proper care to shine and stay strong. Use this marble care and maintenance guide to help you care for and protect your marble surfaces for years.

Marble Floor Maintenance Tips

Marble is a timeless, attractive material that can benefit any home. With good marble maintenance, you can protect and get the most out of your investment. Use these marble floor maintenance tips to keep your marble looking brand-new for years.

Use Area Rugs in High-Traffic Areas

In areas with high traffic, use a rug or a runner. You should also wipe your feet off on a mat when you enter the house. For safety purposes, make sure the rug has a non-skid backing.

Rugs prevent the spread of dirt throughout your home, enhancing the overall appearance of your marble floors. For optimal marble inlay floor care and maintenance, you should clean your rug at least once a week. To clean an area rug:

  • Shake smaller rugs outside.
  • Determine the right setting on your vacuum for area rugs.
  • Sprinkle baking soda on the rug to prevent odors.
  • When you vacuum the rug, be careful not to run the vacuum on your marble floors. The plastic or metal attachments on your vacuum can cause etch marks in the marble.

Choose the Right Floor Cleaner

Good marble care starts with regular cleaning. Marble surfaces need regular maintenance to keep them protected and looking fresh. While marble is a timeless material, it’s sensitive to acid. You’ll need to pick your floor cleaner carefully to ensure it won’t harm your marble surfaces. Harsh materials can lead to dull spots called etches, making your marble look worn and old. Avoid using cleaners with vinegar, lemon or orange, as these products could etch your marble surfaces.

You should also avoid abrasive cleaning agents. Products made for granite countertops are too harsh for marble countertops — they’ll wear your marble down prematurely. Even when you’re cleaning the bathroom, you should avoid harsh bathroom and tile cleaners unless they’re specifically designed for marble care.

When choosing your floor cleaner, pick one of these options and keep your floors in good condition:

  • A pH-neutral cleaner: Instead of using acidic cleaners, use a pH-neutral cleaner designed for marble tile. Just look for “pH-neutral cleaner” on the bottle label. When you use commercial cleaners, always read the manufacturer’s instructions on the bottle. Additionally, test any new cleaners on a small, inconspicuous area of your marble inlays before using them to clean.
  • A homemade cleaner: You can also create marble cleaner by mixing one tablespoon of mild dish soap with warm water in a spray bottle. Shake the solution to mix the soap and water together. This homemade cleaner is safe to use on marble countertops after eating and preparing meals.
  • An ammonia mixture with hydrogen peroxide: Only use ammonia when removing heavy stains from your marble surfaces. Your mixture should be mostly hydrogen peroxide with a few drops of ammonia. This can create a bleaching reaction, so avoid using it on dark marble. Ammonia can be toxic when mixed with certain chemicals, including bleach. When cleaning with ammonia, always ensure there’s adequate airflow by opening a window or turning on a fan.

If you’ve had a stain for a long time, you need a stronger solution than mild dish soap. Use a mixture of 12% hydrogen peroxide and ammonia. After applying the solution to the stain, allow the solution to sit for 10 to 30 minutes. Then, flush the solution with clean water and dry with a soft cloth. If there are marks on the tile, wet the area and apply marble polishing powder. Buff and dry with a soft cloth.

Pick the Right Tools

The cleaner you use and the tools you pick for the job both affect your marble. When it comes to marble, you want to choose softer materials to avoid scratching the material. Here are the best tools for cleaning your marble surfaces:

  • Microfiber or other soft cloths
  • Dust mop
  • Spray bottle
  • Soft bristle brush for stubborn stains

Try to avoid harsh scrubbing while cleaning your marble. It’s OK to scrub with more force if you encounter a stubborn stain, but forceful scrubbing can lead to marble damage. Treat your marble with care and use soft, non-harsh cleaning tools to achieve the best results.

Dust Regularly

Create a dusting schedule based on how many people live in your house. The more traffic in your living space, the more often you’ll have to dust. Here are the different methods for cleaning your marble floors:

  • With a non-treated dust mop: Remove dirt and dust from the floor with a non-treated natural dust mop. A mop treated with harsh chemicals could damage the floors. After use, clean the pad so you don’t carry dirt the next time you mop.
  • With a soft-bristled dust mop: Sweep the floor with a soft-bristled dust mop. A regular broom’s bristles could scratch the marble.
  • With a damp mop: Use a damp mop with clean water to clean up any grime you might have missed with the dust mop. As you move the damp mop in a figure-eight motion throughout the marble floor, replace water as needed. The water should always be clean so that you don’t reapply dirt onto your floors.

If you want to use a vacuum on your marble floors, only use brush attachments. The wheels of an upright vacuum could damage the finish of your floors. Avoid using automatic vacuum cleaners in areas with marble flooring.

Clean Floor Stains as Soon as Possible

Spills are inevitable in your kitchen and bathroom. When you spill something, blot it up right away so it doesn’t stain your marble countertops or floor. Wiping up a spill could spread the liquid to other areas of the marble surface. Treating kitchen and bathroom floor stains as soon as possible will help improve your marble’s life span and make it look like new.

Use these tips to help remove spills and stains from your kitchen and bathroom floors before they become permanent:

  • Oil-based stains: Stains from cooking oil, grease or makeup can splash onto the floor, darkening light-colored marble. Try a mild soap detergent that cuts through grease. Apply the detergent with a wet cloth to remove the stain. If it doesn’t work, use a soft liquid cleaner with ammonia, acetone or mineral spirits. Use these chemicals in a well-ventilated area to avoid breathing in fumes. Apply a small amount of the cleaner and rinse with water.
  • Mold and mildew stains: To get rid of mold and mildew buildup on your bathroom or kitchen floors, use a mixture of a 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide with a gallon of water and a little dish detergent in a spray bottle. Spray the moldy area until the stain disappears. Rinse with clean water and dry with a clean cotton cloth.
  • Paint stains: Use a lacquer or paint stripper for paint stains on your floors. Always wear eye and face protection when dealing with lacquer.
  • Water spots and rings: Get rid of floor water stains with a #0000-rated steel wool pad. Super-fine steel wool can restore the shine of your marble floor.
  • Bathroom products: Products like shampoo, conditioner, soap, shaving cream and facial scrubs can cloud or discolor marble. Simply rinse your floors off with warm water and a pH-neutral cleaner. Dry everything off with a soft towel and keep your bathroom well-ventilated to avoid moisture buildup and discoloration.

How to Care for Marble Countertops and Backsplash

Your countertops and backsplash also need good care to keep them looking new. Follow these tips to keep your marble backsplashes and countertops in good condition for years.

Watch What You Put On Your Marble Countertops

Marble countertops add a clean look to your kitchen and bathroom. As you use them often, they are prone to stains and etches from the products you use on top of these surfaces. In the kitchen, you need to protect your marble countertops from:

  • Food preparation: Foods with high acidity could stain the marble finish of your countertops. Even cutting a lemon over a marble countertop could damage the material. Use a cutting board to protect your marble surfaces from acidic foods and sharp knives. If you’re preparing food on a marble countertop, you can also use a plastic or silicone sheet.
  • Meals: While marble can tolerate hot pots and pans, you should use a trivet for extra protection. Immediately after each meal, you should clean your marble countertops.
  • Drinks: Bottles and cans filled with any kind of liquid could leave a stain on your countertops. Use coasters for all drinks placed on the countertop.

In the bathroom, you should also watch out for shampoos or beauty products that could discolor your marble tiles. Some tips to maintain your marble inlays in your bathroom are:

  • Use a tray for your toiletry products instead of putting them directly on your marble surfaces.
  • Turn on an exhaust fan while you shower to reduce moisture buildup.
  • Wipe your marble surfaces with a cloth after every shower.

To prolong the life of your marble countertops, avoid sitting or placing heavy objects on any marble countertops in your home. Marble isn’t flexible, so the extra weight could cause cracks.

Choose the Right Cleaners and Tools for the Job

Marble countertops and backsplashes need the same cleaning care and tools as your floors. Remember to avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive tools to preserve your marble. Here are some of the materials you might need:

  • pH neutral cleaner
  • Ammonia and water
  • Ammonia and hydrogen peroxide for difficult stains
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Spray bottle

Clean Stains as Soon as Possible

Letting stains sit on your countertops and backslashes can lead to permanent damage. Use the right cleaning materials and schedule to maintain your marble and protect it from long-term damage.

For proper marble care and maintenance, here is how to clean various stains in your kitchen:

  • Oil-based stains: Your countertops and backsplashes can quickly see oil stains accumulate due to grease and cooking oil. Use a mild soap detergent like Dawn with a wet cloth to remove oil stains. If the detergent doesn’t work, try a soft liquid cleaner with mineral spirits, ammonia or acetone. Use a small amount of cleaner in a well-ventilated area on the stain and rinse with water.
  • Organic stains: Stains from fruit, paper, coffee, tea, wine and other foods often leave a pinkish-brown tint on marble. Use a mild cleaner to try to remove the stain. If that doesn’t work, you can make a paste with baking soda and water. Spread the paste over the stain and cover it with plastic wrap. Let it sit for a whole day. After 24 hours, you can remove the paste, and the stain should be gone.
  • Ink stains: To get rid of a small ink blot on your marble surface, dip a cotton swab in acetone and blot the area. Use a 20% hydrogen peroxide solution if you have a lighter-colored stone. To remove large ink stains, create a poultice made of flour and hydrogen peroxide. Apply the poultice with a plastic putty knife to smooth it over the stain. Tape a piece of plastic wrap over the wet poultice to slow the drying process. Poke holes in the plastic wrap to make sure moisture can escape from the poultice mix. When it’s dry, use the plastic putty knife to scrape away the powdery poultice.
  • Metal stains: You can get metal stains from iron or rust. Some types of marble contain iron oxide. When moisture builds up on a marble surface, it could develop rust. To remove metal stains from your marble countertop, clean it with a liquid poultice made of flour and liquid soap. Cover the stain with the wet poultice, and let it sit until it’s dry.

Dirt and dust buildup can lead to worn-looking marble. Marble is a delicate stone that is vulnerable to etch marks, stains and scuffs. Marble inlay medallions need extra care because they have natural etches within their designs. Dust your countertops at least once a week to protect them. If you use a wet cloth to clean up the dust, make sure you follow with a dry cloth to remove any excess moisture.

Deep Clean All Marble Surfaces at Least Once a Month

You should deep clean your marble floors, countertops and showers at least once a month. If you have marble in a high-traffic area, part of your marble floor maintenance should include scheduling a deep cleaning more often. Use a pH-neutral cleaner to reduce streaks in the marble finish.

To deep clean your marble surfaces:

  • Remove stains from the marble: Wet the stone’s surface with water using a spray bottle or a wrung-out mop to prevent soaking the floor. Apply the cleaning solution according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Rinse the solution with clean water, replacing the water as needed. After deep cleaning the marble, dry the surface with a soft cloth. Marble inlays often contain iron oxide, so if you leave any moisture on the ground, the inlays could rust.
  • Clean the grout: Along with deep cleaning the marble tiles, you also need to clean the grout around the tiles. You can do this with a neutral pH cleaner free from acidic chemicals that can also hurt the tiles. Fill a bowl with warm water and wet a soft-bristled toothbrush. Apply a small amount of baking soda onto the brush and use a back-and-forth motion. Try to avoid getting baking soda or the brush on the marble. Rinse the grout with warm water and dry it with a soft cotton cloth.
  • Polish the marble: Marble surfaces produce a shine that brightens up a room. Over time, dust, crumbs and dirt could scratch your marble, reducing its shiny finish. Preserve the natural elegance of your marble surfaces by cleaning up crumbs and taking off your shoes in the house. Before polishing any marble surface, make sure you clean up all stains. You can polish the floor with a special marble polishing powder and a dry microfiber cloth. You can also create a homemade polishing paste with baking soda and water.
  • Seal the marble: Sealing marble will make it last longer, increasing its resistance to stains and etching. Check with your marble manufacturer before you seal your marble surfaces. Some marble doesn’t need sealing. If you apply sealer to marble that doesn’t need sealing, it won’t absorb, and it will create discoloration. If your marble needs to be sealed, you should apply a marble and granite sealer at least once every six months.

Choose From Our Selection of Marble at Aalto Marble Inlay

Our artisan professionals at Aalto Marble Inlay specialize in marble inlay designs for your home. At Aalto, each of our projects is a work of art. We will offer you a design plan for your kitchen, bathroom or living room. You can choose your floor plan, color palette and a basis for the style of the floor.

Are you ready to get started with finding the perfect luxury marble design for your home? Contact us today at 319-237-7230 or fill out a contact form on our website.

 

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Biggest Advantages of Marble Flooring

The Benefits of Marble Flooring

Marble flooring has long been the material of preference in custom homes and buildings. It’s naturally elegant and provides a luxurious aesthetic. If you tour the old homes and monuments of Europe, you’ll see marble everywhere. But even in the 21st century, where there are more flooring options than ever before, marble continues its reign as the king of high-end flooring.

Although most people are familiar with marble as a material, many don’t know a lot about it — what it is or how it can be used to create unique custom floors.

If you’re looking for a custom design to highlight your home’s refinement or enhance the features already in place, then you’ll certainly want to consider this natural material.

What Is Marble?

Marble is a   metamorphic rock formed over time as sedimentary rocks, such as limestone, are transformed under pressure and heat. As they’re transformed, they are compacted, creating the beautiful lines and veins that are a trademark of the natural stone. Marble is typically quarried in mountainous areas around the world and requires minimal processing to create tiles and slabs. Even as other materials, such as hardwood and engineered stone, have become more prevalent, the value and appeal of marble have cemented its place as the flooring of choice for classy homes, hotels and even some businesses.

The process of transforming marble into elegant flooring is as intricate as the formation of the rock itself. A gang saw machine slices the rock into uniform slabs while a continuous stream of water cleans the edges. While robotic slab handling machines help reduce manual labor, an expert inspects and aligns each slab to ensure optimal quality. The slabs are then preheated and thoroughly dried with hot air pressure to extract moisture before they are fixed with fiber mesh and epoxy resin. Then, the slabs are vacuumed, and a grinding machine is used to produce a flawless surface that gets polished to perfection.

Marble Floor Benefits

Marble flooring for houses has been used for thousands of years. Its timelessness speaks volumes about its quality. Still, there are a lot of benefits to investing in this flooring. Here are some of the most valuable benefits of marble flooring:

1. Natural Elegance

Marble is a high-end finish, giving spaces an exquisite vibrance. But it also lends a simple, natural look to any space. Because it is not human-made, the patterns found in each tile or slab vary slightly, resulting in a custom look every single time. Add that custom look to a one-of-a-kind installation and design for floors that will take your room to the next level.

Marble has long been used by the privileged and wealthy around the world, which lends to its regal feeling. But its regal nature doesn’t mean it only works well in traditional homes. Marble can be selected and cut to complement more contemporary spaces as well.

2. Reflects Light

Marble can enhance the amount of natural light in a room because it becomes slightly translucent when polished, allowing light to pass through the surface layer.

Polished marble offers a lavish, opulent look. While the translucent properties can reflect light to brighten spaces, light and reflection also affect the appearance of marble floors in a glamorous way. Light reflects from the surface and can create a shimmering effect, amplifying the magnificence. The reflective effect also adds depth and dimension. As light hits the surface, the variety of colors in the stone come to life.

However, marble only offers light reflection when polished. Honed marble does not reflect light. A honed surface provides a smooth, matte look that is perfect for outdoor patio flooring and entryways.

3. Easy to Clean

As long as proper care and maintenance measures are practiced, marble floors are resistant to liquid messes. Wiping up spills quickly is key to maintaining marble’s moisture-resistant properties. When it does become wet or dirty, it’s easy to clean with a microfiber mop. Depending on the color you select, marble also makes it easier to spot dirt, which means it’s easier to clean up messes.

4. Lots of Colors to Choose From

When it comes to marble flooring benefits, “natural” doesn’t mean you’re limited in your options. In fact, marble flooring is available in a wide range of colors and patterns. Some homeowners select marble flooring that complements other existing features in their homes. Others choose the flooring of their choice and then design the rest of the room around it.

If you opt for a marble inlay design on your floors, you can select design colors to incorporate your personal taste or the design and decor of the room or space where the floors will be featured. This is a great way to bring color and design into a room that is otherwise neutral in color or to highlight a unique or distinct aspect of your home or business.

5. Excellent Heat Conduction

Marble floors have a reputation for being cold, but they don’t have to be. Marble is a great conductor of heat, which makes it a prime candidate for homes that use radiant heat for warmth. Imagine stepping onto a warm marble bathroom floor on a snowy winter morning — you’ll be so comfortable that you’ll never want to leave. Marble floors paired with radiant, in-floor heating are delightfully comfortable and keep you feeling cozy even on the coldest of mornings.

Marble flooring can also be helpful if you live somewhere that tends to be hot and humid in the summer months. It tends to stay cool if it’s not being heated, which can help your home stay cool during long, hot summer days.

6. Durable

Marble floors are highly durable. Marble can stand up to just about anything you can throw at them. Chairs scraping across them in the dining room? Dishes dropped in the kitchen? Water sloshing over the bathtub? Marble can handle it. As long as they are properly maintained, marble floors are scratch-resistant and hold up well, even in high-traffic areas of your home. Another great advantage is that flooring professionals can polish it back to its original finish if the floor has sustained some wear after many years of heavy use.

Natural stone floors are far superior to other types of flooring in terms of durability and life span. Marble floors can last over a century, while flooring materials like ceramic tiling generally last 75 years at most.

7. Allergen-Resistant

Unlike carpet, allergens can’t cling to or collect on a marble surface. Even if dust or pet dander lands on these floors, the smooth surface makes it easy to see. You can wipe or sweep these floors to quickly remove dust and allergens.

