Tumbled Marble Backsplashes

Explore options for tumbled marble backsplashes, and prepare to add a warm, welcoming and attractive backsplash to your home.
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By: Sean McEvoy

Tumbled marble backsplashes are a popular choice among homeowners looking to add warmth, light and texture to their kitchen designs.

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Made through a process of tumbling natural marble to add visually interesting surface imperfections and rough and rustic textures, tumbled marble can be the perfect complement for various kitchen styles, from contemporary to country cozy.

Tumbled marble comes in a variety of styles and colors, from beige and white to dark grays and blacks. Brown, blue, yellow and green tumbled marble backsplashes are quite common, as these earthy tones can often lend warmth and light to kitchen designs. In terms of texture, each piece of tumbled marble is unique and may feature raised imperfections, striations or natural designs that add visual interest. To determine the style and color of tumbled marble that's right for your kitchen, you'll likely want to browse the wide range of options available at most tile specialty stores, home improvement stores, or online marble and tile retailers.

Once you've settled on the style, texture and color of tumbled marble that's right for your kitchen, it's time to determine how much you'll need. Marble in general is a bit more expensive than other common backsplash materials like ceramic tile and glass, so if you're operating on a budget, consider the amount of area you'll cover with your backsplash carefully. Some homeowners choose a bold, countertops-to-ceiling design if they have the wall space to feature it, others cover the entire space between the countertops and cabinets, and still others cover only a portion of this space. Your decision will likely be based on the size of your kitchen space, the type and amount of cooking you do, and the budget you've allocated for the job. Once you've decided on the surface area you want to cover, simply measure and calculate the square footage, and you've determined the amount of tumbled marble tile you'll need.

When the tumbled marble tile is on hand, it's time to install your new backsplash. There are two ways to go about this—the DIY route, which may involve you and any family or friends you can wrangle into helping you—or the hire-a-pro route, which is more costly but also probably more efficient and time saving. Tumbled marble isn't the simplest material to install, as the tiles may require cutting, sizing and configuring in order to fit perfectly; if you're not a home improvement expert or haven't installed a backsplash before, it may be best to hire a professional to install your new backsplash.

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