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Bold Marble Is Going Mainstream (And We’re Here For It)

Marble has been a mainstay in stylish spaces for centuries. Whether selecting calacatta, carrara, travertine, or arabescato, the use of this beautiful stone in kitchens, bathrooms, and living rooms is certainly nothing new.

But, we have noticed a new trend towards the ostentatious. Professional and amateur designers alike seem to be favoring colorful, cracked marble with interesting swirls and unique veining—the more imperfect, the better. Of course, this emerging trend also aligns with the 1980s renaissance currently dominating design and fashion; there’s a reason why luxurious stone pairs perfectly with flashy gold hardware, curved furniture, and pastels. 

What’s more, it appears that marble has evolved beyond kitchen countertops. Architecture firms like Humbert and Poyet and Rob Mills are using marble to create custom fireplaces, dining and coffee tables, backsplashes, luxurious bathtubs, ottomans, flooring, staircases, seating, and even glassware. 

If you’re looking to introduce this timeless stone in your home, we have one piece of advice: go big or go home. Swoon over some of our favorite marble-flecked rooms and gather design inspiration below.

Pretty in Pink.

Beloved by firms like Elizabeth Roberts Architecture and Decus Interiors, pink marble is back in a big way. From dusty rose to bold bubblegum, pink marble can effortlessly vacillate between tasteful and kitschy to meet your design needs. Go bold and try a rose and white swirled waterfall island, or test the waters with a serving platter or salt bowl. 

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Swirled Black & White

Interior designers and architects alike are kicking classic black and white marble up a notch, opting for bold swirling and striking color flecks that highlight the color contrast. Keep it classic with neutral decor, or take notes from architect Damien Langlois-Meurinne and add a 1980s twist with a sage green coat of paint. 

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Fresh Oxblood & Navy

On the contrary, creamy marble cracked with rich wine tones feels distinctly 2020. Take RMGB Architect’s Versailles project, for example. The kitchen island is carved from a deeply veined, wine-toned marble that truly sets the project apart. To the right, you’ll see that the stone pairs perfectly with navy paint and gold hardware.

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Retro Green & Gold

Speaking of the 1980s, no color characterizes the decade quite like green. From pastel sage to deep evergreen, we’ve noticed a slew of spaces outfitted with marble in this memorable hue—most notably Liaigre Studio’s “Munich Masterpiece” project and Humbert & Boyet’s Hotel de Coulanges project for Architectural Digest France. Cut with gold hardware and accessories, the resulting look is both modern and retro. 

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