One of the biggest trends for this year has been the use of marble in the home. With its history of use in palatial settings and ancient architecture, utilising this aspirational natural material will give your space sophistication as well as add natural movement and texture
At first glance, using marble for furniture may seem cold or stark. But it’s an incredibly hard-wearing material, especially when honed or polished and then sealed which makes it a fantastic surface for use in rooms where there may be extremes in temperature or humidity such as a kitchen or bathroom. It also works well as surfaces from coffee tables to consoles.
Our tips today will help you decide if marble is the best material for your home and how to incorporate it for a look that’s classic as well as trendy and inspirational.
Which Rooms Suits Marble?
Nearly any room in the home can incorporate a bit of marble as it suits many different applications.
The kitchen island is a prime place for marble, having been used as worktops throughout Europe for many many years. It’s cool to the touch and perfect for rolling out dough or pastry. In the kitchen, it will develop a patina with use which many love.
In the bathroom, you might wish to top your vanity with a small slab of marble to add a beautiful natural material for a spa-like finish. You’ll want to make sure it’s properly sealed so that there is no ingress of water into this natural material and to maintain a beautiful look.
My own dining room sports a marble topped dining table which adds a cool tactile finish to the brass plated base. The mottled texture of Carrara gives the entire room a sophisticated look. It also looks beautiful topping sideboards.
From experience, my marble tables are incredibly heavy as well as hard-wearing so which ever room you choose to use it, make sure it’s a piece you’ve planned for in advance as once it’s in place, it’s difficult to shift around easily!
What Combines with Marble?
As marble is quite a hard, cool material you’ll always want to contrast it with something that’s warmer and softer in nature. In a living room or bedroom, for instance, consider layering tactile materials like sheepskin throws or faux fur cushions to provide a great contrast for this harder material.
Marble combines well with other natural pieces as well such as leather or softer materials such as velvet and knitted fabrics. It also contrasts wonderfully with natural fibres such as wool, jute or rattan.
Things to Consider When Using Marble Furniture
Remember that marble is a natural material and as such, can be prone to staining, etching or scratching. You’ll want to ensure any marble you use in the home is sealed properly to make it more resistant to stains or marks if you’d like it to continue looking perfect.
Many, however, quite love how marble will take on a character all its own with use. Those marks and scratches can be viewed as a patina which gets better with age so if aren’t particular about a perfect finish, then why not embrace the imperfections which come along with this beautiful material?
And finally, while marble may be a budget-busting material, there are plenty of ways to fake the look of marble in your home. I’ve long been a fan of marble effect sticky-back plastic which is great for achieving the look of marble without the price tag. I’ve used it to great effect in creating marble look shelving as well as topping a chest of drawers.
You can also find man-made materials which replicate the look of marble using digital photography such as porcelain tiles or acrylic surfaces. It’s worth checking out other marble options if you would like to try out the look in your home without the financial commitment.
Kimberly Duran is an award-winning interior design blogger who chronicles her decorating journey in her blog, Swoon Worthy. Her style is unashamedly eclectic, bohemian and glamorous and when she's not helplessly drooling over design websites and adding things to the imaginary 'shopping basket' in her head, she likes to get messy tackling DIY projects, stalking eBay for bargains, taking Instagram pictures of her cats and investing time in her ongoing love affair with gold spray paint.