8. Eco-Friendly

Marble flooring is also a sustainable and eco-friendly flooring choice. Because it’s a natural material, it’s not constructed or processed with countless harmful chemicals. At the end of its life span, it’s degradable. When you install marble flooring, you choose a material that has a minimally negative impact on the environment.

9. Joints are Easy to Match

If you hire a professional who is experienced in laying marble floors, they will have no trouble lining up the joints and veins for a cohesive look. This is one project that you don’t want to go DIY on. If you’re purchasing a high-end product, hire a professional to ensure it comes together for a high-end look.

10. Easy to Customize

One of the most significant advantages of marble flooring is the ability to incorporate custom marble inlays into the design. Each marble floor is a custom work of art, but adding bespoke marble inlays sets this material apart. Inspired by historical art and architecture, as well as the architecture of your home, inlays can be designed to tell a story about your home, family or business. Aalto’s luxury hand-crafted signature medallions, accents and borders are intricately designed by our in-house artists with your specifications and taste in mind.

Things to Know Before You Buy Marble Flooring

Marble is an excellent flooring choice for various home or office spaces. However, when considering the pros and cons of marble flooring, there are some important considerations to keep in mind.

1. Moisture Resistant Doesn’t Mean Stain Resistant

One thing we love about marble flooring is that it’s moisture-resistant. This makes it easy to wipe up spills and messes when they occur. But you should never allow food or beverages to sit on a marble surface for any length of time because marble surfaces can be stained. Acidic foods and drinks, such as red wine and citrus, can be particularly problematic after extended contact with marble surfaces.

2. Proper Maintenance Is Key

For the most part, marble is a low-maintenance flooring option. However, to maintain these desirable qualities, it’s essential to reseal marble floors and countertops when they are first installed and then once each year to maintain the protective barrier. Resealing helps prevent damage and avoid stains forming due to the stone’s porous surface.

3. You May Have to Get New Dishes

Marble is very hard, which makes it an excellent option if you’re looking for durable flooring that will hold up to foot traffic, spills and whatever you drop on it. The downside is that if you drop glassware or dishes onto a marble floor, they will shatter. Your floor will still look great, but you’ll likely need to replace your dishes. However, considering the cost of replacing a wine glass versus replacing floor tiles, we think you’ll agree it’s worth the risk.

4. Slippery When Wet

Because of marble’s smooth, highly polished surface, it quickly becomes slippery if it gets wet. This can create hazardous conditions, especially if you install it in a bathroom or entryway, where it is frequently exposed to moisture. To avoid slips and falls, you can use complementary rugs for your marble flooring in high-traffic areas. It may also be a good idea to avoid using marble in areas frequented by children or older adults.

Should I Get Marble Flooring?

Marble is an exquisite choice for flooring, even more so if you’re after an elegant, high-end look in your home or business. It does take some work to prevent staining and keep it in good condition, but it’s similar to what you would do for granite countertops or hardwood floors. How can you decide if marble floors are right for you? Before you make the leap, consider these questions:

1. How Will I Use It?

Marble’s tendency to become slippery when wet means it may not be the best type of flooring for certain areas of your home. For example, marble flooring makes a great addition to a grand master bathroom or den. However, it may not be the most suitable flooring for children’s bathrooms or play spaces.

2. Am I Prepared to Maintain It?

Marble has a reputation for being difficult to maintain, but it’s actually relatively low-maintenance. Resealing marble flooring once a year goes a long way toward protecting your investment from spills, dirt and other substances that find their way onto your floors.

3. Who Is Installing It?

Installing marble flooring requires a skilled professional who can measure and cut each stone tile to minimize waste and perfectly align the unique patterns. Marble tile, like most other tile materials, requires a smooth, even base before installation. Mixing and spreading mortar evenly and spacing the tiles perfectly requires specific skills and tools. Adding grout and ensuring an even surface can take time. Instead of attempting the tiling process on your own, professionals can install marble floors perfectly.

4. What’s My Return on Investment?

If you’re planning to sell your home, marble flooring makes a huge statement about the value and elegance of your home. It’s eye-catching and signals potential buyers that your home is valuable and ready to move into. It can also go a long way toward convincing them that your home is worth as much as you’ve listed it for.

Marble Flooring in the Workplace

Marble flooring is also a sophisticated addition to businesses like financial firms, law offices and hotels. Its durability can stand up to the regular foot traffic of an office space, but its distinct beauty makes a bold statement about your company’s success and outlook for the future. It can also make a classy addition to fine dining establishments and entertainment venues.

The refined charm of marble aside, its anti-allergenic properties and its easy-to-clean nature make it a prime choice for businesses, hotels and restaurants. Instead of struggling to keep delicate rugs clean and sanitary, marble can help you maintain the beauty of your space without the work.

Aalto Marble Inlay

At Aalto, we consider every design project to be a work of art. Our goal is to take our client’s vision for their space and bring that vision to life using marble sourced from locations around the world. What makes our process unique is that the artist who creates the electronic rendering of what your design will look like is the same artist who draws the lines that will be used to cut the pieces of stone into the right shapes and designs for your project. Our extensive color collection ensures that each tile and every design will create the look and feel you want every time.

Over the last 30 years, it has been our privilege to create original inlay designs for upscale homes, ballrooms, hotels and other venues. We work closely with our clients to create a design that will reflect their own personal taste, as well as the nature of the space where it will be installed. Then, we use an advanced waterjet cutting process to create each inlay before it’s laid into place.

Contact us to start your custom design process today.

 

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Cracked Marble Flooring: Causes & Prevention

Installing a marble floor or countertop in your home has many benefits, including:

However, marble isn’t immune to the cracks, fractures and wear that stones frequently experience. Various factors can cause marble to crack, from improper installation and maintenance to contact with abrasive objects. Thankfully, you can keep your marble floor or countertop beautiful, durable and crack-free with the right precautions.

Why does marble crack? How do you keep marble floors from cracking? Find the answers you’re looking for in this complete guide to cracked marble causes and prevention tips.

Does Marble Break Easily?

Marble flooring and countertops are prone to cracking — even more so without proper installation, care and maintenance. The veins can gradually weaken with stress, impact and pressure, causing hairline cracks to develop.

Fortunately, some simple measures can help you avoid premature cracks and fractures. Below, we’ll explore some common causes of cracked marble and ways to mitigate them.

What Causes Marble Floors to Crack?

Here are some of the most common culprits of cracked marble flooring and countertops.

1. Impact

Dropped or fallen objects can easily crack or chip the material, especially if the marble floor or countertop isn’t properly supported. Impact and blows from the following items can quickly lead to cracks:

  • Heavy furniture
  • Pots and pans
  • Knives and other sharp utensils
  • Stone and metallic objects

2. Environmental Conditions

Environmental factors like humidity and temperature fluctuations can diminish the marble’s durability over time. Severe cold or heat makes the material expand or contract, potentially causing it to crack.

Calcium carbonate is a primary element in marble flooring. This material easily weakens in wet, humid environments. Subjecting the floor or countertop to moisture can loosen the stone and cause it to break open, creating splits and fractures. For these reasons, it’s important to maintain a consistent temperature in your space as much as possible.

3. Improper Maintenance

Most manufacturers protect marble floors and countertops with water-resistant sealants. Even so, cracks may still develop over time and should be addressed as soon as possible.

Additionally, a concrete substrate layer below marble flooring presents its own challenges. The substrate can wear down and crack after several years of use, which may cause reflective cracks in the above marble tiles.

These cracks will eventually deteriorate the marble’s foundation without timely repair. Besides repairing the tiles when necessary, ongoing care and maintenance are essential to prevent scratches, etches, cracks and other damage.

4. Improper Installation

Like inadequate maintenance, improper installation techniques can cause unwanted cracks in your marble tiles. Marble flooring often has a concrete substrate below it for added stability and protection.

A newly built concrete layer usually contains water. The water evaporates as the concrete cures. This causes the concrete to shrink so the aggregates and particles bind tightly.

Laying the marble tiles before the concrete cures puts significant stress on the marble. Hairline cracks in your newly installed flooring could indicate the concrete didn’t cure when the tiles were set. Additionally, you’ll likely see cracks shortly after installation if you’re supplied with poor-quality marble.

With that in mind, it’s critical to choose an experienced designer that will provide high-quality marble. You’ll also need to choose a knowledgeable company to perform the installation correctly. Precise installation, handling and support are necessary to keep the marble from cracking. When selecting a company to design and install your marble flooring, remember to prioritize the quality of work over cost.

How Do You Keep Marble From Cracking?

How Do You Keep Marble From Cracking?

If you’re wondering how to prevent cracked marble, the tips below are an excellent start.

1. Rodding Countertops

Rodding involves inserting a metal rod into the countertop. It helps provide structural support for the stone, especially for narrow points like kitchen sink cutouts. These are the weakest spots and most vulnerable to cracking. Rodding brings extra durability and reinforcement to these thin, narrow areas.

A stone saw is typically used along the counter’s edge and underside to create a groove for the rod, which runs the length of the countertop. The rod is also glued with a resin to secure it in place.

2. Sealing

Marble installers often apply a sealant to the stone for added protection, preventing scratching, scuffing and staining. A marble sealant creates a barrier below the material’s surface to reduce absorption. It also helps preserve its natural beauty.

Sealing your marble floor or countertop also makes cleanup and maintenance a breeze. Dirt, fingerprints and other grime won’t stick to the sealant, making them easy to wipe away.

3. Properly Cleaning and Caring for Your Marble

Regular cleaning and upkeep are a must to preserve your marble’s integrity. Here are some essential marble maintenance tips to keep in mind:

  • Use an appropriate cleaner. Periodically cleaning your marble is important to maintain its performance, appearance and strength. Avoid acidic and abrasive cleaning products that can etch and damage the marble. That includes any vinegar-, orange- and lemon-based solutions. Steer clear of cleaners intended for granite, as these are also too harsh for marble. Opt for pH-neutral cleaners and those designed for marble surfaces instead.
  • Clean spills quickly. If you spill something on your marble floor or countertop, blot it immediately with a clean towel so it doesn’t stain. Try to blot instead of wipe the spill, as wiping can spread the liquid to other areas of the marble. Once again, ensure you use a safe pH-neutral cleaner for the tiles.
  • Lay area rugs. Consider covering your marble floor with a rug or runner in high-traffic areas. Doing so can reduce impact and wear on the surface.
  • Seal the marble regularly. As mentioned earlier, sealing protects the marble surface from stains, scratches and other damage. It also keeps moisture from seeping into the material and causing cracks.

4. Handling Heavy Objects With Care

Finally, be extremely vigilant when handling heavy objects, such as:

  • Moving heavy furniture across your marble floor.
  • Working with heavy cookware and sharp kitchen utensils around your marble countertop.

Exercising caution with these items can reduce the risk of drops and cracks.

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Choosing a reliable company to design your marble floor is crucial to prevent cracks and other damage. Turn to Aalto Marble Inlay to handle this task. We create custom marble inlay surfaces for kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, foyers and other interiors.

Based on your unique aesthetic preferences and your space’s dimensions, our designers will work with you to develop a marble floor, counter, backsplash, shower or accent border that meets your needs and expectations. Once we bring your design to life, practice the above tips to keep your marble floor or countertop beautiful, durable and long-lasting.

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How to Match Marble Flooring With Your Cabinets

Marble flooring has a way of making any space look more refined and upscale. When designing a kitchen space that features marble floors, it is important to craft a distinct vision ahead of time to ensure your cabinetry, countertops and other interior design elements complement the material and look amazing together.

The Importance of Coordinating Cabinets, Countertops and Floors

Whether you are looking to completely remodel your kitchen or update a few key features, it is important to consider how the major elements, including your cabinets, countertops and floors, work together design-wise.

A fresh coat of paint can make a massive difference in your home’s ceilings and walls, but it is a much smaller task than updating your cabinets or installing new flooring. You will want to think more critically about these choices than you would a coat of paint. Creating a plan to ensure you are going to be excited about the results is a must.

The kitchen is the heart of your home. When establishing a vision for this space, it is essential to choose a design style you are going to adore for years to come. Cohesive materials, color palettes and design details can add value to your home and help you cultivate a space you cannot wait to spend time in.

How Do You Match Kitchen Cabinets to Flooring?

The cabinetry and flooring combination you select for your kitchen will influence the mood of the entire room. These features take up a huge portion of the overall space. When choosing one, you should always consider the other to achieve the most luxurious and complimentary aesthetic possible.

What cabinets go well with marble floors? Explore the following tips and advice for choosing your kitchen cabinets and marble flooring combinations:

1. Create a Color Palette

Learning more about a few interior design principles can be tremendously helpful when narrowing down your floor and cabinet color combinations. The 60-30-10 rule is a popular technique to utilize when designing a cohesive space. This principle helps you establish a color scheme that is well-balanced and visually appealing.

  • 60: The 60 refers to 60% of the space. It often encompasses the largest elements in a room, like the walls or floors. In many kitchen spaces, the cabinetry takes up the most surface area, and its color will have a major influence on the room.
  • 30: The 30 represents 30% of your space and will be featured half as much as the color you choose for your other 60%. This color is secondary but still greatly affects how the space looks. Choosing a contrasting color to your 60% color can create a beautiful effect.
  • 10: The 10 indicates 10% of the color in your space and is made up of mostly furnishings and decor pieces. Sticking with three key colors is a great place to begin when coordinating your cabinets and flooring.

2. Begin With Your Floors

Choosing your marble flooring first can be highly advantageous when designing your dream kitchen space. Pay attention to the hues in the marble’s design and if they are warmer or cooler tones.

You will find it is often easier to select a marble floor finish you love first and then find complementary colors and materials for your cabinets. If you do this in reverse, it can be challenging to find the perfect type of marble to suit your kitchen’s other elements.

Incorporating a special feature, such as a custom medallion, for your kitchen floor can also guide your cabinet color choices.

3. Highlight an Accent Color From Your Marble

Another tip for pairing your cabinetry with your marble flooring is to use an accent color from the marble. It may sound simple, but you can create a stunning, monochromatic-inspired kitchen space that looks high-end and perfectly cohesive.

Explore the following marble and color combinations:

  • Statuario marble flooring can pair beautifully with light gray cabinets.
  • Breccia Damascata marble floors can create a stunning effect with warm beige cabinetry.
  • Crema Valencia marble floors and burgundy cabinets can make a big statement.

Playing on an accent hue from your choice of marble can simplify the color pairing process, and the results can be spectacular.

Playing on an accent hue from your choice of marble can simplify the color pairing process, and the results can be spectacular.

4. Embrace Contrast

Do not be afraid to choose contrasting tones when picking out your cabinet and marble floor combinations. Interior design experts and trend forecasters agree that marble flooring can add drama and depth to your space.

Contrasting colors can make your space feel uniquely like you and help create certain focal points in your kitchen. Consider choosing a lighter wood finish or paint color for your cabinets if you prefer darker marbles and vice versa.

5. When in Doubt, Choose Timeless Colors

Choosing the right color and material combinations for your home can be complex at times. Go with timeless colors, including white, beige and gray, if you find yourself totally unsure of what combination would look best. These colors will give you greater flexibility than a statement paint color, such as sage green, bright yellow or eggplant.

Consider using paint colors for your kitchen cabinetry that can add to your home’s value, including crisp white and light gray.

What Countertops Go Well With Marble Floors?

A kitchen space with marble flooring is classic, chic and upscale. Pairing the right countertops with your marble is a great way of tying the entire room together and cultivating a finished product that you cannot wait to show off to friends and family.

If you like a highly cohesive look, consider matching your marble floors with the same marble for your countertops. This combination creates a seamless effect and simplifies your design process. Incorporating cabinet colors that provide a contrast between the floor and counter space can take your kitchen to the next level.

Marble flooring can also look amazing when paired with natural quartzite or semi-precious stone countertops that share similar color stories.

Contact Aalto Marble Inlay to Learn More About Our Marble Floor Design Services

When you are interested in transforming your home with sophisticated, entirely custom marble flooring, turn to the experts at Aalto Marble Inlay. We tailor every design project to our client’s vision and personal aesthetics.

Our specialty is handcrafted marble floor medallions inspired by the beauty of fine art and historical architecture. Our team is here to help you make a statement in your home with some of the finest craftsmanship and materials available.

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How to Coordinate Different Marbles in Your Home

Marble adds an elegant, classy touch to any home with its alluring charm and intricate designs. Some of these complex designs can pair with simpler ones to balance and enhance your home’s cohesion. With an array of styles and colors to choose from, it may be hard to distinguish which marbles can be matched to achieve the desired effect. There are no set rules about mixing bold and modest colors and styles, and you can use your discretion to decide what will or won’t work.

Learn more about various marble types found in homes, how you can pair your existing marble pieces with different marble types and further tips on exploring marble coordination in your home.

Marble Types

Marble is available in stunning designs and colors to accentuate any space. It’s a sought-after natural stone admired for its durability and versatility wherever it is used. With its multifaceted nature, there are no limitations on where it can be applied. Below are some common marble types that let homeowners customize their space so no two homes ever look the same.

White marble is commonly used as the main focal point inlay while incorporating darker marble to highlight the exquisite veins and grains. Some white marble varieties include:

  • Calacatta: Only quarried in Italy, this calcitic marble boasts a wide range of patterning from grey, high-contrast bands to soft gold and everything in between. Calacatta is sorted into many varieties that come with different characteristics and different costs.
  • Carrara: Carrara marble, quarried in Italy, is perhaps the most well known marble in the world. Carrara has a white base with grey veining. Famously carved into Michaaelangelo’s David as well as many other Renaissance sculptures. It’s commonly used for kitchen countertops and walls and floors in homes.
  • Thassos white: The purest white marble that exists, it’s formed of dolomite with a crystal base and is named for the Greek island of Thassos, which prides itself on having the whitest beach sand.

