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Dark & Black Marble

Rich, decadent, and effortlessly chic, black marble is one of the most impactful marbles on the market. Used for thousands of years, black marble is synonymous with sophistication, with the dark base stone used as a contrast for furniture, fittings, and other decor.

Black marble tiles are the easiest and most budget-friendly way to incorporate this luxury material into your home or commercial space as flooring, wall cladding, and more. With a large variety of black marbles available, tiles can be used to accent lighter marbles and complement existing decor.

The Benefits of Black Marble Tiles:

Beauty and Style

Black marble is often used to introduce a sense of opulence to a setting due to the bolder contrast with veining. In this respect, black marble is naturally attention-grabbing and demands appreciation.

Colour variations range from inky, midnight blacks to misty charcoal greys and everything in between. Alongside diverse veining, black marble tiles are recognised as one of the most stylish natural materials available.


As a dark natural stone, the visibility of dirt, damage, and other signs of use are less visible with black marble tiles. Alongside the natural density, scratch-resistance, and insulating properties of marble, this makes black marble tiles one of the best choices available.


Black marble tiles are extremely versatile both in terms of decor and application.

Naturally complementary, black marble can be worked into almost any decor. Dark tones can make large spaces feel more intimate and tie together natural wood elements in kitchens and other smaller settings.

Easily installed and cut to size, black marble tiles can be used in any setting as flooring, wall cladding, surface material, and decoratively in recesses.

Resale Value

All marble installations will add resale value to properties. As a desirable and scarce material, marble can add anything up to 10% onto the value of your home or commercial space. Black marble, especially, is recognised as an in-demand material that can act as a boost to marketability.

Designing with Black Marble Tiles

Black marble tiles can be easily integrated into any design project due to their versatile colour and easy installation.

Choosing the Right Type of Black Marble Tile

The first consideration should be the type of black marble you choose. This will largely come down to budget and availability in tile format. While most black marbles are available, not all variations lend themselves to tiling due to differences in patterning and internal structure.

To discover the best black marble for your project, check out RMS Marble’s tile collection or contact one of our team members to discuss your options.

Colour and Veining

Due to the natural geological formation of black marble, no two tiles will be the same. Every marble section features unique tones, veins, and mineral inclusions that add depth and charm to your space.

Consider the depth of black and density of veining you would like and what would work best in your setting.

Choosing the Right Finish

Black marble looks great polished. This glossy finish makes the base stone and veining stand out more, and it works best in modern and contemporary design.

Honed finishes are perfect for bathroom settings, kitchen floors, and alongside natural materials such as dark woods. This finish will mute contrast a little and soften reflected light, adding a relaxing effect.

Some black marble tiles can also be finished with a leather effect. This brings out the natural contours of black marble and improves the underfoot grip.

Integrating Black Marble Tiles into Your Home Design

Black marble tiles are available in a range of sizes, most commonly 600x300mm, 600x600mm, and an oblong format of 600x1200mm. Before progressing, calculate how many tiles you will need and consider whether tile cutting will be necessary.

Take a look at your existing decor and look for black marble variants that will match or contrast nicely against it.

Popular Black Marble Tiles 

Nero Marquina

Unapologetically bold, Nero Marquina is a deep black marble with a network of thin brilliant white veins across its surface. It’s considered one of the premium black marbles and is revered for its elegant appearance. Nero Marquina tiles are often used as a contrasting material, often alongside white marble to create a chequerboard effect.

Breccia Black

While most black marbles are monochromatic, some variants have a surprising amount of colour. Breccia Black exhibits honey golds and rich coffee browns that gives the stone a natural warmth. This makes it a great choice in kitchens and living spaces to induce a relaxing atmosphere. The irregular patterning of Breccia Black marble makes it a great choice for floor tiles where its enhanced durability is especially appreciated.

Grigio Carnico

One of the premium Italian marbles in the black hues, Grigio Carnico has a beautiful balance of black and white  in a dense, strong marble that turns heads.

Caring for Your Black Marble Tiles

Black marble tiles are one of the more durable options available, with a dense crystallised structure and naturally minimises the appearance of dirt, marks, and damage. Nevertheless, like all marble, black marble tiles require some basic care and attention.

Cleaning Black Marble Tiles

Clean black marble tiles with a neutral PH cleaner . This solution should be diluted and used with a soft microfibre cloth or mop to remove marks and dirt. After cleaning,keep the surfaces free of grit to avoid marks. 

Protecting Black Marble Tiles

The best way to protect black marble tiles and keep them looking their best is to seal them once every 6-12 months. This temporarily saturates the top layer of marble with a protective coating, which prevents moisture, bacteria, and other intrusions from entering the inner marble.

Repairing Black Marble Tiles

Black marble is repairable with epoxy resin and patch tool solutions. These recreate areas of damage and can help restore the original look of your marble tile if cracked, chipped, or broken. However, unlike with travertine tiles, this process is not rejuvenative but reconstructive.

Preventing Stains on Black Marble Tiles

Black marble tiles are less likely to show stains than white or other light marble. This is because the darker base tones are light absorbent, and staining is less contrasting.

However, stains can still be visible, especially from dark, acidic liquids such as red wine. If a spillage does occur, absorb the liquid as soon as possible. Then, clean the tile using a gentle dish soap solution.

If staining has occurred, consider using a baking soda and hydrogen peroxide solution to gently lift out stains. Combine the two to form a thick paste, applying it to the affected area and leaving it for 24 hours. Clean the mixture away, and notice the stain has considerably diminished in appearance.