James Treble explains the look and why it’s so cool right now.
Marble, both real and faux, is the trend of the moment.
THE MARBLE LOOK IS RIGHT ON
TREND, but the look extends beyond natural stone products. It has also become a pattern printed onto paper and fabric and been made into faux lookalike finishes, which are far more durable and often more cost-effective than the real thing.
The look can easily be included in your home, in a range of accessories and homewares. For the bathroom, look to liquid soap dispensers and marble vanity tops. For the living room, decorative objects such as sculptural paperweights, lampbases and coffee tabletops are a great way to include this trend. For the kitchen, look to chopping boards and decorative canisters.
Advances in technology mean that manmade products such as porcelain tiles and kitchen benchtops can be produced to convincingly replicate the natural beauty of marble. Natural marble is also porous, so these faux products are actually harder-wearing and more durable than the real thing. They are also so well made they can be hard to distinguish from the real thing.
Marble-printed napkins, placemats, bedding and cushions are an interesting and inventive way to marry the beauty of this hard surface with a soft and malleable material such as fabric or paper. Marble patterns are also popular in wall hangings and prints, often in pastels or metallics.
Natural balance Marble works best with neutral, nature-based accessories.