Marble has a reputation in interiors – old-school, stuffy, classical, one for the oligarch bling brigade – but that’s changing fast.
Today’s marble has got attitude, and it’s as much about applying it cleverly in contemporary interiors as it is about showing off to your friends and covering every surface in your house with it.
I once visited a home where every bathroom (there were 6 of them) and all reception areas were clad head-to-toe in calacatta and crema marfil. Totally uninspiring.
Now the clever stylish people are using marble intelligently and creatively.
So where can you use it?
We use marble in bathrooms – lots. It’s the coolness to touch that lends itself well to luxe, contemporary bathrooms and gives you that retreat feeling at the end of a long day.
But here’s the rule (and we’re not much into rules), don’t use marble on every surface. Break it up with other materials (metro tiles, paint).
On vanity units, marble feels great. The tactility is important. 20mm thickness gives a contemporary vibe, 30-40mm is chunky and ‘luxe’.
We love to use marble effect tiles in walk-in shower areas styled with contemporary matt black taps, super stylish.
Marble used across all the surfaces in a room gives a cold feel. But choose a feature (fireplace) and clad the surrounding wall in it, a honed marble, and the effect is dramatic.
Marble is a no-go for kitchen worktops if you are a perfectionist who loves an interior to be finished and styled immaculately. Marble will mark and build up a patina over time, so is more suitable for relaxed souls who love character. There are lots of composites now that mimic marble if you want the look but not the maintenance and care.
Tile technology has progressed so that large format, honed marble tiles look as good as the real thing. Made of porcelain they are more hardwearing than marble (which can be porous and needs maintenance), the large formats which now go up to 3m means less tile joints for a more seemless, high end look. You can even bookmatch tiles like you would with real marble, creating realistic patterns with the grain. Perfect for kitchen splashbacks.
We love a honed finish on all our marble. It’s matt and a million miles away from the polished blinged up marble of old. Eased edge profiles soften the edges while looking super contemporary.
Marble applied architecturally comes with a relatively high cost. So bringing in marble details through accessories is more democratic.
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If there is one detail we always include in all our interiors it’s marble. Used creatively it’s visually interesting and tactile. Our clients love it.