How To Successfully Pair Real Marble With Marble-Look Porcelain Tile

November 20, 2018


We all love the beauty of natural marble, which instantly evokes a sense of luxury and glamor. Still, as much as we wish we could afford it, natural marble throughout an entire project is out of reach for many homeowners. Never fear, because real marble can be used alongside high-quality marble-look porcelain tile, and no one will be the wiser! 

With the advent and perfection of ink jet printing on porcelain tiles, you can achieve the look of natural marble in realistic patterns and colors. So, go ahead and create a seamless luxury look with budget-friendly porcelain alongside the more expensive natural marble…and enjoy your new high-end look! Here are a few of our favorite pairings. 

Carrara White Marble backsplash and Calacatta Miraggio Gold Quartz

Here, a gorgeous slab of Carrara marble with ultra-soft, smokey gray veins complements the moderately veined and warmed undertoned Calacatta Miraggio Golf Quartz slab. With this pairing in the kitchen, you can add elegant movement with a quartz backsplash while the real marble countertops take center stage as the home chef's canvas. This way, not only will you add an understated element to your decor, but you'll also save on the expense of having a 100% marble-surfaced kitchen!

Fantasy White Marble and Carrara Praia Porcelain Tile

Here is another idea of how you can marry natural stone marble and marble-look porcelain tile perfectly. Again, consider using a natural slab marble on the countertops --and maybe even a cascading waterfall island --while elegant flooring features Carrara Praia tile continuing the natural stone theme. The porcelain marble-look tiles feature the realistic, iconic color and veining of fine Carrara marble, but without the cost! The combination of Fantasy White marble slab counters and the flooring is sure to give your kitchen or bath breath-taking modern elegance. 

Adella Gris Porcelain Tile and Arctic White Marble Ledger Panel

Mixing marble with marble-look porcelain often means a marble slab countertop. But widen your horizons! Marble surfaces are available in various products beyond a slab counter. For example, you can consider Arctic White Marble Ledger Panels. The split-faced stacked stone has a rustic look but the marble stone lends an elegance even through the splitface. Beautiful as a backsplash and matches perfectly with the deep marble-look Adella Gris porcelain tile. Overall, these two products meld to create a sophisticated and cohesive look. 

Pietra Calacatta Porcelain Tile and Calacatta Gold Marble 

Not to be outdone, the natural Calacatta Gold marble and marble-look porcelain tiles featured here are exquisite representations of what's possible. Imagine using these two stunning products to create the luxurious master retreat you long for—and within your budget. From floor to ceiling, creating a grand bathroom with the look of marble is achievable thanks to the amazingly realistic look of marble with Pietra Calacatta porcelain tile. Even side-by-side, it's difficult to tell which is the real stone. 

Arabescato Venato White 2x6 Honed and Arabescato Visio

To create a natural marble and marble-look porcelain tile design for your project, use our visualizer tools to mix and match materials until you get the look you desire. Maybe your dream bathroom will feature a marble-look porcelain backsplash like Arabscato Venato subway tile, partnered with the subtle beauty of our Arabescato Visio marble-look porcelain slab countertop. The options are virtually endless to create the look you desire within your budget. 

To learn more about MSI’s offerings for both marble and marble-look surfaces, chat with us online, visit one of our many showrooms nationwide, or find an authorized local dealer near you. 


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