One of the most attractive types of marble is black marble. Homeowners love black’s stark, vibrant contrast with its lighter white, grey and gold vein variations. The intensity of this marble is associated with exclusivity, elegance and mystery and is alluring to those who set their eyes on it. Some black marble types you may find are:

  • Nero Marquina: Used in homes worldwide, this prevalent black calcitic marble is formidable, with equally prominent white veins dispersed across the surface.
  • Nero Portoro: Considered one of the most costly black marble to acquire worldwide, Nero Portoro is a crystalline marble that contains large swirls of gold and white veins that create a high-contrast striated appearance.

Beige marble types offer homeowners warmth and sophistication with its earthy tones and shades. Most bases are light with dark veins or dark with light veins, each design distinct from the others. You’ll find some marked beige marble types as follows:

  • Crema Marfil Extra: Closer to ivory yet boasting prominent beige undertones, Crema Marfil Extra, quarried in Spain, is soft with a mixture of off-white and caramel veins spread sparsely across the surface. It’s a popular choice in bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Botticino: A smooth, elegant beige calcitic marble quarried in Italy base filled with soft white veins that resemble sea froth.

Gray exudes luxury and solidity. Gray marble achieves this with varying grey scales available. Some prominent gray marble types include:

  • Bardiglio: A soft gray reflective base with swirling white and gray veins for a flowing look.
  • Grigio Carnico: This type of calcitic marble is dark gray and is streaked with lightning bolt-like white lines that break up the background.

Since marble inlays include a variety of colors and designs, you can blend them to create beautiful masterpieces that create visual flow and overall coherence.

Pairing Stone and Marble Colors

Knowing the different types of marble and their available colors should help you decide which to mix and match in a room. Review the color wheel to determine which colors work well together. Considering color harmony and contrast, you could experiment with bright, bold, neutral and safe colors by mixing colored marbles in the same room as you see fit. Pairing light with dark can create an interesting contrast, while monochromatic colors promote harmony and flow:

  • Monochromatic: This consists of one base color that varies in three degrees — shades, tints and tones. Soft, conventional color combinations are created using monochromatic base colors like blue or green.
  • Complementary: Located across each other on the color wheel, complementary colors are high-contrast and bright when put together. An example is red and turquoise.
  • Analogous: These are three colors that are beside each other and can be overpowering when combined. For example, magenta, red and purple are all dominant colors that stand out on their own and can be overwhelming together.

Since marble inlays include a variety of colors and designs, you can blend them to create beautiful masterpieces that create visual flow and overall coherence. Following the color wheel as a guideline, some ideas you can consider include:

  • Complementary colors: Rosa Verona and Lapis
  • Contrasting colors: Grigio Carnico, Bardiglio Dark and Statuario Marble
  • Monochromatic colors: Crema Marfil, Jerusalem Gold and Botticino
  • Analogous colors: Nero Marquina and Lapis or Rosa Verona

Depending on your existing layout and marble, you have bountiful options for mixing marble in a room. You could inspect one marble’s veins to see whether you can match them to a solid contrasting or monochromatic color marble with a similar color.

Be careful not to overwhelm by creating too much contrast in one area. For example, if you have a medallion as your focal point, perhaps avoid adding more marble with too much color, or it could come across as busy.

Pairing Your Existing Marble Pieces With Different Marble Types

You might have an exquisite marble piece and would like to introduce additional marble to enhance your home’s style and flow. The challenge is finding the right marble that will complement what you already have. Consider a few of the following pairing suggestions for individual spaces that showcase your exemplary taste:

  • Pairing Bardiglio light marble countertops (gray) with a Statuario marble shower enclosure (white).
  • Enhancing your Emerald marble inlay foyer (green) with a Crema Marfil marble staircase or water feature backsplash (beige).
  • Showing off your refined Calacatta marble kitchen flooring (white) by pairing it with striking Nero Marquina marble countertops (black).
  • Styling your Nero Portoro marble bathroom flooring (black) with a Premium beige marble shower backsplash.

How you choose to pair marble depends on your present components. Think about the design of your current marble. For example, if you have a medallion as your focal point, perhaps add band borders to enhance the architecture of the room.

When it comes to pairing marble types, you have free reign and creative control to experiment with neutral colors to add interest while creating a calm ambiance or add bold, contrasting marble to make a statement.

Spaces Suitable for Marble

You are not limited to where you choose to incorporate marble in your home. Some suggestions include:

Based on this, we’ve listed some additional marble pairing suggestions for different or adjoining rooms in your home:

  • Kitchen and foyer: Consider an Empress green marble island and an Emerald marble inlay foyer.
  • Living room floor, foyer and kitchen: You might like the look of Imperial marble inlay for the living room and foyer and matching Lapis marble for the kitchen countertop.
  • Kitchen floor, pantry and living room floor: Pairing Rinaldi marble inlay across the floors with a Ming Green marble pantry can illuminate the space.
  • Master bedroom and bathroom backsplash: A Riviera marble inlay bedroom floor and Breccia Damascata marble bathroom backsplash could be a bold, beautiful choice.

There are endless design possibilities to explore with marble. Browse our exclusive marble inlay collection to gather inspiration for your home.

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7 Color Theory Basics You Need to Know About Interior Design

Color plays a crucial role in interior design and home decor. Your color scheme largely influences how people perceive a room. Choosing the right whole-house color palette can breathe life into your space.

A simple coat of paint can evoke emotion, enhance a specific style and improve cohesion. Color can create a visual relationship between multiple rooms or areas. Learn how to choose the right color for your house’s interior and browse other design suggestions in this guide.

7 Tips for Choosing Color in Interior Design

How do you select the right hues for your space? Below are some tips to help you design an effective color palette for your home and different ways to incorporate it throughout your interior.

1. Choose a Color Family

A good starting point is determining the overall feel you want in your home. Your favorite hues and desired ambiance can guide you in choosing the ideal palette.

Selecting colors from the same temperature family allows the room to flow better. Think reds, oranges, yellows and browns if you prefer a warmer palette. Shades of gray, blue, purple or green reflect a cooler color scheme.

You might opt for warmer tones if you desire a bright, energetic feel for your space. Meanwhile, a cooler color scheme can speak to rooms designated for breaks or relaxation, creating a calming feel for occupants.

2. Opt for Three Colors

The “60-30-10” interior design rule says that you should stick to three colors in a given room:

  • Main color: The main color should represent 60% of the room. It is typically used on walls, anchoring the room and providing a backdrop for your secondary color.
  • Secondary color: The secondary color should occupy 30% of the room. It is ideal for curtains, an accent wall or furniture.
  • Accent color: Your accent color should comprise 10% of the room. It is usually found in lamps, cushions, artwork and other decorative pieces.

This rule helps you create a more balanced color scheme. It especially suits open-floor dining rooms and kitchens likely to be busier and more cluttered than other rooms of your home. However, don’t feel limited by only three color options. You can easily incorporate various shades and tones of these three colors.

If your room’s base color is blue, for instance, you might use a combination of baby blue, navy and gray-blue. Consider choosing one neutral shade and two other tones. When crafting your palette, try to incorporate your neutral tone into each room. This neutral is key in pulling the whole-house color palette together.

You can apply this same concept to decor and accent pieces. Looking at paint swatches can help you grab some inspiration and find colors that pair well together.

3. Complement Walls and Ceilings

Complement Walls and Ceilings

Applying the same color and finish to the walls and ceiling may not be the best choice if you’re looking to brighten up a room. Consider going two or three shades lighter for your ceiling to increase lighting in an otherwise dim space.

A good rule of thumb is to go 20% lighter on your ceiling than the wall. However, you might be able to get away with the same color on the ceiling and walls if the space receives abundant sunlight.

Additionally, a high-contrast lacquer ceiling finish can add depth and drama to your space. Shiny and glossy paint reveals texture and imperfections, making it suitable for smooth plaster ceilings.

4. Connect Rooms With Rugs and Flooring

Flooring and area rugs can help connect adjoining rooms painted in contrasting colors. For example, a colorful patterned hallway runner can bridge the gap between a warmer room and a cooler one. You don’t have to match the wall and rug colors perfectly. One can be slightly lighter or darker than the other and still achieve a cohesive look.

5. Use Trim Strategically

Like flooring and rugs, trim can play a substantial role in connecting the various rooms in your home. Painting all of your trim in the same neutral shade, such as white or cream, can create a sense of flow between rooms. White trim reinforces a subliminal effect, helping connect spaces and making people feel more anchored as they travel through the home.

There are many shades of white, so we suggest choosing your wall colors first, then picking a shade of white that complements them. For instance, a bright white provides a stunning contrast to bold colors while harmonizing with softer hues.

6. Experiment With Lighting

Because color is a reflection of light, the type and amount of light in a room significantly influence color scheme. Experiment with the room’s natural and artificial light to see how they affect color in paint, furniture, fabrics, flooring, rugs and other elements. Fluorescent lamps tend to emit cooler, bluer light, while incandescent lamps radiate more redness and warmth.

Natural light changes from sunrise to sunset. Visit the room throughout the day to examine how the shifting light impacts its colors. For example, a north-facing room will see less natural light than a south-facing one.

A warm color palette helps soften shadows, meshes with artificial light and brightens up a space with northern exposure. Remember that any color with white in it will reflect surrounding colors. White walls will reflect ceiling, rug and furniture colors.

7. Consider Room Size

Your room’s size is an important factor when choosing colors. When working with a smaller room, there are a few ways to make it feel larger, more open and less cramped, such as:

  • Using light, neutral tones for walls and furniture.
  • Choosing sheer or minimal window treatments to optimize natural light.
  • Placing mirrors to reflect light and create the illusion of more space.
  • Spacing out decor and accent pieces for a less cluttered space.
  • Choosing furniture with exposed legs.

On the other hand, perhaps you want to make a larger room feel smaller and cozier. Dark, rich colors absorb light and help create the illusion of a smaller space. You can try out tips like:

  • Choosing deep, warm hues for walls and furnishings.
  • Painting your ceiling a darker color to “lower” it.
  • Using heavy, textured fabrics in bold tones and dramatic window treatments.

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Walls and flooring are vital considerations when choosing room decor colors. They help tie your space together by complementing other colors and elements.

At Aalto Marble Inlay, we specialize in original handcrafted marble floor medallions, ready-to-ship medallions, showers and wall backsplashes. Specially tailored to your unique design preferences and room specifications, our products are the perfect way to incorporate your desired color palette into your interior. Learn more about how we can upgrade your space by contacting us today.

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Incorporating Marble in the Kitchen

Homeowners and interior designers love marble in kitchens for many reasons. Its timeless, majestic veining and colorful designs are enough to make you stop and take notice. On top of that, marble also offers exceptional durability, making it a beloved choice for culinary spaces and other rooms.

You may have some questions if you’re thinking about adding marble to your kitchen. For instance, which marble is best for kitchens? Where does it make the most sense to install marble? Read on to discover the different ways to incorporate marble into your kitchen.

Where Do You Put Marble in a Kitchen?

There are numerous ways to upgrade your kitchen with marble. Let’s look at some examples below.

1. Floors

Your flooring is an ideal opportunity to integrate marble into your kitchen. Marble kitchen floors offer various benefits for your space.

  • Beauty: Marble is a beautiful, exotic material that makes any kitchen floor stand out. No two slabs are the same, and there’s no shortage of varieties to choose from when matching your home’s aesthetic. From colorful hues to unique and intricate patterns, its timeless natural beauty will surely make a statement for your kitchen floor. What’s more, marble floors can boost your home’s value.
  • Durability: Marble floors are highly durable, so they can easily support high foot traffic. While marble isn’t as hard as other natural stone options like granite, it has sufficient durability for kitchen flooring. This lower hardness level can work to your advantage, as it lends a warmer feel.
  • Finish options: There are many finish options available for marble flooring. Honed finishes are particularly suitable for kitchen floors, as they offer traction to reduce the risk of slipping and falling.
  • Allergen-resistant: Unlike carpet flooring, allergens don’t usually attach and accumulate on marble surfaces. If dust or pet hair build up, they are highly visible on marble and easy to eliminate with a broom.
  • Comfort: Thankfully, marble floors don’t sacrifice comfort for durability. Because they’re softer than granite and quartz surfaces, they provide more underfoot comfort for cooking, washing dishes or walking through the kitchen. If you want to enhance your flooring’s comfort, installing radiant heating — which transfers heat through the floor rather than the air — beneath the marble is an excellent way to add some warmth and reduce energy costs.

Remember, marble is porous, so it’s susceptible to liquid and bacteria intrusion when left unsealed. You may want to have your floors regularly sealed to prevent water damage and staining. Darker marble can typically go longer between sealing, while white marble usually requires more frequent maintenance. Additionally, be aware that polished marble can be extra slippery.

Countertops

2. Countertops

Countertops are the most prevalent use of marble in the kitchen, and it’s easy to see why. Marble countertops have elegant veining, character and feel that other stones and materials can’t achieve. Because marble naturally remains cool, it provides a stable surface for cooking and baking — another quality that makes it excellent for kitchens.

Here are two ways to incorporate marble into a countertop.

  • Islands: A unique marble island may be the perfect addition for your kitchen. An island countertop with a distinctive inlay creates a beautiful focal point, contrasting with your other countertops for a one-of-a-kind look. Marble inlay is the process of carefully cutting and engraving marble shapes. For instance, an island countertop with a bright pattern and color scheme can beautifully offset monochrome cabinets and countertops.
  • Bar tops: Marble lends style and refinement to any kitchen bar top, whether you opt for a lighter or darker color scheme. A bar top is an ideal spot for marble, as it likely won’t face regular traffic. Be careful when working with red wine, citrus juice and other acidic liquids. Consider using a protective mat or tray to shield the delicate marble. If any drips or spills occur — whether from water, alcohol or juice — be sure to wipe them up immediately to prevent the risk of scratches, stains and damage.

Marble isn’t heat-resistant, so you shouldn’t place hot cookware directly on your marble countertop. Always use hot pads, trivets and cutting boards for added protection. Never use knives and other utensils directly on the counter, as you can risk scratching the marble.

Like marble flooring, marble countertops can increase your home’s value, which is a plus if you ever plan to sell your house. With regular sealing, care and maintenance, a marble countertop can last many years in your kitchen.

As a reminder, marble is porous, so you should seal your countertop at least once a year to prevent significant staining — including right after installation. Experts recommend cleaning stained countertops with 12% hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of ammonia.

Marble can scratch with prolonged exposure to acidic liquids, or it can etch where the sealant or polish fades. Honing your marble countertop — a process that grinds the material to create a flat, smooth surface and finish — may help conceal noticeable etches. You can also try buffing out water spots and light scratches with grade-0000 steel wool.

3. Backsplashes

Consider a marble backsplash in the kitchen for a luxurious focal point that ties your space together. It’s an excellent way to highlight the marble’s intricate veining — whether coordinating a marble backsplash with your kitchen countertops, book-matching different slabs or selecting complementary designs.

A lighter backsplash can provide crisp contrast against dark cabinets, or further lighten an airy, elegant kitchen. Due to their porous nature, marble flooring, countertops and backsplashes all require the same upkeep, including annual sealing. Additionally, be careful when working with food and beverages to avoid premature scratches, etches and stains.

As much maintenance as a marble backsplash requires, the good news is that it’s much easier to clean than tile and mosaic backsplashes that have tough-to-reach grout lines, nooks and crannies.

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Upgrade Your Kitchen With Aalto Marble Inlay

If you’re thinking of incorporating a marble floor, countertop or backsplash into your kitchen, our team at Aalto Marble Inlay can help bring your vision to life. We provide original, handcrafted marble inlays, adding style and luxury to any home.

Our custom marble inlays for backsplashes, islands and floors come in various ornate designs and colors, so we can easily coordinate marble with your existing aesthetic or add a distinctive flair to your kitchen.

Whether you dream of a lavish Parisian design, emerald green hues or another design concept, we can help you achieve the look you desire. We invite you to browse our design collections if you need inspiration for patterns and color schemes.

Let us help you create a marble backsplash, floor or countertop that speaks to your personal style. Contact Aalto today to learn more about our marble inlay services or request pricing.

How to Use Marble in the Bathroom

Marble is an excellent choice for bathrooms, adding style, texture and elegance. If you’re looking for ways to enhance your space with marble, we’ve created this guide to help you out. Explore various marble bathroom design ideas to gather some inspiration.

Is Marble Good for Bathroom Floors?

Some homeowners hesitate about installing marble bathroom floors, worrying that makeup stains, water, toothpaste and other daily bathroom blunders will compromise the beautiful stone. Don’t fret — when treated correctly, marble makes a durable option for a bathroom floor, as well as other elements like showers and countertops.

Here are some reasons to consider installing marble in your bathroom:

  • Aesthetic appeal: Marble has a gorgeous, exotic appeal that’s sure to make a statement for your bathroom. It features slightly varying patterns in each slab or tile, creating a custom appearance that lends itself to simple, natural spaces and luxurious, elegant homes alike. Furthermore, you can choose from limitless colors, finishes and styles, making it easy to match your aesthetic.
  • Ease of cleaning: With consistent sealing, marble can seamlessly resist liquid and other substances. When it does accumulate stains or become wet, you can easily clean it with a mop or rag. Just be sure to wipe up spills and messes right away. Additionally, allergens don’t typically attach and collect on marble, unlike carpet flooring. Should dust, pet hair or dander appear, it’s highly visible — especially on a darker color — and easy to sweep up.
  • Strength: Marble allows you to enjoy style and durability simultaneously. Whether water sloshing over the tub, damp towels on the floor or water drops on the countertop from the sink, this stone can tolerate almost anything. With proper maintenance, marble can be relatively scratch-resistant. Even if your marble does see some wear over time, a flooring professional can easily polish it back to the original finish.
  • Sustainability: If you prioritize green practices in your home, you’ll be pleased to know that marble flooring is eco-friendly and sustainable. It’s natural, chemical-free and biodegradable, making it a fantastic choice for your bathroom.

