I remember about 3 or 4 years ago, just as we were shopping for worktops as part of our kitchen renovation, I read in the newspaper (yup, an actual physical paper) that marble was making a comeback.
It feels a bit weird saying that because it’s so widespread on the high street now – and if I’m being totally honest I’m not sure it’s “come back” from anywhere at all? Does marble ever go out of style?
There was talk of an 80s design revival, and ways to bring luxury materials – such as marble – more accessible to the masses. I think its association with lavish living and luxe glamour must have kept it away from our homes long before I ever had an interest in interiors, but now that I’m paying attention, it’s saturating the market with no signs of slowing down.
And I really love it.
BUT, it’s starting to become a little one-dimensional dontcha think?
The Carrara marble we’re so familiar with is the pattern we’ve come to love; the white glossiness with sheens of an almost-blue shade of grey. And it’s beautiful, really it is. But could we be doing MORE with marble?
I’ve got a DIY project coming up where I finally add a little bit faux marble into my home which I’ll share soon, but whilst I was researching that I came across LOADS of bold ideas for marble with some balls (see what I did there?)
If Carrera marble is a bit too minimal for your taste, check out these ways to turp up the marble to MAXIMUM level.Let me know which is your favourite! If anyone thinks you’re bonkers, you can blame me. I’m an enabler, and I don’t mind one bit.
1. Bold Hex Marble
Not only are some of these my favourite colours, but that hex pattern is something I just haven’t spotted yet in the marble world. I believe it was created by an artist but has been since created into vases and marble tiles. Need need need.
2. Herringbone Multicoloured Marble
Most interiors geeks will immediately recognise the image below, but for those who are distracted by the beauty of those chairs, this is Sketch London. I still haven’t had the pleasure of going yet for afternoon tea, but I hear it’s worth a visit for the decor alone. The floor is marble from what I’m told but I love the way it’s in a parquet pattern.
Image: Gal Meets Glam
3. Luxe Geometric Marble
If you’re after glamour, surely this one below is for you. It’s the closest to Carrera marble in my shortlist but in that pattern and paired with the gold guild, it’s a real show stopper.
Image: AKDO Allure Collection
4. Art Deco Pastel Marble
I can’t get enough of the colour combo below. This particular image is actually a piece of art created for printing on the likes of your mobile phone covers and for framing on the wall, but if you’re really bold – and stinking rich – it would make a kickass statement floor.
5. Dusky Pink Marble Bath
Aside from being beautiful, marble is really hardwearing, and some clever clogs has decided it could even make a bath! I do worry how cold it might be on your bum but hey, at least you’ll look fabulous in the tub.
6. Quartz-inspired Marble Mural
A wall mural is probably the most cost-effective way of going maximum marble in your home. This version below is subtle enough in its colouring that I bet even the minimalists amongst you could be swayed.
Image: Your Decal
7. Cow Print Marble Stairs
How frickin’ awesome are these stairs? They’re from Cafe Kitsune in Tokyo and I’m definitely into the pattern – an almost cow print. If I ever had one of those ginormous staircases in the Hollywood hills, this is what I’d have.
Image: Anne Van Assche
Which is your favourite? Share below if you’ve seen any more which have made your jaw drop.