Marble, the eternal interior design trend
From greek temples to boutique hotels, marble has a long history in interiors, and it's not going anywhere
Marble tiling in bathrooms was pretty much a 90s staple, and is still going strong today, albeit in a more toned down, artful fashion. We picked marble bathrooms as one of 2019’s top bathroom design trends, as we’re seeing its use absolutely bloom and develop.
There’s something about the grey or white veins that makes one think of running water and all things bathroom-y, but in 2019, marble use in bathrooms is incredibly broad. Coloured marble, marble baths, marble sinks and marble bath accessories are popping up everywhere.
Adding marble accents to a bathroom brings an element of calm, aesthetic sophistication, and charms with its practicality, as it hides dirt well and is easy to clean.
Marble in Kitchens
Like bathrooms, a marble benchtop was a 90s décor dream. Budget willing, the 90s adage of more is more included marble use, with cupboards, benchtops, floors and splashbacks sporting matching white and grey marble.
Today however, we’re seeing marble go in two ways. Matching coloured-marble splashbacks and counters are counterbalanced with fitting-less fittings and minimal styling, whilst an artfully placed marble kitchen island and pendant lamp is matched with brass fittings and colourful accessories.
Marble loves metallics, and if you choose to go for a more restrained marble look in your kitchen, brass, rose gold and gold are your friends. Pick up on the shades within the marble to accessorise with colour- emerald green vases, navy cabinets or pink drop sinks.
Marble is a great material for contrast, for creating textural depth and playing off other complex materials like wood grain, jute and rattan.
It makes a great focus point, whilst highlighting patterns in adjacent objects. For this reason it's a great material for homewares and furniture - coffee table tops, trays, candle holders, cheese boards and clocks. If you artfully place a few marble pieces around your room, you'll instantly up the sophistication level
Terrazzo: Marble’s Little Cool Cousin
Ahh terrazzo, once relegated to your Greek neighbour’s driveway, terrazzo has made a roaring comeback, thanks in part to hip designers like Olivia Aspinall, who have start introducing sophisticated colour schemes and chic ingredients to their terrazzo. Step into any recently designed luxe boutique or restaurant and there’s a 99% chance you’ll find terrazzo. Whether in a sprawling countertop, some artfully scattered coffee tables or in overwhelming bathroom tiling, terrazzo is HERE. Start small by incorporating terrazzo accessories into your spaces or take the plunge and go for tiling.
Where Does Marble Come From
Marble is a type of limestone rock that forms when it's subjected to both the heat and pressure over time. It's striking patterns and colours continue to make it a popular material selection for flooring, benchtops, tiles and homeware accents.
The two most commonly used marbles in home design in Australia would be the Carrara Marble (white with blue/grey streaks) commonly sourced from Tuscany, Italy. Also, Creole Marble (white and blue/black) most commonly found in Georgia, USA.
How To Care For and Clean Marble
Seal It. Marble is a porous material so it's imperative to ensure it is sealed against intrusive liquids and contaminants. Purchase a quality sealer and apply 1-3 times before using the marble.
Protect It. Make sure you avoid placing hot or humid objects directly on the marble - use coasters or cork mats. Clean any spills quickly and try not to place objects that will scratch the marble onto it.
Clean It. Marble is sensitive to acidic products, so use a pH neutral cleaning product to wipe it daily. Avoid lemon juice, vinegar and bicarb soda - no matter how environmentally friendly they are they'll eat at your marble!
Spot Clean. Buff any scratched straight away to keep your marble nice and shiny. Similarly, if any liquid is spilled wipe it up immediately to prevent stains. The acidity in wine will leave long lasting stains if not treated asap. If you didn't get there in time, use ammonia and hydrogen peroxide to gently rub away the stain.
We hope you found this article helpful. If you are ready to start incorporating marble into your interior, check out out marble products range.
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