Marble Bathroom Design Inspiration

How can you add marble to your bathroom? Let’s look at a few options below.

1. Flooring

If you’re looking to turn your bathroom into a glamorous spa-like oasis, marble flooring is a great start. Consider using larger tiles if you have a smaller restroom — they can enlarge the space, helping it look and feel less cluttered. Fewer grout lines and a larger surface area on your walls can dramatically expand your bathroom.

Consider beautiful geometrics and intricate patterns for your marble flooring if solid colors and standard veining don’t speak to your style. Bold and exuberant, geometric tiles come in various patterns and hues suited to your personal taste. They can also add depth and interest to your space without overpowering it.

Remember that marble floors can be particularly slippery when wet. Consider choosing a finish with higher slip resistance, or add bath mats or rugs.

2. Shower Walls

Marble showers provoke feelings of relaxation, calmness and comfort. By incorporating this lavish stone into your shower walls, you can instantly transform your bathroom into a haven you won’t want to leave.

Whether you have an enclosed shower or a walk-in design, be sure to select marble that enhances your brassware with depth and luxury. Contrasting patterns, textures and colors can create a lovely standout effect.

3. Countertops

A marble bathroom countertop offers exquisite veining and character that other stones can’t rival. Marble remains cool naturally, so it’s unlikely to burn with heat exposure from a curling iron or straightener. Spills and stains are also easy to wipe up. It’s easy to see why marble is a popular choice for countertops.

Backsplashes

4. Backsplashes

A marble inlay backsplash can do wonders in enhancing your bathroom’s architecture. It can tie your remaining features together, creating a beautiful focal point for your space.

5. Bathtubs

Nothing says relaxation like lounging in a lush marble bathtub. It evokes feelings of peace and nature, offering a smooth and luxurious place to unwind. Additionally, marble tends to absorb heat better than other natural stones, allowing you to enjoy longer baths.

Like other bathroom elements, marble tubs come in many hues and patterns, so no two tubs are the same. This also makes it easy to coordinate your bathtub with other features like your shower, counter, flooring and backsplash.

6. Bathroom Accessories

Accessories are probably the simplest method for integrating marble into your bathroom. Some ideas might include a marble toothbrush holder, vase, soap pump or dish, cotton ball container or vanity tray. Try to synchronize your accessories with other marble details for a cohesive look.

Colors and Patterns

There are many shades to choose from when adding marble to your bathroom, but some popular color schemes are:

  • Light tones: Lighter marble hues like white, cream and beige can create the illusion of a larger space, especially when combined with larger tiles. Light marble lends a fresh, crisp and calming feel.
  • Dark tones: Darker marble colors like black and gray make a bolder statement while adding sophistication to your space.

Additionally, here are some eye-catching design concepts for your marble floor:

  • Romano: Our Romano Collection exhibits a bold combination of onyx and marble inlays for a luxurious restroom. Striking black and white expertly lend themselves to rich amber and ruby hues for a warm yet dramatic aesthetic.
  • Grand Luxe: Enjoy graceful geometrics and a striking gold and gray color palette with our Grand Luxe Collection. If you prefer light and breezy over dark and dramatic, Grand Luxe may be more to your liking.
  • Fiore: Taking inspiration from spiraling vines and elaborate flora and fauna, our Fiore Collection brings nature and timelessness to any space. Its warm palette boasts hints of tan, olive, cream, orange and maroon, radiating feelings of comfort and grandeur in your master bath.
  • Riviera: Ideal for a shower wall or bathroom floor, our Riviera Collection can elevate your space with splendor and class. Vibrant blue and gold hues give way to floral geometrics, creating a tasteful blend of classical and avant-garde inspiration.

Find Marble for Your Bathroom Floor From Aalto

Aalto Marble Inlay can help elevate your bathroom with original handcrafted marble flooring, shower walls, backsplashes or countertops. Offering a multitude of colors and patterns, we’ll work with you to create a high-end, customized design that brings your dream space to life.

Whether you’re reinforcing your existing bathroom design or starting completely from scratch, we can help accomplish your unique vision and needs. Feel free to explore our marble inlay design collections to gather ideas for colors and patterns.

Revamp your bathroom with style, elegance and luxury by turning to Aalto. Reach out to us to learn more about our products or request pricing.

Marble in the Living Room

Your living room is one of the most frequently used areas in your home, serving as a common gathering area for family members and guests alike. Therefore, an attractive living room aesthetic is essential. Marble can add a clean, elegant flair to any space, making it a beautiful choice for your living area.

If you’re looking to revamp your living room with a luxurious look and feel, you’ve come to the right place. Read on for plenty of marble floor living room ideas, as well as other ways to incorporate this exquisite material into your living room.

Is Marble Good for a Living Room?

Absolutely! There are various opportunities to incorporate marble into your home. Let’s look at some examples below.

1. Tables and Furniture

Marble furniture is a subtle yet beautiful way to work this material into your space. A marble living room table — whether a coffee table or an end table — is both stylish and functional with its smooth, durable top. You can add marble furniture to a room without other marble elements or use it to complement an existing marble accent wall.

Another benefit of marble furniture is that it uses a sustainable material. Extracting and cutting marble produces a low carbon footprint, making efficient use of natural resources. Investing in a marble table doesn’t just add elegance and refinement to your living room, but it’s also kinder to the environment.

2. Wall Slabs

A marble accent wall can transform an otherwise plain living room into a dignified space. It can tie an existing aesthetic together or create a starting point for an entire room remodel. An accent wall is essentially a permanent piece of artwork in a room, serving as a focal point that catches guests’ attention.

Commissioning a custom-designed marble mural is another way to add marble to your living room. While marble murals are common in showers, pool areas and spas, you can install them anywhere in a home that has stone.

3. Columns

While modern interior design trends emphasize open floor plans, you still want to highlight each room in your home. Marble columns can be an excellent solution. Marble columns feature clean detailing and straight edges, making them ideal for an elegant look and feel.

Floor-to-ceiling columns are often the first to come to mind, but they aren’t the only style to consider. You can also integrate smaller marble columns into a half-wall design. This allows for open lines of sight between spaces while still differentiating them from each other.

Because marble comes in a wide array of colors, you can easily find one that matches your existing design plans, meaning this renovation doesn’t have to be a major project.

4. Flooring

Marble is a timeless, luxurious flooring choice for a living room. Its unique shine and intricate veining are nothing short of elegant, taking your space to a beautiful new level. In addition, marble flooring is surprisingly easy to clean and maintain. It also stays cooler than other flooring materials, making it an excellent choice for regulating the temperature in a spacious living room exposed to direct sunlight.

There are also many design options for a marble floor. You can customize a marble inlay floor with intricate medallion designs or a beautiful border, creating a focal point that radiates class and grandeur. Whether nature-inspired designs or Greco-Roman-style patterns, you can tailor a marble floor to your unique taste.

How Do You Decorate a Room With Marble Floors?

Below are some styles, colors, patterns and customization options for marble flooring.

How Do You Decorate a Room With Marble Floors?

1. Styles

Here are two popular styles to consider for your living room’s marble flooring:

  • Medallions: Marble medallions come in various sizes, shapes, patterns, colors and applications. They can be round, square, oval or rectangular, depending on your taste. They can serve as a grand focal point or subtle accent that discreetly ties the room together. You can choose from our signature medallion or classic marble floor medallion collections, purchase our ready to ship medallions, or work with our designers for a custom medallion design.
  • Borders and accents: You can have marble borders and accents installed in any area where stone is used. They can be combined with medallions for living rooms and other formal home areas. You can easily customize colors, patterns and stones, making it easy to incorporate a marble inlay border design into an existing design scheme.

2. Colors

You’ll have many colors to choose from when installing marble flooring in your living room. Here are some timeless, elegant color palettes to consider:

  • Brown: Shades of brown like hazel and beige can bring warm, beautiful earth tones to your living room.
  • White: White marble flooring is a simple yet luxurious choice for a living room. If you desire a light and airy feel, white and green color combinations exude a classy, relaxed ambiance.
  • Gray: If a deep, sophisticated aesthetic is more your speed, consider shades of gray and mauve for a refined look.
  • Blue: Deep blues exude luxury. The use of blue stones in your marble floors creates a beautiful contrast. Rich blues are often an excellent accent color for many homes and spaces.

3. Patterns and Customization Options

Our custom-made marble medallions take inspiration from geometric and nautical designs, flora and fauna and early art. Below are some patterns and customization options to consider for your marble floor:

  • Parisian rotunda: Parisian rotunda is a sophisticated marble medallion choice, combining geometric and floral designs into a circular outline. Inlay it in your living room to light up your space instantly.
  • Greek key border: Ornate and elegant, the Greek key border design provides a classical aesthetic for your home. It can accommodate almost any marble medallion design.
  • Tivoli medallion: Tivoli marble medallion features a floral scroll-like pattern, mimicking Italian Renaissance and natural world designs. Its tasteful hues give way to rectangular geometry, undoubtedly drawing eyes to your living room floor.
  • Geometric trompe l’oeil: Emphasizing different perspectives on twirling lines, the geometric trompe l’oeil design creates a unique illusion that will likely cause some double takes. These marble medallions work particularly well in open areas, making them ideal for living room flooring.
  • Compass rose: Consider a compass rose marble medallion design for a nautical, whimsical feel. A simple glance at your living room floor may evoke feelings of nostalgia or the urge to travel.

Customize Your Living Room Flooring With Aalto Marble Inlay

Customize Your Living Room Flooring With Aalto Marble Inlay

If you’re looking to incorporate elegant marble flooring into your living room, turn to Aalto Marble Inlay for assistance. We specialize in original, luxury handcrafted marble inlays, which are fully customizable for any space.

For over 30 years, we’ve catered to a variety of clients, from interior designers to homeowners. As the nation’s only custom marble inlay manufacturer of its kind, you can count on us for luxury marble flooring and wall decor.

Whether you prefer vibrant floral patterns or elegant geometrics, Aalto can craft a customized marble inlay to suit your personal style. Contact us today to learn more about our products or request pricing.

Foyer Design: Invitation and Preview of the Rest of the Home

Making a statement with a foyer is an exciting process that requires planning and dedication. You can create the image of a grand entryway that easily astonishes and intrigues guests and family — so where do you start?

With dozens of original and luxury foyer design options, you can create a stunning entryway to a beautiful home for all to admire. Take a look at the following foyer design tips for more information about how you can design it to fit your aesthetic.

The Importance of a Welcoming and Stylistic Foyer

First impressions always make an impact — the same goes for your foyer. The style of your entryway lays the groundwork for your space, influencing your guests’ overall perception of your home. A luxury foyer design can set the stage for the entire house, so it’s essential to make it count.

Picking a Design Style

You can never go wrong with a timeless style and elegant flair often found in mansions, historic homes and other beautiful properties. You can achieve a charming foyer with the colors and flooring materials that you pick.

While creating a specific design style can take time and dedication to ensure your entryway looks perfect, one trick can make it easier — take inspiration from your closet. Creating a foyer that reflects your aesthetic is a great way to make it feel like home while making the space look timelessly distinguished. To make this space reflect your style, note any repeating colors, patterns or style preferences you see in your clothing, shoes and jewelry.

These design elements are why you choose to wear them, and you can use them again in one of the most visited places in your home. If you are working on this space for a client, encourage them to pick styles they feel attached to before selecting any flooring materials or decor.

The Elements of Foyer Design

There are many ways to design and adorn your foyer. We’ve touched on a couple of the key elements of foyer design to help guide you as you plan for your new entryway.

Color Pallete

Your selection of colors can significantly impact the ambiance you create when guests make their way into the house. There are several color pallets that feel inviting and provide an unmistakable classic elegance in the room.

If you want the foyer to feel welcoming, you can choose bold and dignified shades highlighting the decor you place near the front door, stairs, hallways and walls.

Your color palette can create a statement the minute someone walks through the front entrance. Remember to incorporate shades that speak to your or your client’s style while keeping timeless elegance as your top priority.

Floors

The flooring you choose for your foyer can draw guests’ attention to several different focal points in the room. Think of these current blank spaces as a canvas to start your luxury foyer design from scratch. From there, you can branch out to other decor elements in the entryway.

To create an elegant floor in the foyer, consider choosing marble, onyx or semi-precious stone as the material. With dozens of timeless colors, textures and patterns to choose from, there are unlimited styles to create, starting with the flooring.

The following are a few of our stones that would be excellent choices for marble flooring for foyers:

  • Bianco Perlina
  • Rosa Onyx
  • Empress Green
  • Celeste Blue
  • Lapis
  • Michelangelo

Any of these impressively beautiful stone colors and patterns can create a bold statement about the house and leave guests intrigued about the rest of the designs throughout the home.

To enhance the beautiful entryway interior design elements, there is one last touch you can add to the flooring to make the room stand out — signature or classic medallions as the focal point of the foyer’s flooring. You can easily highlight the classic themes of the entryway that you or the client chooses with dramatic and sophisticated marble floor inlays.

Marble Medallions

For historical and greek-inspired marble inlays, signature medallions are perfect for an elegant entryway. The geometric patterns offer symmetry for any foyer layout, including large open spaces, round entrances and spaces between staircases. You can choose sizes ranging from 3 feet to 30 feet in diameter to match the foyer of any home.

Customized marble classic medallion inlays also look beautiful in various foyer layouts. You can choose several colors and styles for your entryway medallions that come in circle, diamond, rectangle and square shapes. Classic medallions can enhance your design for this open space whether you choose nautical, floral or scroll-style themes.

Decor

Several other factors go into designing a foyer that can make your entryway stand out and fit your aesthetic. Some additional design elements that you can incorporate into the entrance to make it feel inviting include:

  • Utilize natural lighting: Sunlight and windows make a great pair in large foyers. While chandeliers and hanging lights make the open space more elegant, the natural daylight can also make the area feel warm, inviting and comfortable for those visiting the home. Keeping curtains open during the day can make a huge difference during these get-togethers.
  • Add personal items: Hanging pictures of family photos, paintings and individual achievements can make the foyer feel like home for you or your client. With just a splash of personalized decor, guests will feel intrigued to take a closer look at these items and ask about each item as they explore the foyer.
  • Place furniture in the center of the room: Symmetry is one of the most noticeable and stylish choices you can make for your or your client’s foyer. The easiest way to create a balanced layout in the entryway is to place a piece of furniture in the center of the space. The object can include a round wooden table, a beautiful chandelier, a grand piano or a hanging lantern light. This subtle design element can tie the room’s aesthetic together and invite guests to explore more of the space.
  • Install hanging mirrors: One fascinating design element few homeowners know about is the power of mirror placement in entryways. As you or your client’s guests walk through the foyer, they will notice the color palette, decor and other aesthetic designs. When you install a mirror on one of the walls in the entryway, they can look through the reflection and see a whole new perspective of the area. This subtle design tip makes a significant difference in observing the foyer.

Contact Aalto Marble Inlay About Your Entryway Flooring

Contact Aalto to turn your vision of timeless, elegant marble flooring into a reality. At Aalto Marble Inlay, we create custom marble medallions that can give you the foyer design you desire.

Our team of experts can design an elegant entryway that wows and welcomes guests to your equally beautiful home. Contact our designers about your foyer today!

The Complete Guide to Luxury Bedroom Remodeling

Remodeling a bedroom is an exciting process that lets you add your style to one of the most important rooms in your home. You may have a few design ideas that you want to incorporate into your remodeling plans, but where do you start making these changes?

You can turn your vision into reality as long as you keep certain considerations and bedroom decorating ideas in mind. Follow this guide to bedroom remodeling to help you on your journey to designing the perfect luxury bedroom.

What to Know Before Remodeling a Bedroom

Bedroom renovations can take extensive planning and dedication before your vision comes to life. Consider the following luxury bedroom renovation steps to ensure everything goes smoothly during your remodeling project.

Consider Your Style

Before you start plannning the details, it’s important to settle on a desired style for the space. Your style choice will inform all your other decisions, so it’s important to have a clear plan in mind for your luxury bedroom to cometogether beautifuly. Everyone’s style preferences are different. You can incorporate your favorite designs into bedroom renovations through colors, patterns and decor. If you’re not sure where to start, you can take inspiration from several popular interior styles, including:

  • Glam: Think of glam-styled interior design as old Hollywood regency. Timeless elegance, beautiful white and gold shades and 1920’s aesthetics make up this style. It’s a choice that’s sure to look beautiful in luxury bedrooms.
  • Nautical: If you’ve always dreamed about living on the water, you can achieve the same aesthetic with a nautical-style interior design plan. Using whites and blues on the walls and in the decor can create a seaside atmosphere inside your home.
  • Simplistic: Sometimes, less really is more. If you want subtle designs that complement the natural elegance of your bedroom, you can go with a simplistic style interior design plan. White, beige and black with touches of marble and wood is a simple and refined style that would look great in any home.
  • Victorian: Make your bedroom feel like a dignified vintage space with historic architectural elements. Victorian-style rooms create the same elegance you would see in royal gathering areas or ballrooms with beautiful brown and ivory color pallets.

