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50 shades of…marble?

Marble like this screams sophistication.

Everyone and their grandmother has heard about 50 Shades of Grey. Starting out as one fan's take on a beloved series of books, the story – which follows the unorthodox love affair between a wealthy entrepreneur and a literature student – has become one of the highest grossing movies of all time.

The question is, what does it have to do with natural stone?

Mr Grey's choice

One of the most important aspects of making the movie was the set design, and this was no more obvious than in Christian Grey's penthouse – a rich symbol of the character himself. 

The set design was "chosen to reflect Christian Grey's extravagant lifestyle and millionaire taste," said Filipa Mendonca, press director of Covet Lounge, to the media. Covet Lounge were hired to fit out Mr Grey's apartment in the film. 

And in attempting to create this opulent, lavish living space for their film's title character, it seemed only one material would do: Marble. What else could convey the kind of grandiloquence and majesty that comes with such a ruthless, refined character like Christian Grey? 

The elegant flooring option

As anyone who's seen the movie can attest, the dark marble floors, with lightning-like veins of white running through them, immediately tell the viewer everything they need to know about the character of Mr Grey. Not only is he a man who likes a certain kind of sophisticated lifestyle, he's also got a hard, inscrutable surface.

The film is another example of how marble often serves a shorthand for taste and elegance, whether on the silver screen or not. And say what you will about Christian Grey, but if he keeps such lavish living quarters, even he no doubt knows how to take care of his natural stone. We wouldn't be surprised if he had called an Accredited Applicator to seal his marble floor with Dry-Treat's STAIN-PROOF Original™.

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