8 Ways to Use Marble in the Home

Marble has been sitting quietly in the background when it comes to material choice over the last few years. It’s a classic look that’s been fashionable since the time of the Ancient Greeks, but has recently been a little on the fringes compared to other building materials. This is all starting to change now as we see a resurgence of marble in interior design. It started coming back in small fashions, but now we’re starting to see marble encompassing whole rooms and floor plans as people rediscover its austerity and texture.

Marble, when done right, is incomparable as a building material. Choosing when and where to use it, however, can make the difference between passe and beautiful.

Marble in the kitchen

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Crema marfil – Artisan Stone

Marble excels in long, unbroken poles and slabs – it’s why it’s so commonly used to decorate auspicious lobbies in columns or receptions. While it still looks the part in other forms, you might not get the same level of texturing running throughout the piece.

To this end, the kitchen very much suits this type of stone. There’s a lot of opportunity for slab-work here, which gives the full marvellous set-piece look.

  • As a benchtop

Firstly, marble suits the kitchen island or countertop to a tee. Both are simple, flat surfaces that serve as focal points for the room and are large enough for showcase some serious marbling running through the stone.

If your kitchen has a standalone island and sink, marble can be used not only on the top of the bench, but also as a building material on the walls of the island. This allows it to function as a secondary backsplash.

  • As a splashback

The main purpose of a splashback is to provide a visual effect for the eye to focus upon when taking in a new room, as well as liven up the room to prolonged viewing. You can use marble to great effect here by creating a marvellous backdrop to the room. It’s also as stain-resistant as anything, in the case of any erroneous pasta sauce incidents.

  • As tiling

Kitchen floors tend to experience a lot of spillage and staining, and marble is a particularly good stone for tiling. It’s not very porous, which means that it can work in both a kitchen and bathroom environment (more on the latter later) without building up water or staining.

One common design trick is to purchase coloured marble as a polar contrast to your main decorator colour. Below, we have an example of black Pietra Grey contrasted against a predominantly white surface. This is, in turn, highlighted with white marbling.

The overall effect is contrast with complexity, a simple, elegant room that provides plenty of visual stimulation on its own, but when exposed to stronger colours can serve as a comparatively muted backdrop (notice how much the vibrant hues on the flowers to the left pop out!).

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Pietra Grey – Artisan Stone

Marble in the Lounge

  • As a coffee table

Want something to use to wow guests? A marble coffee table is a surefire way to keep up with the Joneses for anyone looking to relax in class. It’s another great place to use marble in slab-form, as it acts much like the aforementioned benchtop in tying together a room cohesively.

  • As a fireplace surround

A fireplace is a grand installation befitting of a regal stone choice. It’s a cool stone, visually, and you have a choice of colouring to match any look. If you’re after regality, marble is the go-to choice here.

This might not be the best idea if you’re in the heart of the Red Centre, but if you’re somewhere that feels the chill of winter, ornamental fireplaces serve as a great showpiece for the room even when not in use.

  • As a dressing table cover

A great way to repurpose the off cuts that come with larger projects is to create toppings for smaller pieces of furniture, such as dressing tables, cabinets, or similar small objects.

If you’re using marble throughout the house, creating a uniform look for the tops of surfaces can go a long way to creating a cohesive ‘theme’ for your place. Serves excellently when serving as a higher level surface (say, a dressing table) near to a lower marble of a similar cut (such as a low coffee table).

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Crema marfil tiles – Artisan Stone

Marble in the bathroom

  • As bathroom tiling

You can use marble to tile both the walls and the floors of a bathroom. As previously mentioned, marble isn’t a particularly porous material, so it’s fitting for a moisture or condensation heavy room such as the bathroom.

Popular colours in the bathroom are whites, creams, dark-flecked marble for contrast, and tan shades.

  • As a bathtub veneer

As a covering, marble works as a seamless vertical slice for things like shower or bathtub veneers. It additionally means not having to put up with a bunch of grout clogging the view. Great for anyone trying to chase the sleek and modern look.

Not all natural stones are appropriate for use in all areas of the home. Please also note that all Marble should be sealed with a high quality penetrating sealer prior to use and will always require some degree of maintenance.  If you would like more information on which products are most appropriate for sealing and maintaining Marble please contact one of our sales staff on 1300 301 898 or visit https://artisanstone.com.au/products/sealers-and-cleaners