Luxury Bedroom Decorating Ideas

Now that you have some guidelines and inspiration, you can start establishing the areas in your bedroom that you want to enhance. Remember to keep your style in mind as you look at new features or themes to incorporate. Consider the following decoration inspiration ideas while you finalize your vision for a glamorous bedroom.

Wall Colors

Even the slightest pop of color gives your bedroom a stylish flair. For timeless elegance, you can choose neutral, vibrant or bold tones that highlight the various focal points in the room.

  • Vibrant hues: For a bright splash of color that highlights your favorite tones and creates an elegant ambiance, you can paint your walls with vibrant shades. These colors include sunny yellow, burnt orange, blush pink, ivy green and lilac.
  • Neutral tones: For timeless themed elegance, neutral tones such as ivory, cream, gray, beige and black work perfectly in bedrooms. These classy colors help easily highlight other furniture and decor in the room.
  • Bold colors: Deep shades of your favorite colors can make your bedroom feel more comforting while keeping the elegant ambiance you desire. Bold colors you can use in your bedroom include navy blue, emerald green, burgundy, dark teal or aubergine.

Flooring

With the right wall color to make the room stand out, you can also install beautiful marble flooring that adds to the distinguished style of your bedroom. You can choose from various colors, patterns and materials, and there are no limits to the elegant designs you can create throughout this living space.

When remodeling a bedroom, you can use your floor as the blank canvas to transform the room into a beautiful living space for yourself or your client.

Choose from gorgeous finishes and colors from the marble collection that include onyx, semi-precious stone and marble for an undeniably elegant addition to your bedroom.

You can add even more timeless style to your floors with marble medallion inlays that bring symmetrical and distinguished designs to the center of your open space. If you want to incorporate a coat of arms or crests into your home, our customized signature medallions are perfect for your bedroom’s floor.

Decor

The decor you choose can make your new luxury bedroom feel larger and more elaborate. These bedroom decor ideas can help create an enchanting space while only adding a few extra steps to your renovation plans.

  • Add textures: A few fluffy rugs and bed pillows can draw your eyes to the subtle details around the room. Even a few textured paintings create the illusion of a larger space.
  • Hang mirrors: Create the illusion of a bigger bedroom with the help of hanging mirrors. Installing one or two elegant mirrors on your walls provides an additional perspective and light reflectivity to the room, making the bedroom feel bigger and more luxurious.
  • Frame the bed: The bed is typically the main focal point in the bedroom. Your attention naturally goes to this area, and framing it can leave extra space in the other open areas. You can frame your bed by placing two nightstands on either side, installing art beside the bedframe or using sophisticated colored accents on the wall where the bed rests.

Lighting

Luxury bedroom lighting provides the perfect opportunity to explore different hues that complement the colors in your space. Depending on the wall color you choose for your bedroom, you can match the tones to your lighting to tie the room together perfectly.

Select white lighting for your bedroom if you choose a cool wall tone, such as blue, green, purple, gray or teal. If you plan to add a warm tone to your walls — like red, yellow, orange, brown or beige — yellow lighting works best. This subtle design element makes a significant difference in the aesthetic of your luxury bedroom.

You can also look for unique lighting styles that accentuate the elegant features you plan to include in your bedroom. Beautiful lighting features you can install include:

  • Chandeliers
  • Hanging lantern-style lights
  • Crystal hanging lights
  • Waterfall rectangular hanging lights
  • Built-in bedside wall lamps
  • Sculptural pendants

Contact Aalto Marble Inlay About Your Bedroom Remodeling Plans

If you desire beautifully crafted marble floors and medallions for your bedroom, Aalto can create the designs of your dreams. At Aalto Marble Inlay, we prioritize providing customized and intricate marble, onyx and semi-precious stone layouts that can fit any room in your home. We work with you to design your perfect floors, borders and accents, bathroom features or backsplashes. We also take care to record the dimensions in your desired living space to ensure your new styled addition looks perfect in your home.

We’d to love to talk with you about your remodeling plans! Contact us today to get started on your luxury bedroom renovation project.

How Does a Waterjet Cutter Work?

Marble inlay is an intricate process. It requires a skilled and watchful hand to design the art, craft it into marble and install it into your home. To create these marble designs flawlessly, a waterjet cutter is essential.

Some homeowners may concern themselves with the finished product — as long as it is installed correctly and the design meets their expectations, they are satisfied. Others want to know how the marble design is crafted. If you relate to the latter group, discover how waterjet cutters work and craft breathtaking marble designs.

What Is a Waterjet?

A waterjet is a manufacturing tool that can cut through thick metals and other substances with extreme precision, enabling technicians to cut intricate designs into tough materials. Some can even cut through diamonds.

Waterjet cutting machines allow technicians to do what was once considered impossible, or at least impossibly tedious, through the use of computer-controlled geometry and high-pressure jets of water. With that technology, a waterjet can cleanly cut through the following materials with precision:

  • Acrylic
  • Aluminum
  • Brass
  • Carbon steel
  • Ceramic
  • Copper
  • Fiberglass
  • Foam
  • Glass
  • Granite
  • Linoleum
  • Kevlar
  • Marble
  • Plexiglass
  • Stainless steel
  • Titanium

Waterjet machines are also quite large. A small waterjet machine is around 2 feet long and 2 feet wide, while a large waterjet machine can be as substantial as 46 feet long and 13 feet wide. Considering that bulk, the essential parts of a waterjet machine include:

  • A hydraulic intensifier water pump
  • A sapphire, diamond or stainless steel nozzle that directs the high-pressure water into a single beam
  • A hydraulic accumulator for water pressure regulation
  • A computer-based control system to ensure steady flow and accurate cutting
  • A valve to control the flow of water
  • An X-Y Traverse system to direct the cutting head along the desired path
  • A cutting table that supports the material with slats to prevent damage to the table

Depending on the machine’s size and technology, there may be additional parts on a waterjet cutter. Some waterjets mix an abrasive substance with the water, such as crushed garnet, which is added to the water flow through an abrasive inlet and mixed in a tube moments before the mixture exits the diamond or sapphire nozzle. An abrasive waterjet can cut through 12-inch thick materials at maximum, but most applications only require it to cut through materials that are three inches thick on average.

Other waterjets include a multi-axis cutting head for making angled cuts with computer-controlled precision. Newer models also substitute a hydraulic intensifier pump with a crankshaft-driven pump, which is more efficient and creates increased pressure.

How Does a Waterjet Work?

As a water-based cutting system, waterjet is a non-thermal, mechanical process that uses accelerated erosion to cut through materials. As such, it contrasts plasma and laser cutting methods. When abrasive grit is added to the water, it accelerates the erosion of the material, like a toothed blade, and it does so at rapid speeds and splitting pressures.

Inner Workings of a Waterjet

Not to be confused with a pressure washer to wash your car, waterjet machines pump out water through a nozzle at upward of 55,000 PSI and 700 mph. In comparison, a pressure washer pumps out water anywhere between 500 to 3,000 PSI. When cutting, waterjets use between a half to five gallons of water per minute (GPM).

This pressurized stream of fast-flowing water exits through a nozzle opening that ranges from 0.075 to 0.4 mm in diameter, creating a razor-sharp edge to cut through the material. Waterjet nozzles are typically made of sapphire or diamond because those materials are highly durable and protect against erosion. However, some nozzles may consist of hardened or stainless steel.

When this high-pressure and high-velocity beam of water contacts the targeted material, it cuts through it like a slice of cheese. However, since water is liquid, it tends to bend slightly when it cuts through material, causing rounded corners and curves. To correct this movement, the computer-driven cutting head predicts the motion of the water and adjusts accordingly to ensure the cut is straight and precise. The waterjet also cuts material at different speeds depending on how difficult it is to cut.

How Professionals Use a Waterjet

Before getting into the details of how to use a waterjet, it is important to note that only individuals with certified waterjet training should operate a waterjet cutter, due to the power and potential for damage the machine can cause through improper use. With that said, here are the ten 10  basic steps to using a waterjet:

  1. Set parameters in the computer and generate a cutting path
  2. Ensure the machine exterior is free from obstructions
  3. Open the water valve
  4. Remove pieces of previous projects from the machine
  5. Refill garnet hopper with abrasive additive
  6. Home the machine, i.e. command the machine to go to its default position
  7. Set material in proper position beneath cutting head
  8. Check the water line
  9. Test the garnet hose
  10. Make the cut using computer controls

Waterjet Designs for Marble

We have covered what a waterjet is and how it works, and those details come together to create endless marble design options. Here is why waterjet is the ideal stone-cutting tool and some of the design options waterjets can create.

Cut Tiles With Near-Zero Risk of Damage

When used properly, a waterjet will cut through marble cleanly without chipping or damaging the material. Because waterjets operate through a mechanical process of accelerated erosion, there is no risk of thermal damage to the material. While other mechanical cutting methods like lathes are slow and can easily cause minor chips here and there in the material, waterjets’ speed and pressure create smooth cuts quickly.

Design Identical Inner and Outer Inlay Pieces

Waterjets can easily create identical inner and outer pieces for marble inlay, ensuring the finished marble inlay design precisely matches your vision for the artwork, tile or medallion.

Create Intricate Designs

Unlike most other cutting machines and methods, the computer-driven mechanisms of waterjet machines allow them to create intricate curves and precise geometrical designs. There is no better tool for crafting marble medallions with lavish designs.

Layer Tiles

In addition to creating geometrically complex designs with interweaving lines and delicate curves, waterjet machines can also produce layered designs to provide a sculpted look to your walls or ceilings.

Engrave Marble

A waterjet machine can carve engravings in marble like a needle in clay. No matter how complex the design you wish to carve into your marble medallion is, a waterjet can deliver the finished product with astounding precision.

Contact Aalto Marble Inlay

At Aalto Marble Inlay, we custom-make all of our classically-inspired marble medallion designs using a state-of-the-art waterjet machine. Our artists create the designs according to your vision, and our skilled artisans craft the design in marble through waterjet cutting. If you would like to learn more about our process for creating marble medallions and designs, we welcome you to contact us today.

What Kind of Marble Medallion Is Best For My Space?

Installing a marble medallion is a significant investment. Since they generally involve a long-lasting commitment, you should be certain about what kind of marble medallion is best for your space before you make your final decision.

One of the most important considerations when making your choice is the medallion’s design:

  • What colors fit best with your space?
  • Are there any cultural influences you want to be incorporated?
  • Do you want it to be the room’s focal point or provide background ambiance?

Along with determining the best marble medallion designs for your space, there are also practical considerations to factor in:

  • What size of marble medallion is best for your room?
  • Are marble inlays slippery?

We’ll do our best to thoroughly answer both your aesthetic and practical concerns to help you choose your perfect marble medallion.

Types of Marble Medallion

Marble medallions come in all different shapes, sizes, patterns, hues and applications. They can be squares, circles, rectangles or ovals. They can serve as a focal point, filling a room with grandeur, or provide a subtle accent that quietly ties the room together.

Our custom-made medallions take inspiration from flora and fauna, nautical and geometric patterns and designs and art through the ages. Here are a few of our favorites.

Parisian Rotunda

With floral and geometric designs combined in a circular outline, a Parisian rotunda is the epitome of elegance for marble medallions. Inlay it in your kitchen, bathroom, dining room, living room or grand foyer — it will light up any room.

Greek Key Border

The Greek Key design is both elegant and modern, ornate and sleek.

This design’s Greek heritage allows homeowners and interior designers to stay true to classically inspired design. Meanwhile, its meandering and inward-turning lines create a look that fits equally well with modern design, a likely reason for the design’s sustained popularity.

A Greek Key border is adaptable to nearly any marble medallion design.

Tivoli Medallion

The Tivoli marble medallion, with its floral scroll-like patterns, echoes the look of the Italian Renaissance. Set with tasteful hues, its floral patterns and designs inspired by the natural world complement the geometry of its rectangular border.

Geometric Trompe L’oeil

Geometric trompe l’oeil designs are deceptively delightful, simultaneously drawing your eye and demanding you step back. Different perspectives on the twirling lines present a pattern that reveals as much as it conceals.

Marble medallions with a geometric trompe l’oeil design typically work well in open areas — a floor in your living area, accent wall in your dining room or statement piece in your dining area.

Compass Rose

The nautical design of a compass rose marble medallion will evoke feelings of nostalgia and whimsy in you and your guests. Install it in your bathroom as a backsplash, beneath your staircase as a floor piece or in your master bedroom as a personal reminder of where you want to go. Your home has countless applications for a compass rose design.

Best Marble Medallions in Kitchens & Bathrooms

Your kitchen and bathrooms are functional areas, naturally busy with appliances and other utility items. While you want the marble medallions there to dazzle rather than distract, there are still aesthetic elements to consider in these areas. Aesthetics are especially important in your bathroom. The right aesthetics create a calming atmosphere, making the room feel like a five-star spa.

Marble Inlay Showers

While your shower may seem like a purely functional item, a marble inlay medallion can help you turn it into a work of art. Select the colors and designs that fit your vision and make it as elaborate or as discreet as you wish.

Backsplashes

marble medallion backsplash provides a background aura of extravagance, inviting attention without demanding it. These backsplashes are essential additions to your kitchen or bathroom to bring a subtle touch of elegance to the space.

Best Marble Medallions in Grand Foyers

A grand foyer offers your guests their first impression of your home, setting their expectations for what lies beyond.

For example, you can take your guests’ breath away with a custom Tivoli medallion or Parisian mosaic floor piece, inviting all who enter to witness its grandeur. Alternatively, you could opt for a medallion with a subtle allure — a round marble medallion with a geometric Trompe l’oeil or simple chateau design may offer that quiet attraction.

Marble Medallion Placement in Grand Foyers

Since you and your guests may track dirt in when you enter, you should set a floor medallion at a reasonable distance from the doorway. It’s also a good idea to place an area rug in the space between, catching any stray dirt before it gets to the medallion. Doing so will help your grand foyer marble medallion flooring stays flawless and pristine.

You can also dazzle your guests with a marble medallion in an accent wall. A mural of marble medallions is sure to catch your visitors’ attention.

Benefits of Investing in Marble Medallions

Investing in marble medallions will instantly upgrade your home’s interior with classically inspired art and design. However, marble medallions also have several practical benefits as well. We’ll cover the aesthetic and practical benefits of marble medallions below.

Great for Bathrooms

Marble’s limited porosity means it resists soaking up water and stains if you maintain it properly, making it ideal for areas that see plenty of water.

However, polished marble does have a higher slip risk than other flooring types. If you install polished marble, it’s vital to include rugs in high-slip areas of your bathroom. You can also choose a less polished marble for the floor and save the polished marble for the walls to minimize slips.

Unquestionably Opulent

Marble medallions inlaid in your floors, walls or countertops provide an air of sophistication. A hallway adorned with an elaborate rectangular marble medallion evokes hints of royalty and distinction. A grand foyer graced with a statement marble medallion is both exotic and classic, inviting your guests into the warm opulence of your home.

Endlessly Customizable

Marble medallions can be customized any way you wish. You can include art and design honoring and inspired by your heritage, choose from a broad marble floor color palette and select a size that fits your room.

Easy to Install

Marble medallions are incredibly easy to install, whether you want to apply them yourself or hire a professional stone layer to inlay the medallion.

Our medallions use a dry-fit method for inlaying to ensure correct placement. After dry-fitting designated pieces, the installer will set up the remaining inlay portions against the dry-fit piece. We pre-grout all of our sub-assembled pieces and include a matching grout to reinforce the remaining inlay portions.

Contact Aalto for Your New Marble Medallions

Marble medallions will imbue your walls, floors and home with an aura of unrivaled grace and sophistication. Let Aalto turn your vision for your home into a reality.

Wherever you choose to adorn your home with marble medallions, we have many customizable options to choose from. Contact Aalto Marble Inlay for more information on what marble medallion is best for you or request our marble medallion price listings.

A Complete Guide to Luxury Kitchen Remodeling

A home revolves around its kitchen. Whether you’re eating with your family, hosting your friends or enjoying a quiet cup of coffee, the kitchen is the heart of a house. It’s the place where some of our best memories are made. So shouldn’t yours live up to your expectations?

Many homeowners think so. Kitchens are the most remodeled rooms in houses, and upgraded kitchens increase property value and appeal to home buyers. Whether you’re looking to make an upgrade for yourself or sell your house at a premium, kitchen renovations are a great investment. But if you want to do it well, you need a plan.

That’s why we created this guide to kitchen remodeling. We want to help you turn your space into a household haven and fill it with the luxuries you desire. If you’re interested in incorporating marble into your new kitchen design, contact us for more information!

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How to Plan for a Kitchen Remodel

Renovations of kitchens don’t start with demolition. They start with dreaming up your ideal space. A kitchen has many moving parts that require you to understand your preferences, lifestyle and aspirations. This kitchen remodeling guide is all about giving you ideas and language to articulate your wants and needs to designers, contractors, architects and artisans. To do that best, you’ll need to start by knowing what you want in a luxury kitchen.

1. Collect Ideas

The first step in your remodel is to imagine your makeover. If you’re planning a renovation, you probably already have some changes in mind. Take a moment to write down some of those ideas in a notebook, on your phone or even with a Pinterest board. Build on these ideas by browsing pictures of kitchens. Look for patterns and ask yourself questions like:

  • What are your kitchen must-haves?
  • What colors keep popping up?
  • What little details are you attracted to?

If you’re having trouble coming up with common themes among your choices, ask someone whose style you admire to review your favorites and see if they notice any trends. This will come in handy as you build out your renovation plan.

2. Consider Flow, Form and Function

Now that you have those ideas, let’s take a broad view of your space. A kitchen is more than counters, cabinets and appliances. It requires careful consideration of flow, or how you move through the kitchen; form, or how it looks; and function, or how you use it. These three factors work together to make a space aesthetically pleasing and functional. Let’s break them down.

