TREND ALERT

James Tre­ble ex­plains the look and why it’s so cool right now.

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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.

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