The veining and color combinations help define each marble type. The natural veining is unpredictable and will vary from one slab to the next. Within one shipment of marble slabs direct from the quarry, the patterning of the veins can range largely in size and quantity. Some types of marble have large swirling veins that give the stone high pattern movement and make the slab look like a piece of art. Other types of marble have small or hairline veins that allow the background color of the stone to become the defining factor. Although most marbles are recognizable based on the color and movement, no two slabs are alike. Unique veining is also what makes the stone valuable and desirable.
Marble has a one of the largest variations in color from the bright and bold to the subdued and neutral. Some of the more popular colors today are white, gray and cream. These colors include common names like Calacatta, Crema Marfil, and Carrara. On the bold end of the spectrum there are colors such as red found in Damascus and green found in Golden Cobra. In the middle of the spectrum there are popular choices such as the cream and brown found in Dark Emperador, and black found in Classic Black. Some of the more valuable marbles have multi-colored veins.
Some of the best applications for marble would be bathroom vanities, custom furniture tops, tub surrounds, and fireplace surrounds. Marble can be used in a kitchen with careful attention and maintenance. Marble is more susceptible to staining and etching making it more suitable for areas that receive less wear and tear. For this reason and since the stone has such great veining and movement, marble is the ideal choice for fireplaces surrounds and other wall applications where the patterning can be seen. Marble slabs can also be used in shower surrounds when sealed properly to prevent mold and mildew growth. Marble is a highly versatile stone that works well in many applications.