Flow: Choosing a Layout

In the spirit of flow, we need to consider the layout of your kitchen. Layout dictates how you’re going to move around the room and use its amenities, like the stove, fridge and sink. These three actually make up something designers call the work triangle. Developed in the early 20th century, the work triangle is still the golden rule of kitchen design. The goal is to streamline the rotation between prepping at the sink, cooking at the stove and food storage in the refrigerator. The work triangle is the basis for some of the most popular kitchen layouts — L-shape, U-shape and G-shape.

L-shape kitchens are a tried-and-true layout due to their versatility and compatibility. True to its name, this layout looks like one long row of cabinetry that sits perpendicular to another shorter row of cabinetry. U-shape, or horseshoe, kitchens are laid out just like their name suggests, with cabinets running around three adjoining walls or by using a peninsula for the third wall. G-shape kitchens expand the U-shape by adding a peninsula to one of the two outer walls of the horseshoe. This creates even more counter and storage space or allows you to add some seating on the outside facing side of the cabinetry.

You may be wondering which of these is an open concept kitchen. The good news is that all these layouts can work well in an open concept home, as long as you use islands and peninsulas to make up some of the structural components of your layout. Another thing that most of these designs can incorporate is an island. Kitchen islands are a great addition to most layouts and can serve as additional space for prep, storage, seating, a second sink or appliances like wine coolers, drawer microwaves or dishwashers. As long as you keep your work triangle in mind, incorporating an island is an excellent way to give your space an added touch of luxury.

Form: Settling on a Style

When it comes to interior design, the list of styles is endless. While it can be good to get specific, it can also be overwhelming. When settling on a style, it’s best to consider what you’re already doing with the rest of your home decor — unless you plan on updating more spaces than this one. You don’t want your new kitchen renovation to stick out like a sore thumb. You want it to shine for the right reasons.

Take a look at the images and ideas you collected to see if any color palettes pop up. According to The Houzz 2021 Kitchen Trend Study, most renovations are favoring neutral colors with hints of grey, though some homeowners are testing out black appliances, gray flooring, colorful backsplashes and blue walls. Any style can create spectacular results. Just remember to keep cohesiveness in mind as your style guide.

Function: Imagining How You’ll Use It

Ultimately, a kitchen is a workspace. As you’re planning a kitchen renovation, think about how you already use it and what you can do to make those tasks easier or more enjoyable. Do you want a baker’s paradise? A chef’s oasis? A grillmaster’s haven? Do you want to try your hand at bread making or host wine tastings? Do you need ample counter space to prepare your annual Thanksgiving feast or the company Christmas party? Even if some of these things are only aspirations, dreaming up a kitchen that could turn them into a reality is worth your time and energy.

As you imagine how you want to use your kitchen, you’ll want to get specific about how much actual space you have to use. The available square footage can help you narrow down your options. A typical kitchen makes up 10% to 15% of a home’s floor plan, but knowing the exact number is important. Measure the room’s length and width, and then multiply those two numbers to get your total square footage. This may be helpful information to share with any professionals you hire.

Consider whether you plan to open up your space as well. Is your current kitchen too small for the design you’re dreaming up? You’ll want to bring in an architect if you plan to make any structural changes. But if you’re worried about space and expansion isn’t an option, remember that luxury isn’t always about size. Luxury is often found in your attention to detail.

Details of a Luxury Kitchen Renovation

You can add opulent touches to your space in several different ways. From high-end appliances to beautiful islands and organized storage, the opportunities are abundant. We’ve broken down some key kitchen details to help you expand your renovation plan and add a splash of luxury.

1. Appliances

One of the cornerstones of a luxury kitchen remodel is appliances. When looking for your ideal appliances, think about factors like energy efficiency, special features, professional quality and style. Smart home and wireless technology are on the rise and worth investigating if you’re already using smart home tools like Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home.

Here is a checklist of main appliances you’ll want to incorporate, as well as some tips for choosing the best one for you:

  • Refrigerators: When considering this staple appliance, storage capacity is an important factor. Side-by-side or French door refrigerators tend to be more spacious compared to traditional fridges. Some modern smart refrigerators contain great features like tablet integration — they can even help you make a grocery list. If you have the space, you may even consider a walk-in fridge.
  • Stoves and ranges: When considering a stove, you’ll have to decide between gas or electric. Most professional chefs cook with gas, making it a popular choice for luxury kitchens. Be sure to speak to your contractor about whether your house is set up to use gas or how to incorporate it in your remodel.
  • Ovens: One of the best parts of a luxury kitchen is having room for multiple ovens. This is an essential feature for any host planning large gatherings. It’s also beneficial to have multiple options that can serve different purposes as you cook foods at various settings and temperatures.

Some kitchen designers will incorporate two or more of these key appliances, such as a main fridge paired with a drink fridge or a gas stove, as well as an electric countertop burner. But these are just the mainstays of the modern kitchen. Your choices expand when you think about adding high-end options. Some other built-in appliances worth considering are:

  • Dishwashers
  • Range hoods
  • Microwaves
  • Coffee makers
  • Wine fridges or reserves
  • Pot fillers

When it comes to styling your appliances, stainless steel is a timeless, professional-quality choice. If you’re looking for something more unique, just make sure the rest of your appliances coordinate.

2. Cabinetry

Another cornerstone of a luxury kitchen is cabinetry. Cabinets take up the most space in your kitchen and can make a statement about your home. When choosing cabinet colors, think about how the color will affect the ambiance. Dark woods can make a kitchen seem smaller if there isn’t adequate lighting. You’ll also want to consider which fixtures will match your style, as these can be excellent statement pieces too. High-quality, hand-crafted cabinetry can add character to any home kitchen.

3. Counters and Backsplashes

Counters also take up a lot of room and can be a main focal point. Since you’ll be doing all your prep on them, you’ll want to consider the right material for the job. For instance, marble is scratch-resistant, heat-tolerant and classic.

Since colorful backsplashes are in style, this could be the place to add that extra touch of luxury you’re looking for. Marble inlays are an excellent way to make a statement while also incorporating something unique. Since you can choose from many marble colors, you could incorporate a custom inlay in any style and color palette. Certain designs, such as the timeless medallion, can add a subtle yet stately flourish to any kitchen.

4. Sinks and Faucets

According to “What Home Buyers Really Want, 2021 Edition” from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), a double sink was the most desired kitchen feature, so plan your space accordingly. High-tech faucets are also popular, especially no-touch options. A second sink can also be a handy feature to add to your island for hand washing and additional prep space.

5. Lighting and Flooring

Lighting and flooring are two great ways to serve your senses. The right lighting can highlight the best parts of your new kitchen, while fixtures serve as statement pieces. Light can influence the room’s atmosphere, so consider fixture placement and dimmable bulbs to give your kitchen an elegant treatment.

Flooring, on the other hand, helps to ground you in a space both literally and aesthetically. It ties your room together top to bottom. Consider luxury upgrades like radiant heat or a custom marble inlay. As with countertops, the flooring material is a critical factor when choosing what’s best for your space since it affects the floor’s durability, color options and how easy it will be to clean.

6. Tables and Seating

Since the kitchen is a natural gathering space, adding some flair to your seating could be another way to incorporate luxurious details. Leather or hand-crafted chairs can bring natural textures and tones to your space. Including a signature tabletop can tie the kitchen together with a breakfast nook or dining area and serve as a visual bridge between your new remodel and an adjacent room.

Who to Hire for Your Kitchen Renovation

Now that our kitchen remodeling guide has helped you create your vision, it’s time to turn that dream into a reality. Hiring the right people to remodel your home can turn a big project into a seamless experience. Whether you want hand-built cabinetry or beautiful marble inlays, choosing the right artisan can also make all the difference. Finding experienced professionals whose attention to detail is only rivaled by their customer service can turn your kitchen into a showpiece for years to come.

At Aalto Marble Inlay, we specialize in creating memorable marble inlays for homeowners, designers and builders with sophisticated tastes. We know how to partner with our customers to make their visions come to life. Whether you want a signature backsplash, a beautiful table, elegant flooring or a unique countertop, we can help you add these touches of luxury to your kitchen, as well as many other places in your home.

Call us today to tell us more about your renovation, or fill out our online contact form to get started on the kitchen of your dreams.

The Complete Guide to Luxury Bathroom Remodeling

A luxury bathroom renovation is a decision you’ll always appreciate. Create your dream master bathroom to give yourself a place to unwind. You can choose special features — such as an oversized bathtub or a cozy sauna — to make this place your own. This bathroom renovation guide will provide you with everything you need to design your ideal bathroom, from heated floors to marble inlay walls.

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Factors to Consider for Your Luxury Bathroom Updates

Before you create your design, you need to figure out the best layout for your bathroom. Let your imagination run wild as you craft the ideal bathroom in your house. Think about the following features to guide your bathroom remodeling as you plan:

  • How many people will use your bathroom? While most homeowners reserve their luxury bathroom for themselves, you may also design your guest bathroom with elegant, high-class materials. Before planning your decoration for this part of the house, think about how many people will be using it regularly. Knowing this information will help you figure out what storage and plumbing needs you’ll have.
  • What is your morning routine? As you plan your bathroom design, consider how much time you spend in the bathroom throughout the day. Will you be using this part of the house to shower or just to apply makeup and freshen yourself up? For a spacious bathroom, you could create functional areas, like a double vanity or a water closet designed for your toilet.
  • What do you need to store? Think about what you’ll keep in the bathroom, like toiletries or a hairdryer. Put the items you frequently use in an easily accessible area. Take this opportunity to go through your current bathroom storage and throw out what you haven’t used in a while.
  • What are your daily habits? How you utilize your bathroom throughout the day will affect its design and layout. Figure out if your current bathroom has hindered you or accommodated any medical issues you may have. Design your living space with unique features like towel warmers or heated floors according to your personal preferences.
  • Where do you see yourself in the next five years? If you’re planning on selling your house, you could create a luxury bathroom for its resale value. If not, remember that a luxury bathroom renovation is well worth the investment if you want to stay in your home for years to come. Make this room in the house your own by deciding whether you want it to be a place to relax.

How to Plan for a Bathroom Remodel

Once you have the vision fresh in your mind, you can put your ideas on paper. Follow these tips to start the process of installing a brand-new luxury bathroom:

  • Get your budget in order: For a luxury bathroom design, you know you’ll be treating yourself by investing in the highest quality materials and layout. Save a little extra money for unexpected costs during the installation process.
  • Find a professional contractor: Hire a licensed and insured contractor who can capture your vision for your luxury bathroom. Shop around and get multiple estimates from different reliable companies. Focus on what each contractor promises to do and the quality of work they can provide. If you try to save money by hiring the one with the cheapest estimate, you may end up with more unexpected costs and mediocre results.
  • Plan for installation and get ready for demo: The project can take a couple of weeks, so you need to prepare your home and schedule. Order the materials before the contractor begins so that you don’t have to delay your project while waiting for the tiles and countertops to arrive. Aside from preparing your house for the renovation, adjust your daily routine to accommodate workers walking through your home and making noise.
  • Inspect the bathroom: Keep all your paperwork and receipts related to the project to monitor what you’ve spent and what work the contractor did. When they’re finished installing your luxury bathroom, you should thoroughly check the shower, tub and tiles to make sure they all meet your expectations. Create a list of anything you’d like the contractor to fix, like sloppy grout work or a loose faucet.

Designing a Luxury Bathroom

While you’re creating your high-class bathroom redesign, first choose a theme. If you’re not sure where to start, look through pictures online or in a magazine and collect some that capture your attention. Knowing what design style you like will help you pick out the right materials for your bathroom.

1. Layout

If you’re doing a full bathroom remodel, everything in the room will change, including the layout. Draw up a rough outline of where you want to put the toilet, shower and sink. You should also figure out the best place to install outlets to use your hair products and quickly charge your phone.

Here are some standard layouts that may work for this part of your house:

  • Three-quarter bath layout: Most guest bathrooms follow this floor plan because it doesn’t take up a lot of space in the house. The sink and shower face opposite each other, and the toilet is next to the shower. Having the plumbing on the same wall will save you money in labor.
  • Full bath layout: If both children and adults are using this bathroom, a tub/shower combination will provide a functional place for all ages to wash themselves. The end wall of the tub and the opening of the doorway will help to separate the toilet from the rest of the bathroom. If you have enough space, you’ll be able to include a spacious vanity or double vanity.
  • Master bathroom: For a master bathroom, install a large tub framed by an alcove with end shelves for added storage. A double vanity on the opposite wall of the shower will allow you and your spouse to have separate sinks.

Along with these standard floor plans, you also might be able to make a custom design for your elegant bathroom. Your contractor should give you a schematic drawing to approve before they start working. Take your time reviewing the plans so that you can make sure the format will accommodate this area’s intended purpose.

2. Materials and Colors

You can pick the materials and colors you want to include throughout the bathroom based on your budget and maintenance needs once you know your design theme. To help you figure out what materials you want, you should also pick out a color palette. Do you want colors that are classic and subtle or eye-catching and vibrant?

Here are some suggestions for materials for your floors and walls:

  • Natural stone: For a luxury bathroom, you should have marble featured somewhere in this space. A marble inlay medallion in your flooring or tub will give your bathroom the focal point it needs to make a bold statement. You can design the natural stone in your bathroom with any color using a custom waterjet inlay design.
  • Tiles: Standard bathrooms often have subway tiles covering the walls, shower and floors. For your high-class bathroom, you can find an ornate, unique pattern for this decorative material. Tiles are available in various colors and sizes, which you can choose based on your design preference.
  • Wallpaper: While it’s not the most popular decorative material, covering an accent wall in wallpaper could serve as a focal point in a spacious bathroom. If you choose this option, however, remember that you’ll need to do your best to keep water away from the wall and install proper ventilation to prevent moisture from ruining the design.

3. Showers

A walk-in shower is a must-have feature of your luxury bathroom. Design elegant faucets and metal hardware to enhance your shower experience, along with these additional high-class features:

  • Rain showerheads: These advanced showerheads pour water straight down in a gentler stream, like rain, to provide you with a relaxing experience. They typically mount on the ceiling, and you can change the pressure levels to your preference.
  • Technological features: With modern technology available in the rest of your house, you may have been wondering when the bathroom would catch up — and that time has come. You can now use Wi-Fi to control the temperature and pressure of your shower. Some brands will allow you to preset the heat and create a timer for your shower to reduce the amount of energy you use.
  • Shower body jets: Install wall-mounted body jets according to your height and proportions. The high pressure from these sprays can reduce pain and muscle aches just like the jets in a bath would.
  • Shared showers: If you live with a partner, you could create a spacious washing area with two showerheads to make morning routines more comfortable. Even if you live alone, a massive shower will provide you with plenty of room.
  • Curbless showers: These showers are level with the floor for a seamless design. A slight dip toward the drain will prevent all the water from flooding into the rest of the bathroom.

4. Tubs

If you have space for it, you could include a freestanding tub next to the shower for a place to unwind. Choose decorative faucets for your bathtub, keeping the following high-class features in mind as potential additions:

  • Wall-mounted television: If the bathroom is where you relax at the end of a long day, put a screen on the wall to watch a movie in a spa-like environment. You can also use a TV as a way to catch up on the local news while you’re getting ready for work in the morning.
  • Spa jets: High-pressure tub sprays relieve muscle pain and lower blood pressure. You can control these jets with an extra faucet on your tub.
  • Clawfoot tub: This classic style for a bathtub is making a comeback in luxury bathroom design. These tubs come in a variety of materials, including porcelain and stainless steel. Along with a walk-in shower, you can install a clawfoot tub for a relaxing soak.
  • Oversized bathtub: Normal tubs are often too small to submerge yourself fully, but an oversized one will give you plenty of space to enjoy your bath. These large tubs come in both simple and ornate designs to complement the aesthetic of your bathroom.

5. Curtains or Glass Doors

For your shower or shower/tub combination, you need an enclosure to prevent water from leaking all over the floor. Choose from any of these options:

  • Curtains: Curtains work best in shower/tub combinations because they’re suitable for both children and adults, and you can easily switch them out if you grow tired of the design.
  • Glass doors: Glass doors will make the shower feel more spacious, and you can design them with grilles, frames and decorative hardware for a luxurious appearance.
  • No door or curtain: A doorless shower features a central drain and waterproof surface, but you’ll need to design it to keep water inside the shower.

6. Floors

Flooring has the potential to be the focal point of your luxury bathroom. Here are some features to consider when you’re designing the floors:

  • Safety: Invest in nonslip flooring materials that can provide a safe place to walk, even with excess moisture.
  • Comfort: When you come out of the shower or tub, heated floors will keep your feet warm. They also dry quickly and are less likely to be slippery.
  • Elegance: You can decorate your marble floors with ornate medallions that can serve as the focal point of your luxury bathroom. For a simple, versatile appearance, choose an option from our classic medallion collection. To frame the medallions, select borders and accents for your bathroom flooring.

7. Storage

To make your bathroom functional, organized and decorative, think about where you’re going to store your essential items like toilet paper, towels and soap. You can have open storage with shelves and baskets, or you can conceal your belongings with drawers and cabinets. As you figure out the ideal storage solution, remember to give everything in your bathroom a place to call home.

Store your toiletries and other belongings in the following places:

  • In the shower: You can install a recessed niche or a corner shelf in the shower. A corner shelf may be more affordable, but a recessed niche will give you more space. You could also have a recessed niche for your soap and a corner shelf for your razors, for instance.
  • In the vanity: The vanity under the sink is a great place to store items you want to conceal. Invest in drawers to hide your toiletries and easily access what you need. Consider adding drawer outlets to keep your hair appliances or phone charger out of the way.
  • On the walls: With all the space on your walls, the storage possibilities are endless. You could mount a mirrored cabinet on the wall or install floating shelves for open storage. Choose decorative wall hooks or bars for your towels, or even install a linen closet.

