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Cel­e­brate the re­vival of mar­ble and show it off beau­ti­fully

1 mix AND match ac­ces­sories

‘Mar­ble is a beau­ti­ful ma­te­rial to use in your home as it’s com­pletely natural, which means that each piece is uniquely dif­fer­ent. It’s also easy to clean and ex­tremely durable, which is great for items like chop­ping boards,’ says Adam Daghorn, Head of Home­ware at French Con­nec­tion. As mar­ble also pairs beau­ti­fully with both pol­ished and rus­tic woods, sim­i­lar stone ac­ces­sories don’t look out of place in a fam­ily farm­house kitchen, or a coun­try din­ing room.


Hard-wear­ing yet beau­ti­ful, mar­ble has been used for floor­ing for cen­turies and makes a strik­ing first im­pres­sion. ‘This an­tique tum­bled mar­ble offers soft­ened, rounded edges to cre­ate a floor with a truly au­then­tic feel,’ says Louisa Mor­gan, Mar­ket­ing Di­rec­tor at Man­darin Stone. ‘Laid in a tra­di­tional di­a­mond de­sign, it cre­ates the per­fect back­drop for the hall­way of any coun­try home.’

3 FLOORED by beauty

‘Mar­ble mo­saics of­fer a high-qual­ity sur­face that al­lows you to cre­ate a per­son­alised dec­o­ra­tive scheme, and the time­less beauty of Ital­ian mar­ble is ideal for a coun­try house,’ says Paola Tanini, founder of Devon & Devon. Al­though a more ex­pen­sive choice for floor­ing, keep costs down by choos­ing ba­sic metro tiles on the wall and sim­ply up­dat­ing taps and fit­tings in­stead of re­plac­ing whole suites.

4 clas­sic WORK­TOP

Mar­ble has been used to clad the in­side of the chim­ney breast as well as for the work­top in this kitchen, cre­at­ing a strik­ing, co­he­sive look. As Melissa Klink, Head of De­sign at Har­vey Jones ex­plains, ‘Be­yond the cab­i­netry, your counter ma­te­rial takes up the ma­jor­ity of your kitchen space so makes a big im­pact. Mar­ble is still one of the most pop­u­lar op­tions as it is beau­ti­ful and wears well.’

5 PRAC­TI­CAL splash­back

‘Bring a unique look and feel to the kitchen with mar­ble.

Not only does it work well on work­tops, but it also makes a beau­ti­ful splash­back for the sink,’ says Fred Hor­lock, Store De­sign Man­ager for Nep­tune. ‘Us­ing a full sheet of mar­ble in­stead of tiles is vis­ually cleaner, while adding a con­tem­po­rary edge to a coun­try kitchen.’ On-trend brass taps and kitchen­ware help keep this look fresh, and the hit of dark blue paint on the open shelv­ing con­trasts beau­ti­fully with the natural hue of the mar­ble.

6 GEO­MET­RIC walls

Us­ing mar­ble in a bath­room may seem an ob­vi­ous choice, but to ring the changes try wall tiles in un­usual shapes. Here, geo­met­ric mar­ble tiles add a con­tem­po­rary touch and pro­vide plenty of vis­ual in­ter­est even for the most pared-back scheme. Laura James, Brand Am­bas­sador at Fired Earth says, ‘White mar­ble has a time­less ap­peal and lux­u­ri­ous pu­rity so it’s per­fect for coun­try bath­rooms.’


A mar­ble bath­room oozes ho­tel glam­our, and the own­ers of this smart en suite have spared no ex­pense. Clev­erly sur­round­ing a deep bath with the same mar­ble as the floor and walls cre­ates a seam­less flow of lux­ury and also gives the il­lu­sion of a larger space, as the eye is not dis­tracted by vary­ing pat­terns. It’s a won­der­ful way to cre­ate your own spa-style bath­room at home.


A mar­ble fire­place makes a dra­matic im­pact in any room. As mar­ble is a ma­te­rial that carves so well, in­tri­cate pat­terns and edg­ings can be cre­ated to be­spoke de­signs, as Paul Ch­es­ney, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor at Ch­es­neys, ex­plains: ‘The pure white of the stat­u­ary mar­ble is a pop­u­lar choice. The Chilling­ton com­bines the Greek Key Azul Valverde in­lay with a beau­ti­fully carved cor­niced man­tel.’

In­dus­trial tim­ber con­sole ta­ble, £325; in­dus­trial bar stool, £155; mar­ble and mango cheese board, £36; mar­ble chop­ping board, £28; soap­stone coaster set, £22, all French Con­nec­tion.

Elite 8 white car­rara and black mar­quina mar­ble, from £474 sq m, Devon & Devon.

Blue­stone tum­bled mar­ble floor­ing, £41.93 sq m, Man­darin stone.

A clas­sic Shak­er­style kitchen starts from £18,000, Har­vey Jones.

Edinburgh large oak wash­stand, £1,320; ce­ramic sink bowl, £315, both Nep­tune.

The Chilling­ton fire­place, in stat­u­ary mar­ble, £7,500, Ch­es­neys.

High So­ci­ety mar­ble mo­saics, in Rock­e­feller, £349.21 sq m, Fired Earth.

Sim­i­lar mar­ble, Sile­stone Cala­catta Gold, from £400 sq m, Cosentino.

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