Marble furniture is, without question, one of the most lusted-after finishes to have in a home. And don’t we all know it? Indeed, marble decor has been snapped, papped and hashtagged for several seasons now, and the trend is showing no signs of putting on the brakes.
But, what we are starting to see is new expressions in marble, from the type of stone to the manner in which it’s used. Interiors director, Linda Holmes, reveals all in this lowdown of the latest looks in marble.
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The Marble Coffee Table
In the centre of a living room, a white marble coffee table (or a black one depending on your stone persuasion) will earn significant, respected points in terms of sophistication. What we’re seeing in recent years is a move away from the once seen-everywhere, incredibly fine black metal legwork that underpins a slither of white marble atop. Instead, there are two on-trend coffee table styles—the black metal is replaced by marble’s lesser-known friend, chrome or, the bases of such marble coffee tables are becoming far heavier and may even be carved from scorched black wood as opposed to metal.
The latter is a silhouette you see quite clearly in the Stephanie Coutas designed living area, pictured. In fact, she has even playfully positioned a marble effect glass ornament on top that presents the more typical figure—those very lightweight, very slender lines. This juxtaposition is just the perfect presentation of a trend, evolved.
The Marble Console Table
From one table form to another, marble console tables too have evolved from their taller, slimmer forms to embrace a more sculptural aesthetic, like the domineering profile like the one in this Carlyle Design scheme. Encouraged to step over to the dark side, the brass and black marble console table presents a modern interpretation of the ever-loved Art Deco colour palette.
Of course, most commonly you’ll see white marble tables with delicate grey veining. Typically this is Carrara marble which is the most popular. Calcatta marble is another lighter marble which carries a luxury nametag. It’s plentiful in hues with far greater colour variation and thicker veining than Carrara, from white with golden ribbons to dark, steely grey with flashes of white.
Black or white marble not your style? There’s been a shift towards more colourful marbles too, especially for tone-setting sculptural console tables placed in entrance halls.
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The Marble Dining Table
Marble dining tables have been perhaps the least commonly witnessed marble furniture so trends in that category are interesting to keep an eye on now that this is showing signs of change.
With the prolific use of marble comes a rise in confidence in looking after and living with a material known for its delicate, high maintenance nature. Prior to this, people were often hesitant at the idea of having marble as a surface to dine upon for fear of spills and stains.
Now, quite often, that fear has subsided, as owners learn how to care for marble; where it remains, the material isn’t discounted for there is an openness towards its other darker, hides-a-multitude-of-sins colourways. As such, marble dining tables are increasing in popularity with more unusual characters coming through, such as the gorgeous chocolate brown colours of Spanish Emperador marble or even jet black Levadia Black marble.
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The Marble Sideboard
Should you want to select an item of marble furniture that is not quite so typical—not so much in colour or finish, but in mere presence—then a marble sideboard is worthy of consideration. Much like a marble dining table, it will have immediate stage presence because of its size and volume, so it’s statement-making potential is baked in.
Those with a waterfall marble tabletop are most alluring. In the same way that a marble worktop in a kitchen occasionally overextends the island, running down its sides part-way, a marble or marble effect sideboard can do the very same. It is a look that is certainly more luxurious—the more marble, the more decadent—but also highly contemporary as it cuts a clean line on the side profile which can be very striking indeed.
The Marble Lamp
The trend for marble lamps isn’t a new one—meaning marble table lamps, floor lamps, ceiling lights and sconces will always be stylish. Of the designers demonstrating the possibilities of this eternally stylish type of lighting most elegantly, Kelly Wearstler is certainly one of them with her brass and Carrara marble floor lamps. AERIN has experimented with the aforementioned black marble, also teaming it with brass accents, typically on the base of its table lamps, but offering a more classic representation of marble with cream drum shades on top.
It’s worth noting that marble decor is not simply a topic of accessories and objets, but it is the sum total of all of the elements in the room coming together in symphony. A round marble coffee table, for instance, is an example of marble decor for it introduces a new shape, a new height and a new character to the space. Marble lamps are, as described above, sculptural pieces that are as decorative as an ornament might be.
This aside, there is a wealth of marble accessories that you can call upon to dress a room that will make marble’s presence well known. There remains the marble border photo frames, geometric marble coasters and the sort of accent pieces that soared when marble first began to trend, but I prefer to head in the direction of the more sophisticated and the more subtle. Michael Aram has many sculptures and candlestick holders that are works of art themselves. He has also been known to finish a simple trinket box with a marble cast flower as its handle—such a small nod to marble, but one that is deeply appreciated when happened upon.
Look also at textiles, for a marble-effect rug or a dappled and veined cushion that echoes the patterns found in the natural stone variety. Though not marble, per se, they will all play to the marble theme to which your room may wish to subscribe.
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