Contact Aalto Marble Inlay for Your Bathroom Flooring or Wall Design

Our artisans at Aalto will give your luxury bathroom a unique marble inlay. We’ll create this design with a water jet that uses an image from the computer to make sure it comes out exactly how you want it. For more information about how to design your luxury bathroom with one of our marble inlay medallions, fill out an inquiry form.

Is Marble Sustainable?

Marble provides an elegant, classy look for your living space. There are also green benefits of marble that enhance the quality of the environment. Homeowners today are concerned about the environmental impact of their home appliances and decor. As a natural stone taken from beneath the earth’s surface, marble produces fewer carbon emissions than those of manufactured products.

If you are considering marble for your flooring, rest assured that you are investing in sustainable material. Factories that prepare marble tables, flooring and inlay designs ensure that their companies make efficient use of the earth’s natural resources. This material also lasts much longer than standard flooring, but you can recycle it if you ever need to replace it. Here are four reasons why marble is good for the environment and a healthy choice for your home.

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1. Marble Is Safe for Manufacturers and Homeowners

Sustainable organizations seek to improve the health of their customers, along with the well-being of our planet. Eco-friendly products like marble are free from toxic chemicals and gases that could reduce the air quality of your home. Choosing to decorate your home with marble is a wise investment for your mental, physical and emotional health.

While homeowners are concerned about their safety and health, they also care about the well-being of the employees manufacturing their household flooring, cabinetry and appliances. Factory employees often work long hours and receive a small salary while working in harsh conditions. The fumes from the factory could make them weak and dizzy, leaving them vulnerable to long-term health problems over time.

Manufacturing companies of sustainable materials pay their workers a decent salary. These corporations have established regulations that enforce the safety and health of workers in their commercial buildings. You can trust that marble comes from a reliable source and provides better health for your home because:

  • It creates jobs for marble collectors: Since natural stone isn’t built in a factory by a machine like other materials, there are additional jobs available for workers to dig the ground and retrieve the stone. Marble collectors would be out in the fresh air instead of stuck inside a factory with toxic fumes.
  • The worksites provide better air quality: The smoke from the machines in factories pollutes the atmosphere and reduces the air quality of the surrounding area. Since marble isn’t manufactured in a factory, marble flooring production sends less pollution into the air. Unlike human-made products, marble doesn’t produce toxins that can harm employees of the manufacturing site. The workers at these locations, as well as residents of the surrounding area, can breathe clean air during marble production.
  • Manufacturing areas are safer and healthier for employees: The Natural Stone Sustainability Standard provides health and safety regulations for workers, including competitive salaries and proper accommodations. As a result, employers in the natural stone industry are aware of how their working conditions affect their employees. By investing in marble, you are supporting organizations that promote a better work environment.
  • It promotes land reclamation after quarrying: When marble collectors create quarries, they need to dig hundreds of feet under the ground, removing trees and grass from the area. After the manufacturers finish quarrying, sustainable corporations strive to restore the land’s lush greenery and provide livable land again. This process includes filling the gaps in the area with heavy rock, cement, clay and dirt. Local towns use reclaimed properties for recreational areas, reforestation or grazing land.
  • It brings fewer toxins into the home: Wood composite and other human-made materials could bring volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into your home, such as formaldehyde. Even mixing various ingredients to manufacture other materials requires the use of petroleum-based resins. As a natural stone, marble is free from contaminants that could harm the air quality of your living space. Since your flooring material is from the earth, you can trust that it’s safe to have in the house.

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2. Marble Saves Energy and Resources During Production

The environmental impact of marble is minimal compared to manufactured products. Preparing natural stone as a flooring material doesn’t emit the same carbon as human-made materials. The Natural Stone Sustainability Standard enforces the healthy and eco-friendly production of marble. Sustainability organizations such as the Natural Stone Council help to create a better world for the next generation.

Marble’s environmental impact provides the following benefits to both factories and homes:

  • Preserving clean water: Manufactured products require the use of clean water to power their machines. If the water isn’t fresh, factory workers have to treat it, which can contaminate our drinking water. Marble companies use less machinery to craft their products, thus using less water to power their machines. Any water used in the production of marble is collected rainwater or filtered, recycled water to make the most of their limited resources.
  • Saving energy expenditure in factories and your home: Sustainable companies try to use the least amount of energy possible. The mining industry consumed 12% of the total energy of the United States industrial sector in 2018. Marble organizations strive to use energy-efficient machinery that creates fewer carbon emissions. Non-renewable resources, such as natural gas, petroleum and coal, produce pollution over time. Companies that pride themselves in eco-friendly practices have decreased their use of coal and increased their use of natural gas and renewable resources. In your house, marble has a thermal mass that naturally preserves the warmth in your living environment. You can save money and energy in the winter that you would’ve used to power your furnace, which typically runs on oil or gas.
  • Reducing toxic chemicals during production: Toxic products can deplete the clean resources of the earth, including drinking water and farmland. Instead of using non-renewable resources and other pollutants, marble manufacturers have limited their use of chemicals while making marble slabs. The sustainable marble work sites send fewer harmful pollutants into the air than smoke from factories.
  • Marble companies use less energy to transport their products: Trucks and other modes of shipping expend energy to carry products to their distributors, sending toxic gases into the air as they move. Sustainable corporations make a conscious effort to use less energy when transporting their products. This effort includes using virtual maps to find the shortest distance to a location or using alternative fuel in their vehicles.
  • Limiting the use of resources: When manufacturers take more materials from the earth than their projects require, they produce waste. Instead of wasting their excess products, marble companies have a goal to use fewer supplies. Sustainable organizations also make the most out of their financial resources. Preparing marble is eco-friendly because the economy can sustain this cost-effective practice.
  • You can use less waste to design it: If you choose a marble inlay in your flooring, a waterjet medallion design only requires water pressure and natural stone, so it has a smaller environmental impact than paint. After you decide on how you want your medallion to look, the same artist who drew up the plan puts the drawings in a machine. The waterjet machine etches the design right onto the same stone slab you’ll receive.

3. Marble Is Durable and Less Likely to Need Replacement

Marble can last for many centuries, as demonstrated by the Taj Mahal and the Washington Monument. It can withstand fire and weather-related damage, providing a long-lasting flooring material for your home. Since it lasts so long, marble won’t demand a replacement as often as other materials. Instead of changing your flooring every few years, you can save money over time with sturdy, reliable marble surfaces.

Here are some of the reasons why the durability of marble is good for the environment:

  • Marble is easy to clean: Most marble stains come out with the same soap and water you would use to wash your hands. You should also clean up spills right away to further prevent etching on your marble flooring and use less cleaning products over time. Since the cleaning products for marble are free from harmful acidic chemicals, maintaining this luxury material provides safe and healthy stone surfaces. As you keep up with cleaning the marble in your house, you’ll save money that you would’ve spent replacing your flooring.
  • Certain types of marble have higher durability than others: Marble is available in a variety of colors and porous qualities. The porous nature of this natural stone makes it vulnerable to liquid damage. If you want a floor that you don’t have to seal and treat as often, you can install a more dense marble, such as Carrara Marble. Consider moisture-resistant marble for your bathroom or kitchen.
  • Safe treatments are available for your marble flooring: Every couple of years, you should apply a sealing to your floor to maintain its shine and prevent liquid damage. Eco-friendly marble corporations provide healthy alternatives to toxic sealants by including fewer chemicals in their products. Instead of using VOCs, these sealing agents contain water-based and plant-based ingredients.
  • You won’t need to replace your marble flooring: By choosing a flooring material that will last longer, you’re providing more resources for marble artisans to create new products for other customers. Marble businesses create their flooring on demand to reduce the amount of waste they create during production. Instead of replacing your marble flooring when it gets dull, you can add a sealant to restore its shine. Since this material is durable, you won’t be required to switch it out as often as one that’s prone to cracking or chipping.
  • You will want to keep your marble flooring: Marble is so beautiful that you won’t want to get rid of it. The elegance of marble is a cut above other flooring materials. If you wish to update your living space, you might have second thoughts about replacing marble. Organizations that prepare natural stone can save money and energy that they would’ve used to making you new slabs for your flooring.

 

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Browse Aalto Marble Inlay’s Collection of Sustainable Marble Flooring

Is marble good for the environment? Yes, and it would be a great addition to your home. Our team at Aalto Marble Inlay will provide you with sustainable marble flooring for your kitchen, living room or bathroom. Browse through our collection of floors and marble inlay medallions.

You can customize your marble medallions to accommodate any design aesthetic. We use an energy-efficient waterjet method to etch a design into natural stone to create our inlays. Contact us online or call 319-237-7230 for more information about the installation and configuration of your marble remodeling project.

 

How to Make Your Home Feel More Luxurious

You know that feeling when you step into a sumptuous space. Everything seems to coordinate perfectly, and all the furnishings and decor items seem high-end. These aspects combine to make a person feel uniquely pampered. As a homeowner, you want to experience this every time you walk into your home, and evoke these same emotions when guests visit, too. If you want to know how to make your home more luxurious, you can try several things, from major renovations to easy decor ideas. We’ve gathered our favorite elegant home design tips for every room of the house. Read on to find out more and make your home as lavish and indulgent as possible and contact us if you’re interested in incorporating marble floors into your design.

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Lavish Living Rooms

When you’re redecorating your living room for an upscale look and feel, the living room may be the first area you choose to focus on. You spend much of your free time relaxing in this room, and it’s also where you entertain your guests. A beautiful, plush living room sets the tone for the rest of the house, and decorating here will significantly impact your home’s overall design and style.

Make your living room look and feel more elegant with these decorating tips.

  • Add moldings: An easy way to enhance your living room is to add some moldings, including baseboards, crown molding and wainscoting. These can improve the room’s interior architecture, adding a classic look and lots of extra charm and character.
  • Choose a large area rug: A larger rug, especially one with a gorgeous pattern, can make a room appear larger and more expensive. If you already have a generously sized living room, you may want to use several rugs to delineate different conversation areas, arranging your furnishings in various configurations.
  • Layer textiles: Lush textiles can make a room feel cozier and more inviting. Choose soft throw blankets in luxurious fabrics and place them casually throughout the room. To further dress up the space, add several throw pillows in coordinating patterns and colors to sofas and chairs.
  • Display large-scale artwork: Oversized art in the living room adds instant class and serves as an ideal conversation-starter. Avoid uninspiring prints and go with something completely one-of-a-kind that speaks to your style. This kind of artwork will have an interesting back story for you and your guests to enjoy.
  • Use elegant window coverings: For all your window coverings, choose luxe fabrics that match your furnishings’ style. To ensure the most elegant, polished look, choose drapes that are long enough for your windows and reach the floor. Curtains that are too short can cheapen the room’s appearance.
  • Layer your lighting: Enhance the mood and create options with a layered lighting approach. Strategically placed lamps provide options for lighting where you need it most. Consider adding dimmer switches to provide even more control over the lighting, and add some candles for an elegant glow.

Plush Bedrooms

Your bedroom is your private sanctuary — an oasis for sleep and relaxation — so why not make it feel more luxurious? Adding some elegant touches to your guest bedrooms will wow your friends and family, ensuring everyone has a beautiful place to rest at your home. To achieve luxury bedroom interior design, try some of these ideas.

  • Display artwork: Sometimes, people overlook the bedroom as a place to display art on the walls, but decorating these spaces is crucial. Choose artwork that’s personal and meaningful to you, and provides a relaxing vibe for the bedroom.
  • Add a rug: A large carpet under the bed adds warmth and comfort to the bedroom, ties the room together and adds a polished look. With a wide range of colors, patterns and materials to choose from, you’re sure to find a luxurious rug that matches your bedroom’s style.
  • Choose luxurious pillows and bed linens: Up your beds’ comfort factor with high-quality pillows, high-thread-count sheets and plush bedding. Emulate the sumptuous beds of your favorite luxury hotels with posh bedding choices. Add some overstuffed throw pillows to complete the look and make the bed look irresistibly comfortable and inviting.
  • Go big with statement furniture: Whether you go with a large, four-poster bed, an opulent dresser or vanity or a dramatic settee, let your statement pieces shine. Give each piece space without clutter to let it shine as a focal point.
  • Reorganize the nightstands: Start with beautiful elements that match your bedroom’s style, and be mindful of the objects collected on the nightstand. Each nightstand should have a lamp for softer lighting and reading in bed. Or, go with wall sconces or hanging light fixtures above the nightstand to free up space on the tabletop. Reduce clutter and keep only a few beautiful or practical objects in sight. Don’t forget about guest bedrooms. Set out useful items such as an elegant water carafe and glass set, a clock or a few candles.

Relaxing Bathrooms

The bathrooms in the most luxurious homes are spa-like retreats with many modern amenities. For the main bath, and any other larger bathrooms, you’ll want to consider oversized bathtubs and showers with desirable features like steam rooms or water jets. But even powder rooms and guest bathrooms can have touches of luxury. Whether you opt for a full remodel for your bathrooms, or decide to only add a few simple touches, there are many ways to make your bathrooms look and feel more opulent.

  • Upgrade the shower heads: The sky’s the limit on today’s options for showers and showerheads. Choose from features like dual showerheads, rainfall style, massaging showers and steam. These add to the relaxing, restorative qualities of a luxurious bathroom.
  • Use quality textiles and linens: For a plush experience, get some soft, fluffy rugs, so your feet have a warm place to land in the bathroom. Add sheer drapery for window coverings that add privacy while softening the bathroom’s hard edges. And don’t forget about the towels. Choosing higher-quality, generously sized bath towels can enhance the experience.
  • Add beautiful scents: While this tip works for anywhere in the home, it’s especially vital in bathrooms to impart that spa-like quality. Regularly use sumptuously scented candles, incense or essential oil diffusers, so your bathrooms always smell like a calming spa or your favorite vacation destination.
  • Marble inlay showers: Perhaps nothing else in a bathroom radiates luxury like marble can. The classic, elegant look of a custom marble inlay in your shower will elevate your experience beyond the most opulent spa. You can also apply these inlays to bathroom floors, backsplashes and other surfaces in the bathroom where you’d like to add a touch of classic elegance.
  • Use seating: You may not think the bathroom needs any seating. However, having a comfortable chair, ottoman or settee in a bathroom adds a unique touch of luxury to the room’s overall decor. You can have a place to relax while the bathtub fills or a spot to sit while you pamper yourself with an at-home foot spa treatment.
  • Add a tub tray: A tray is a simple addition that provides plenty of convenience while you’re in the tub, with all the necessities right at your fingertips. But it also adds to the bathroom decor, making the bathtub look inviting and luxurious.

Elegant Kitchens

The kitchen is another ideal place for some upgrades and fancy touches. Many of these upgrades can enhance your cooking experience and boost your home’s resale value when the time comes to sell. If you want to know how to make your kitchen look expensive, these kitchen upgrade tips can help.

  • Go for high-end appliances: You’ll notice a significant difference in quality and style when you opt for high-end or professional-grade kitchen appliances. These appliances can make food prep and storage a breeze for you, and also look more impressive. Alternatively, instead of turning them into a focal point, another way to make a kitchen look more luxurious is to hide appliances like fridges, microwaves and toasters in custom-built cabinets that give the whole kitchen a more seamless, streamlined appearance.
  • Create a statement backsplash: Originally designed to make kitchens a bit easier to clean, backsplashes today have become a trendy design element that can add lots of class and personality to any space. With a wide range of colors and textures to choose from, you can create a customized look for your backsplash that expresses your personality. Boost the luxury factor with a custom marble inlay backsplash that wows.
  • Install touchless faucets: This simple addition is a high-end upgrade for your kitchen sink that will make any cleanup more convenient and sanitary.
  • Opt for custom cabinets and drawers: Keep your kitchen organized and hide clutter with lots of extra cabinet and drawer space. Your kitchen will look all the more impressive with customized drawers and cabinets designed to match the way you use your kitchen. Boost the luxury factor with high-end features like LED lighting inside cabinets and drawers, soft-close ability and customized dividers to keep all your cooking tools and dishes organized.

Whole-House Upgrades

Some indulgent touches can apply to nearly any room of the house. Try some of these tips anywhere in your home that needs a little extra luxury.

  • Specialized rooms: Some of the grandest homes have extra rooms purpose-built for specific hobbies. Make your home more enjoyable and elegant by adding dedicated rooms for your favorite activities. Think game rooms, home movie theaters, wine cellars, craft rooms or attached greenhouses for gardening. The only limit is your imagination.
  • Upgraded tech: Today’s most luxurious homes are more technologically advanced than ever. There are many ways to upgrade your home’s technology — from security systems to smart climate control, lighting and automatic window treatment controls. Consider adding a few of these touches, and go wireless with your tech devices or hide wires behind cabinets for a cleaner look.
  • Plants and fresh flowers: Bring the outside in with potted plants in any room. The added greenery will make your home more inviting, while contributing to cleaner air. Another way to add a luxurious, beautifying touch is with freshly cut floral arrangements.
  • Metallic accents: Make your home look expensive with metallic accents throughout. Whether these have a brushed or polished finish, these accessories will have the same effect of adding luster and luxury to every room.
  • Get rid of clutter: A cluttered space can be stressful and distracting. You don’t have to go completely minimalist, but be purposeful with any items you choose to display. Clearing the clutter can also make rooms look more spacious.
  • Lots of light: A light-filled home also looks roomier and more inviting. Let in lots of natural light through the windows in every room, and consider sheer drapery to enhance the effect. If you have a room that doesn’t get a lot of natural light, be sure to have plenty of lighting fixture options, and use mirrors to bounce light around.
  • Marble inlay flooring: In any room, one of the most luxurious interior design trends you can use is marble inlay flooring. Adding a customized marble inlay medallion provides an unparalleled level of sophistication and elegance. Show off favorite colors or meaningful designs in this statement piece that’s sure to be a showstopper in any room.

