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Designing an outside kitchen or an entertainment area has its own design challenges; the natural elements, product durability, and your overall design goals all come into play.  Fortunately, there are a ton of options available to help you design that perfect outdoor space.

One design trend we absolutely love is the seamless integration of your interior and exterior living areas.  Blurring the lines from one to the other maximizes the look of your design while achieving a strong cohesive point of view. Choosing complimentary products or those that work in both interior and exterior applications is the key.

Vesuvius White Porcelain Paver 24"x24"x2CMFor flooring, there are a number of natural stone and porcelain options.  When choosing natural stone select tiles in the same color tone.  For example, a polished or honed corsica cream marble pared with a brushed shells reef coral stone blends together to create a consistent color palate.  Another option, it to choose a natural stone available in multiple finishes, such as polished, honed, leathered or brushed.  Remember natural stone allows you to customize your order.  So if you find that perfect stone, you can always special order it in the finish of your choice.

Many porcelain lines have both interior and exterior options.    For example, Landstone has tile for inside and the same colors in a grip finish for outside use.  Cross Wood and Vesuvius have similar choices with the added benefit of 2CM porcelain paving options. (pictured above: vesuvius white 24"x24"x2CM Paver) 

There are some additional challenges involved when selecting countertops for exterior applications.   The Impact of ambient hot and cold temperatures and the influence of UV light are added factors to consider in addition to scratch & heat resistance, absorption ratio and overall durability.  For this reason, engineered quarts and many recycled glass countertops are not recommended for exterior installations due to the resin used in the manufacturing process which will yellow in UV light and extreme heat conditions.   Natural stone and other manmade products are popular countertop choices

Geoluxe Kitchen

(pictured here: GEOLUXE Kitchen)

Just introduced into the US market, GEOLUXE is a new countertop product ideally suited for interior and exterior applications.  Created with Geomimicry technology, GEOLUXE is the world’s only Pyrolithic Stone.  What makes this product so unique is its resistance to UV light/fading, resistance to heat, scratching, etching and has no porosity and absorption.  It is fade resistant and is highly durable with low maintenance.  Even better unlike other porcelain countertops, GEOLUXE is full-bodied meaning it requires no mitering when fabricated. 

The options are almost unlimited for natural stone countertops, but not all natural stones are  recommended for exterior use.  Unlike GEOLUXE, UV light will fade natural stone over time.  Careful consideration of the stone's use and placement is important.  Your natural stone provider will help you make the best choice for your project.

Marble of the World is South Florida’s premier supplier for contractors, designers, atchitects and other trade professionals for natural stone and surfaces.  Contact us today to get a quote for your project.

 

 Pictured bellow - GEOLUXE Countertops

GEOLUXE Countertop

GEOLUXE Countertop

GEOLUXE Countertop

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River White Granite Is Truly Beautiful

January 19, 2017 11:16:09 AM EST

Originating from India, River White Granite is a beautiful soft white granite with grey veinging and burgundy specks. The veining mimics a “river” pattern, with each slab maintaining its own unique patterns and coloring. The traverse grey and burgundy veining contrasting against the stone’s natural off-white color creates an aesthetically pleasing stone.

The River White Granite is a great cost effective alternative to white marble, compared to marble it is more durable, and when properly sealed protected against moisture intrustion. It is recommended that the granite is resealed every year to ensure longevity. An exceptional upside of this granite is pleasant colot tones in any lighting situation. Unlike some other natural stones which can look dramitically different in natural light versus artificial light, River white's subtle colors makes it easily parable with a variety of different cabinet and appliance colors.

River White Granite is an ideal natural stone that is used in a wide variety of home applications.  River White Granite’s color characteristics, versatility, and enduring qualities make it a marvelous investment for any home.

Posted in Granite By Steve Bis

What is Calacatta Gold Marble?

January 19, 2017 10:51:37 AM EST

Calacatta Gold Marble is one of the most sought-after home materials. Derived from Italy, this natural stone is considered by many to be the finest luxury marble available in the world. Calacatta Gold Marble is a beautiful white marble with dramatic, unstructured deep grey veining and occasional gold highlights. Since marble is naturally created, the distinct veining is unique across individual slabs, which is what gives the stone its unique personality and character. The bright white background of the marble is ideal for illuminating a room and creating a vivacious, clean environment.

