A marble kitchen counter or bathroom vanity is a big purchase for any homeowner. Here's what you need to know before the decision's set in stone.
Deciding that marble, with its classic good looks, is right for your home is the easy part. Figuring out the size, color, shape, and finish you need may entail a little more hand-wringing. Visit a home center and speak with a specialist, who will walk you through the selection process. For instance, if you're looking to use the natural material on a floor or in a tight space (like a backsplash), tiles may be the ideal option. Slabs, for their part, look best on large, level surfaces like shower walls and counters. But before you commit to buying the stone, "make sure you're the type who can live with patina," says Martha Stewart Living decorating director Kevin Sharkey. The material's porous nature makes it prone to etching and staining. Honed (matte) marble hides these little imperfections better than polished, a particularly importantRead More »from Smooth Moves: Marble Care and Maintenance Tips