Trend Marble magic
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 email@example.com
Solid marble featuring unique geometric shapes and faceted surfaces will add another dimension to desks and tabletops. Polyhedron Objects, $39 each, from West Elm, westelm.com.au