Overall the marble has a global appeal with designers and architects due to its distinct veining and colors working very well with both cool and warm tones. Additionally, Calacatta Gold Marble is available in both polished and honed finishes. The polished finish is a shiny, glossy finish that most people are accustomed to when it comes to marble use for kitchen and bathroom applications. On the other hand, the honed finish is a softer, matte finish, which puts more emphasizes on the natural beauty of the stone. This finish is popular for its subtle appearance. While the polished finish is generally easier to clean, the honed finish is a creamier aesthetic that allows the finest detailing of the marble to truly be seen.

Calacatta Gold Marble is an ideal natural stone that is used in a wide variety of home applications and even corporate offices. Because Calacatta Gold Marble is a luxury stone, it is mostly utilized in highly visible areas. Calacatta marble countertops are found both in executive boardrooms as well as in today’s designer homes. In upscale houses, it is most commonly found in the kitchen as countertops and backsplashes. As well as in elegant bathrooms and flooring. Additionally, it is also being used more throughout the home as accents and around fireplaces. 

Marble of the World is South Florida’s premier supplier for contractors, designers and fabricators looking for natural stone.  Contact us today to get a quote for your project. 

Posted in Marble By Steve Bis

The Most Exotic Marble Slabs for Sale in 2016

October 3, 2016 4:59:32 PM EDT

When it comes to sourcing marble slabs, there are many factors to consider before purchasing the marble you need to complete your client’s project. Finding a distributor with the selection and quality you need is paramount.  Having an impressive and varied selection to choose from, gives your client the confidence that you are able to meet their design goals and possess the qualities they want in a contractor or interior designer.  After all, not having the right product to select from not only puts your project at risk but may give your client the wrong impression.  By partnering with the right distributor you elevate your business and your client’s buying experience.

One of marble’s best advantages is its versatility; today’s market offers many different marble types with new and existing products introduced every day.  With a wide range of colors, movement, finishes and unique characteristics, there is something to appeal to everyone’s tastes and the needs for your marble project. 

Sometimes, the best product decisions are those you never considered or new about.   Interior designers and contractors who can offer eclectic and one-of-a-kind options to their clients leave the door open for finding that exclusive material that set the project apart from the rest.  Not to mention impressing them with a stunning selection.  Clients searching for exotic marble slabs to create a unique outcome, want rarity and quality. The following list contains some of today’s most popular exotic marble slabs creating the most buzz and trending with today’s design community. 

Calacatta Extra

An exclusive white marble, Calacatta Extra features a clean white background accented with gray veining in medium and dark tones. This marble offer an element of sophistication and modernity to any project.  With the introduction of 1.2CM large format tiles, the thin format flooring offers a considerable decrease in weight for easier handling and installation with the added benefit of environment sustainability.  The thin format tiles and the availability of slabs make this a favorite among homeowners and trade professionals looking for a cohesive look.

Scandalous

Eye catching and dramatic aptly describe Scandalous marble. This statement product features bold veining of gold, black, green and blue waves on a light white background.  With its strong contract and movement, scandalous creates a unique and compelling visual ideal for those wanting to add a punch of the unexpected in their interior design.

Mystery White

An eye-catching and exotic type of marble, Mystery White is a favorite of many homeowners this year. This exclusive marble type is a crisp white marble with occasional subtle crystalline feathering.  It being a lightness and sophistication to both countertop and flooring applications.  It offers the ideal foundation to highlight your design style.  Anyone looking to bring a project to the next level and turn an ordinary design into something extraordinary would benefit from the elegant and refined appearance offered by Mystery White marble.

Sky White

With a truly exotic and elegant look, Sky White marble is the perfect addition to any home looking to pull off a classy and modern atmosphere. This pale blue-gray colored marble is accented with veins of a deep grey. Available in a polished finish, this stone brings an inviting element to spaces while adding a modern touch.  It offers a truly unique appearance anyone would love.

