Dyeing Marble Tile
by Douglas Taylor
My wife would like a flower mosaic inserted into our marble floor design.
I'm looking for colored marble tiles, but also would like to know... can we dye our whitish marble
after we cut the pieces of the mosaic puzzle?
Do you have any marble tile dyeing information as well as information on the care and feeding of dyed marble?
Ha! Usually it's the other way around... get dye out
of marble. Or simply darken the overall color a bit. Yes, dyeing marble can be done
. In fact, ancient Greek and Roman artisans dyed marble.
Finding the right dye and a competent person to do it may be difficult. I am not an ancient Greek or Roman artist, and this project is a bit outside our scope, however, I believe you'll want to use an oil-based dye.I'd suggest
seeking out a concrete staining specialist in your area. Concrete is often dyed and I'll bet a residential concrete flooring pro will be a good place to start.
tell you that the finished product will likely be a bit of a surprise because you can't completely or accurately control how the marble will absorb the dye and many dyes will fade and potentially discolor or yellow over time.
That's what often happens to concrete countertops (although new-generation dyes are now much more UV resistant and color-stable)... and quartz countertops can't be used outdoors for the same reasons... the coloring dye will yellow.
I'm sure with a bit more research you'll find more specific info regarding actual application technique for dyeing marble and/or any natural stone.
This is a pretty narrow niche these days, but I'd guess someone out there is doing it.