Installing Marble Accents: Oakville
decorators and homeowners use marble to create an ambience of luxury. Classic
white and grey marble counters and marble tile floors give any kitchen space a
timeless elegance. However, Oakville homeowners are proving that installing
marble tiles need not carry a traditional look. Some Oakville homeowners are
getting funky with marble tiles!
Marble Tile Decorating Ideas
homeowners love the look of marble, but can't afford to do either marble floors
or countertops. Possessed of an informal and eclectic sense of style, some
Oakville decorators and homeowners have created funky and unusual marble
- The Elegant Mosaic, and Variations. This
classic design uses narrow oblong white marble mosaic tiles to cover the
backsplash area behind the counter. In an imaginative twist, one homeowner used
the same tiles in various colours to create a vibrant effect. She was able to
buy the tiles very cheaply, as they were in an "odds and ends” bin at her local
- Subway Tile Art. Subway tile is another
classic look. Using large pearly subway tiles and a variety of smaller tiles
studded with coloured glass beads, one Oakville homeowner created an
asymmetrical and luminescent backsplash. Another used subway tiles placed
vertically, rather than horizontally, along her counter wall; still another
created a spiraling mural on one wall created with a variety of brightly
coloured marble subway tiles.
- The Fireplace Dazzle. One
Oakville do-it-yourself (DIY) enthusiast gave his fireplace a sparkling
makeover by removing brick from the inner portion, and replacing it with large
subway tile. The resulting design – shiny marble tile framed by painted brick –
gave the whole living room a new look.
- Metal and Marble. Tiny square tiles of
shimmery brushed metal in jewel tones interspersed with narrow white marble
tiles frame the window of one teenaged girl's bedroom. A small mirror on the
wall is framed with the same tiles, and a rag rug that echoes both the coloured
metal and the white marble helps to unify the look.
- Marble Crazy Quilt. One Oakville bathroom
wall sports hand-cut marble tiles found in a bargain bin. Each piece is a
different colour, and most feature heavy patterning or veining. The resulting
eclectic design makes this bathroom one of a kind!
Sourcing Marble Tiles
decorators luck out by finding returned marble tiles at major hardware chains,
but more often stone suppliers are a source for marble tiles. There are several reputable
stone importer-distributors near Oakville
, and these can be treasure troves! Explore the showroom to find
bargain tiles, or ask for any broken or out-of-style tiles that may be destined
for scrap. Often a design will suggest itself based on the materials at hand.
Your creativity is limited
only by the scope of your imagination. Designing marble tile mosaics, borders,
and backsplashes can be a fun and inexpensive way to bring the beauty of marble
into your home!