Black Wood

As its name might convey, Black Wood marble is a type of marble that has a look similar to wood. A darker toned marble, this selection has banded lines across it, giving this natural stone a timeless and sophisticated appearance. Its wooded look offers a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere to any project it is installed in and is reminiscent of nature. An exotic and different aesthetic, this stone combines the earthiness of wood with the superior quality that comes with marble.

Atlantis Grey

Tasteful and trendy, Atlantis Grey marble combines a number of elements that come together to create a look that would complement nearly any room it is installed. The blending of medium and lighter gray tones that are interspersed throughout the material are united by thin, dramatic veiled lines, making the result of this stone flawless. This is a surefire way for anyone looking to put a “wow” factor in a room.

Get in touch with us today!

Are you looking for new selections and the best quality of marble to offer clients? Any of the above will make a great impression on your customers and will result in spectacular spaces. With such a large variety of stones readily available in-stock, we are a leading provider of marble tile and slabs to trade professionals. If you think any of these popular, exotic options are what your clients may require, get in touch with us at Marble of the World today.

Posted in Marble By Steve Bis

As such a versatile material, there are a wide variety of projects an individual could have in mind when they consider installing marble in their home. Whether a client wants to install a luxury countertop in their kitchen or revitalize their bathroom, today’s savvy consumers’ research their potential design and contractor professionals.  Your online and word of mouth reputation can make the difference between landing a project and losing out to a competitor.    That is why it is so important to partner with qualified and professional vendors.   Your project and ultimately your client’s satisfaction may come down to who and where you source your products and services.  This is especially true when sourcing natural stone.  As an interior designer or contractor, you may want to be selective with whom you choose as your stone supplier.  Remember, this is where your clients will make what is often times the most significant product selection for their project.  After all, think of the disappointment your client would feel if their buying experience is difficult or worse, their chosen marble selection is not to their satisfaction.  Now imagine your disappointment when they take their frustration out on you and online!

To avoid this, it’s essential that you research a company before you entrust them with the task of providing you with high quality, timeless marble for your clients and their home improvement projects. In order to make sure the end result will impress your clientele, you’ll want to ensure that the supplier you choose to work with fulfills all of the essential criteria. Here are the factors that you will want to consider before committing to purchase your marble stone from a particular supplier:

Range of Products

With the inherent versatility of natural stone marble, your clients might be looking to complete any number of projects with it. Whether they are aiming for a beautiful new countertop, a stunning floor, or an impressive and luxurious wall for their shower, you will want to demonstrate that you are the right professional for the job. This means, however, that you need to source a vast selection of marble readily available to meet any project requirement. To accomplish this, you must carefully examine the market to make sure you choose a company that is able to cater to whatever needs and specifications you may have to fulfill. If you find a company with a wide range of product that provides you with everything you need, then this is a good sign they are well established.

Company Knowledge

The extent of knowledge that marble slab suppliers have regarding what they sell will often indicate their level of competency and expertise. It is a good idea to discuss with any potential supplier about the products they offer to get an idea of their experience and proficiency with marble and all other natural stones.  If you do not feel confident in their level of knowledge, then you should consider this to be a major red flag.

Customer Service

The supplier that you choose should work easily with you to confirm your order as per your specifications.  You want to be able to communicate with them and feel confident that they will do all that they can to exceed your expectation and should a problem arise, resolve any situations as quickly as possible. When talking to a supplier or when researching them, ask yourself, “Is this a supplier that would treat their clients the same way I treat my clients?” If your answer is no, then they may not be the supplier for you.

Quality

Any natural stone supplier that you are working with should take quality seriously. After all, you can be confident your clients are going to be serious about the quality of the products they are looking for, so you need to be up for the challenge. The natural stone supplier you work with should have a quality control inspection process in place for all the products they offer, and hold themselves and their materials to high standards.

Contact us today!

As a design professional and contractor, a good supplier can make or break your project’s success. You’ll want to make sure you are offering your clients a quality product that you have confidence in, so don’t rush the decision. You might even want to look at different stone suppliers and compare them against these criteria to find the best supplier for you. For interior designers and contractors looking for all of these qualities in a marble provider, look no further than Marble of the World. Contact us today with any questions you may have regarding the stones we offer and our extensive inventory. We look forward to hearing from you!

Posted in Marble By Steve Bis
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