Luxurious Marble Inlay From Aalto

Whether it’s for flooring, backsplashes, bathrooms or anywhere else in your home, custom marble inlay provides the ultimate in sophistication and luxury. Aalto Marble Inlay delivers a fully customized experience with personalized service to bring you the inlay design you want for your space. The artisans at Aalto work with you to bring your vision to life. We’ll install a gorgeous, customized marble inlay in your home to add a touch of luxury where you want it. Contact the marble experts at Aalto to get started on your design today.

Guide to Using White Marble in Your Home

 

Perhaps nothing else offers the elegant beauty of white marble in a home. Whether it’s used for countertops, backsplashes or flooring, white marble is a luxurious, classic choice with timeless style. White marble kitchens exude classic design style and luxury. And white marble floors add an extra bit of opulence to any home. There are many different types of white marble and some things you should know about choosing the right type for your home and caring for it. Consider this your guide to white marble.

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Types of White Marble

White marble includes a wide range of types of marble. Popular marble choices including Calacatta, Carrara and Statuario are all types of white marble, and there are many others too. Each variety of white marble has its own characteristics of the grain, base colors and patterns of the veining. The various types of white marble each have specific places of origin that set them apart as well. You can look at samples of each of the types of white marble to decide which type is best for your home.

If you’re ready to choose white marble for your home, keep an eye out for a few other things. Here are our favorite expert tips for what you need to know about shopping for white marble.

1. Stick With White Marble for Kitchens

Marble is available in various colors, but consider saving the other colors for other areas of your home. It’s generally recommended that you only use white marble for the kitchen. This is because common acidic substances like citrus juices and vinegar can cause etching on the surface of the marble. This etching leaves dull, whitish spots on the marble, but is less noticeable on white marble. With other colors of marble, you have a greater risk of spots and stains. White marble kitchen countertops give a luxurious look to any kitchen.

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2. Consider the Veining Pattern of the Marble

Because marble is a natural stone, each quarry and even each block can be different. But the block can be cut in different ways to achieve a couple of different looks to the marble. A cross or fleuri cut gives a more random look to the marble veining, which is referred to as an “open flowered pattern.” Using a vein or striato cut slices the marble block along the natural veins to achieve a more striped, linear pattern. Know what pattern you want, and consider where in the home you will place the marble. Sometimes a different cut of the same type of marble can be used, with one on the countertop and one for flooring, for example, creating a complementary look without being too similar.

3. Know the Difference Between Cracks and Fissures

If marble has been dropped or improperly handled, cracks can easily form. These cracks are signs of damage to the marble. However, a fissure is a naturally occurring feature of the stone. Fissures add character to the marble and do not affect the structural integrity of the stone. Fissures are desirable for some styles, especially when aiming for a more rustic look. Be sure you can tell the difference between the two so you get a high-quality slab of stone.

4. Decide on the Right Type of Finish for Your Marble

With today’s tools and technology, there are more ways than ever to finish stone, including marble. Different techniques like brushing and polishing are used to create different effects in the marble. Decide if you’d like a high-shine type of finish or a more matte look. The matte finish in marble is called “honed” and is better at disguising stains in the marble from etching.

Also, consider having your marble sealed for the best protection against stains and etching. A penetrating sealant can be applied to your marble to protect its look for years to come. With a sealant, the marble may still show signs of etching with acidic substances, but it should be easier to clean spills before etching happens.

5. Know Your Options for Corners and Edging

Besides the veining and finishes, modern technology also allows for several options for edging your marble slabs. Marble can be prone to chipping in certain applications and high traffic areas. Curved edges and corners will make the marble less likely to chip and could be a better option for kitchen countertops. Computerized engravers can also give a truly custom look to the edges of tabletops and more, adding beautifully carved patterns or designs around the edges of the slab.

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6. Consider Visiting the Marble Facility

You can often visit the marble slab facility in person to see all of the options up close. Choosing the right marble is a very personal choice, and it can be helpful to see the different options and compare the veining patterns, colors and finishes. If you do choose to make an in-person visit, call ahead of time to let the facility know what you’re looking for. They may be able to set out several options that fit your needs or arrange for someone to give you a personalized tour, pointing out slabs that may work for you. While visiting, you should always enquire about the origins of a slab of marble as well. Popular options like Calacatta and Statuario come from specific areas in Italy and should only be labeled as such if they originated there.

White Marble Maintenance

Marble is an elegant, durable, long-lasting surface that’s fairly easy to clean and maintain. It’s important to clean up spills right away on marble, especially acidic liquids like citrus, tomato or vinegar. Don’t use vinegar as a cleaning solution, and avoid other abrasive cleansers. Use pH-neutral cleaning supplies, and consider having your marble sealed for extra protection. You should also use trivets for hot pans and avoid leaving wet dishes sitting out on your marble surfaces. This will all protect and extend the life of your marble, ensuring it stays beautiful for a long time.

White Marble From Aalto Marble Inlay

The design professionals at Aalto Marble Inlay specialize in custom marble inlay work for your home. Our experts work with you to create a design and color scheme that matches your room and your design preferences. Whatever your dream home design looks like, the professionals at Aalto can help make it a reality. Contact us today to get started on the marble designs for your home.

 

Radiant Heat for Inlay Floors

If you have a home with marble tile floors or you intend to get marble floors, you’ll be delighted to know that you can use radiant heat flooring to keep your feet warm and comfortable. Installing radiant floor heating is an energy-efficient way to stay warm in cool weather.

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Here are some of the most important things you need to know about radiant heating for marble floors.

What Is Radiant Heating?

Radiant heating is a heating system located below your floor. It transfers heat to you through your floor surface instead of the air, unlike most systems. It’s used more in homes that have marble, ceramic tile, sheet or tile vinyl and laminate flooring.

Radiant floor heating is available in three different variants: electric, hydronic and air-heated. Electric systems provide heat through electrical wires. They’re quicker and less expensive to install, but they cost more to operate. This makes them more suitable for heating small areas of the home like bathrooms and bedrooms.

Hydronic systems, on the other hand, require a higher installation cost since they need a boiler or water heater, and they have a more complicated design. This heating system offers users a more affordable operation. So, they may be installed beneath marble floors in the entire house. They use less electrical energy to operate, which is beneficial for off-grid homes or in areas with high utility prices. Different types of energy sources may be used to heat the liquid, such as solar, gas, oil or biofuel.

Air-heated radiant floors aren’t very cost-effective and aren’t usually installed in residential applications. The solar air-heating systems only produce heat during the day, so they aren’t effective in homes that need more heating at night.

Why Get Radiant Heating?

Radiant heating offers a range of benefits to homeowners, including:

  • Efficiency: It provides higher efficiency than baseboard or forced air heating by eliminating duct losses. 
  • Prevention of allergies: Radiant heating is healthier for people with allergies because it doesn’t circulate allergens the way forced-air systems do. 
  • Multiple energy sources: Heat may be obtained from different sources, from public electricity to solar and other types of renewable energy.
  • Total body comfort: The radiant floor heating keeps your feet warm which can help the rest of your body stay comfortable. 
  • Whole room heating: Radiation coming up from the floor warms the entire room with a radiant heat installation, so it’s not the floor alone that gets warmed. 
  • Energy savings: Unlike forced air heating that builds up the heat at the upper part of the room and leaves the lower parts cold, this type of heat helps you stay warm at a lower temperature. 

Radiant Heating for Marble Floors

Radiant heating is an ideal solution for heating marble floors. It provides a cost-effective solution for keeping the house warm, and it releases heat at a lower cost than other alternatives like HVAC. Marble floors with radiant heating also increase a home’s value, helping ensure you get a reasonable price when you decide to sell your home.

Get an Elegant Marble Floor With Radiant Heat

To discuss putting an elegant marble floor in your home, contact Aalto Marble Inlay today for a free consultation and quote. We offer original custom-made designs for every client. 

How to Incorporate Marble Into Your Home

Often used in grandiose architecture, such as in palaces, monuments and grand entertainment venues, marble has found its niche in home decor for one primary reason — it’s beauty. “Marble is one of those rare building and design materials that are both elegant and strong. Using marble in your home is a wonderful way to make a statement that will last for many years to come.

Marble’s long-standing place in architecture history remains secure. In the past, it’s been known for its prestigious applications in ancient Greek architecture, monuments around the world and its prevalence in the homes of nobility. Marble is a beautiful material, but it has also been favored because it stays beautiful even with the passage of time. This is why simple marble buildings and monuments around the world have become long-lasting historical treasures.

Today, marble interior design trends continue primarily because marble’s beauty and elegance can turn any space into a luxurious, one-of-a-kind retreat.

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How to Incorporate Marble Into Your Home

How is marble used in homes? If you’re considering ways to incorporate marble in home design, there are several options to consider. Some of the most popular ways to incorporate marble home decor include:

1. Flooring

Among our favorite ways to use marble in your home is flooring. Marble has long been a standby for the elegant and wealthy when it comes to flooring. Its distinctive veining and elegant shine take a foyer or grand entryway to another design level. Practically speaking, marble floors are simple to clean and maintain. They also stay cooler than other flooring materials, which makes them a smart way to naturally cool spaces that tend to get hot, such as rooms that get a lot of direct sunlight or larger spaces that are more difficult to cool.

Marble flooring is also a good option if you’re interested in installing radiant floor heat in a bathroom or bedroom because it gently and evenly conducts the heat throughout the room, maintaining a comfortable temperature even in the cold winter months.

Imagine opening the front door to your guests and having the first thing they see be a beautiful medallion centered in your grand foyer. Or picture the pops of color that will come from inlay borders along a marble hallway. When you incorporate marble flooring and inlays into your decor, it makes a beautiful, distinct impression on guests. It also creates visual interest in your interior design, which helps keep your home’s appearance elegant and exciting.

If you’re considering marble flooring, this is a great time to go beyond a basic marble slab and incorporate custom marble inlays into the flooring. The design professionals at Aalto Marble Inlay can design a medallion, borders or even a family crest to incorporate into marble flooring.

2. Kitchen Countertops and Backsplash

One of the more popular uses of marble stone is as a kitchen material. In fact, marble is an excellent material to incorporate into any top-of-the-line chef’s kitchen. When you think of marble, you probably picture lighter shades, but consider using a darker, more muted marble for kitchen countertops, workspaces, wet bars and more.

Marble is commonly used as a countertop or surface material in kitchens. It also makes an elegant kitchen backsplash above stovetops, countertops and sinks. You can opt for a simple marble slab, or you can go a step farther and commission a custom marble backsplash that incorporates the colors and designs used around your kitchen.

When you work with a designer to customize a backsplash, you accomplish two things. First, your backsplash will perfectly complement the design and colors of your kitchen. There’s no settling for shades that “almost match” or materials you’d find in any other home. Second, the unique design and visual appeal of a custom backsplash will create a focal point for your kitchen design that will tie all the other elements together, as well as provide a taste of luxury.

3. Stairs

A grand home needs a grand staircase, and there’s no better material to complement this architecture with than marble. When you first think of marble, you likely picture a white marble with veins of gray running through it. But marble is available in a variety of shades and designs, which means that you can select from a wide range of options to perfectly complement your staircase.

When you design a marble staircase, you can use large marble tiles and can incorporate beautiful inlays and details as well.

Marble staircases tend to be incredibly heavy, so they’re often paired with wood or steel. A wrought-iron rail paired with custom marble stairs makes for a beautiful statement in your home’s entryway.

One thing to keep in mind is that marble does get slippery when wet. If you anticipate your guests going straight from the front door up the stairs, then you may want to consider incorporating a runner up the stairs or some other method of containing moisture.

4. Bathroom

Whenever you step into your bathroom, it should feel like you’re at a spa. Indulge yourself by incorporating custom marble inlays into your bathroom design. They can be used on any wall, but if you want a shower or spa bath to serve as the focal point for your entire bathroom, consider incorporating a marble inlay backsplash. The custom design can incorporate other design elements already in place, bringing pops of color and elegance to your existing space.

One of the wonderful things about marble inlays is that they can be used either to establish an ornate, classical design or to give off a more modern elegant vibe. When you work with Aalto, our designers dedicate significant amounts of time to determining the style of your space and developing ideas for translating that style into custom marble artwork. We tailor each design to the style you have in mind, whether its classical or contemporary in appearance.

Marble’s visual diversity also makes it an excellent choice for custom wainscotting in the bathroom, which is a wonderful way to tie the backsplash or flooring design together with the rest of the room. Custom borders and inlay can also be incorporated into bathroom flooring or countertops, customizing even the most personal of spaces in your home.

One concern we often hear about incorporating marble into the bathroom is whether or not it can stand up to constant contact with water. After all, even a luxurious spa bathroom needs to be functional. One of the reasons marble has a history of being a go-to building and design material is because it isn’t especially porous. In other words, when it’s properly maintained, it won’t soak up water or other liquids, and it doesn’t easily stain. This means your design will last for a long time, even when it’s used regularly.

5. Accent Wall

Kitchen and bath backsplashes are a beautiful way to incorporate marble inlay into an interior design on a smaller scale. However, marble is a unique and luxurious material that can shine in larger areas as well. Adding a marble accent wall to a formal living room or master bedroom suite can take the room’s appearance from average to opulent. A marble accent wall can be used to tie an existing design together, or it can be the starting point of redesigning an entire room.

Essentially, an accent wall is like having a permanent painting or piece of artwork on display in your home. It becomes the focal point of whatever room it’s in, catching the attention of guests as they enjoy your beautiful home.

A marble inlay accent wall in your home can enhance the elegance and timeless look of your design. When you work with Aalto, our designers translate your preferences for style, design and color into a custom, breathtaking marble inlay that will be the first thing anyone notices when they walk into the room.

Another option for incorporating marble’s elegance on a grand scale is to commission a custom-designed marble mural. Custom marble murals are often found in pool areas, showers and spas, but they can be designed and installed anywhere in your home that you have stone. These exquisitely detailed pieces of art can be crafted based on photographs or beloved artwork. They can be designed to be lifelike or abstract — whatever you envision for your space. They can also incorporate other materials besides marble, including metal, glass, ceramic and porcelain.

6. Columns

Today’s interior design trends heavily emphasize an open concept layout, but, even with an open concept, you’ll still want to define each space in your home. Marble columns are a great way to do this. Of course, you can opt for more traditional rounded columns and pillars, especially if your home has a Mediterranean design to it, but that’s not the only option. If you’re looking for a more modern way to incorporate marble columns into your home, marble columns that have straight edges and fewer decorative details on them tend to create a more industrial look.

When you hear the word “columns,” you’re probably picturing large floor-to-ceiling columns, but that’s not the only option if you want to incorporate marble into an open concept design. You could also incorporate smaller marble columns into a half-wall design. This keeps the lines of sight open between spaces but still differentiates one space from another.

Since marble comes in a variety of tones, it’s relatively simple to find a marble that ties into your existing design plans, so this addition doesn’t necessarily have to become a major renovation.

7. Fireplace Surround

Traditionally, fireplaces are known for featuring brick or stone. These materials are beautiful if you’re looking for a simple, more rustic tone, but if you’re in search of a more elegant way to showcase a fireplace — decorative or functional — consider using marble. A marble fireplace adds color and regal design details — the sky’s the limit in marble color and design — and it also anchors any room by immediately drawing all eyes to the fireplace.

One thing we love about the idea of a marble fireplace surround is the opportunity it presents to add marble inlay through detailed borders and designs. A custom inlay can be used to incorporate other details already present in the design of the room, or it can add detail to an otherwise plain space. If you want to integrate detailed and colorful designs into a room in a subtle way, this is a good option because of its size.

8. Furniture

Marble is such a strong, beautiful material that we always encourage clients to incorporate it into larger designs, such as marble inlay accent walls, murals or flooring. However, if you’re looking for additional or more subtle ways to incorporate the beauty of marble into your interior design, consider marble furniture.

Marble can make an especially beautiful tabletop — coffee tables, dining room tables, end tables, etc. Its smooth, hard surface makes for a beautiful, durable table that can be both elegant and functional. You can opt to incorporate marble furniture into a room that doesn’t have other marble pieces in it, or you can use a marble table to tie into an existing marble accent wall.

Another option for incorporating marble furniture into a living space is as a countertop for a wet bar. Give your social gatherings an elegant, polished look with a marble-topped wet bar where guests can go to fill their glass and admire your beautiful home. Since marble isn’t porous, it won’t absorb spills, and it will withstand regular use.

Add Marble to Your Home

Incorporating marble features, such as custom marble inlay designs, into your home decor is an excellent way to personalize and enhance existing interior design. Marble has so many different uses and can be incorporated into just about any space in your home. One of the keys to successfully incorporating marble into your interior design is to be selective about where and how you use it. For example, you wouldn’t want to have marble floors and marble walls in every room. Then it would no longer be an eye-catching statement piece! Instead, carefully consider the best use and location of marble accents to enhance the beauty of your home.

Marble is an excellent choice for home decorating because it offers an array of options to customize and personalize the space where it is being used. Marble can be used in custom, one-of-a-kind inlays and designs that turn a normal floor or wall into a lasting piece of art.

Aalto Marble Inlay sources quality marble from around the world, and we’ve been pioneers in using waterjet technology to bring marble inlay designs to life. Our designs can be customized to match your space, vision and style. Contact us to discuss adding a marble inlay accent to your home.