Trend Mar­ble magic

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El­e­gant and so­phis­ti­cated, mar­ble has been a pop­u­lar in­te­rior choice for many years. From kitchens to bath­rooms, mar­ble sur­faces are durable, time­less and an in­vest­ment for any space.

A new trend has seen mar­ble move to dec­o­ra­tive ac­ces­sories and fur­nish­ings for liv­ing spa­ces.

“People use mar­ble in in­te­ri­ors for a point of dif­fer­ence,” says Bliss Adams from on­line store Mar­ble Ba­sics. “Ev­ery piece of mar­ble is unique, cre­ates a state­ment, and the mar­ble re­ally be­comes a show­piece in the home or space.”

Bliss says a more ad­ven­tur­ous spirit in in­te­rior styling is one of the main rea­sons mar­ble has made the move away from bench tops and counters.

“There is so much to choose from in terms of de­sign and I’ve found con­sumers are look­ing for items that will last, and are a real point of in­ter­est,” she says.

It’s this move to mar­ble as a dec­o­ra­tive ac­cent that has driven Bliss and sis­ter Bon­nie to launch an on­line store spe­cial­is­ing in smaller mar­ble pieces such as planters, can­is­ters and even salt and pep­per ves­sels. And al­though they are self­con­fessed “mar­ble fa­nat­ics”, the sis­ters rec­om­mend pair­ing ac­cent pieces with metals for a mod­ern look.

“At the mo­ment there are a lot of beau­ti­ful pieces out there in cop­per, brass, and stain­less steel and, when paired with mar­ble, this can of­fer a re­ally con­tem­po­rary look,” says Bliss. But mar­ble can look cold so choose pieces care­fully.

“If you’re us­ing mar­ble in a small piece, it shouldn’t re­quire too much warm­ing up, as it should com­ple­ment the space,” she says.

“But if the use of mar­ble is grand, in­tro­duc­ing nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als such as tim­ber or a wool or sisal rug, as well as plenty of soft fur­nish­ings, works well.

“We are big be­liev­ers in func­tion­al­ity, so no mat­ter how you choose to warm up a space it is best done with care­ful at­ten­tion to how you will use the items, how you will re­late to the fur­nish­ings and how they make you feel.”

Words Chelsea Clark

Solid mar­ble fea­tur­ing unique geo­met­ric shapes and faceted sur­faces will add an­other di­men­sion to desks and table­tops. Poly­he­dron Ob­jects, $39 each, from West Elm, west­

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