Oh So Marble-ous! How To Use
This Material In a Modern Space

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Charlotte Grainger
November 4, 2017

Keeping your interiors on trend can be a tiring challenge. One day things are in, the very next they are out.

Frankly, it’s hard to keep up with the whole thing, at the very best of times. Still, there are some fads that simply ooze sophistication and charm.

It may surprise you to learn that one of the biggest (and most exciting) 2017 home trends is marble interiors. This design style is one that has always quietly been in fashion, but it’s coming to the forefront of style once again.

Of course, not everyone has an endless budget to invest in an array of luscious marble pieces. Luckily, there’s a whole load of ways – both high and low end – in which you can incorporate this trend into your home. Let’s take a quick look at some of the snazziest little ideas you may not have considered just yet.


Faux Marble Wallpaper

Should it be time to redecorate your wall space, there’s one home decor 2017 style that you may want to try for yourself. Faux marble wallpaper means that you can include the fad into your home without it costing a fortune. What’s more, there are loads of different and unique styles that you can get your hands on. Here are just a few of the best ones that you may consider for yourself.


Via Murals Wallpaper


Tall rooms will benefit from a statement wall much like this one from Murals Wallpaper. The living space is overlooked by this incredible design wall hanging. What’s more, the colour tones within the piece that adorns the wall have been picked out in the furnishings too. When working with a space like this one, it may well be worth ensuring that the other walls and kept plain and simple.


Via Murals Wallpaper


Similarly, a style like this can be easily adopted in the bedroom. Remember, you don’t need to go overboard with this one. A subtle blue tone like this from Murals Wallpaper should be enough to turn heads. Rather than using too many colours in this piece, it’s safest and perhaps best to go with just one and a soft white aesthetic. Be sure to keep the furnishings as minimal as possible so they don’t draw attention away from the look.


Via Murals Wallpaper


In the dining room, it’s easy to get swept away and attempt too many different styles or looks. That’s the very last thing you want to do. Why not keep things thoroughly simple instead? One of the best ways to do so is to make sure that you use just one material in the furnishing look, like this example from Murals Wallpaper. So, if you plan to have a striking marble-esque wall, using a cool, light wood could be the answer.



The Marble and Gold Combo

We’ve seen the marble and brass combo time and time again. So, what about something a little different? Pairing this look with some golden accessories is one of the most wonderful 2017 home trends so far. Of course, you don’t need to include too many elements to make sure that this works. The cardinal rule here is that you keep things simple, subtle and, as always, classy.


Via Decor Dove


Should you create an entire marble (or marble effect) surface, you need to be careful about the accessories that you use. Anything too busy will look cluttered and messy thanks to the intricacy of the marble look. So, you should go with a plain, yet strong statement. For example, using some gold lighting pieces as well as picking out a few features in the tone, is an intriguing and clever way to go, as you can see here from Decor Dove.


Via Apartment Therapy


Having a plain, white space as the blank canvas of your room is a smart move here, like this one from Apartment Therapy. If you opt for an understated marble surface, it’s only right that you include some gold features too. While the lighting pieces don’t take centre stage here by any stretch of the imagination, they do add a certain playful dynamic to the look. It’s well worth playing around with these features to see what works.


Via Studio M


Stepping away from the marble surface or countertop look, let’s take a quick look at another way to use this material. A serious home decor 2017 style, which we will likely see time and time again, is the marble alcove. This type of feature can be tricky. However, as with all marble interiors, the key is using plain colours and a few highlights (this time, in gold!) to complete, done perfectly here by Studio M.



Chic Bathroom Interiors

Of course, there’s one area of the home where marble interiors were traditionally used. There’s no good reason that you can’t kit your bathroom out with some of these stylish features. Needless to say, this type of look is on the higher end of the budget, but the effect is breathtaking. From cultured marble shower walls to chic flooring, there’s just so much you can do here.


Via Pinterest


You will never go wrong with a simple black and white bathroom aesthetic. This look does not need to be overplayed in a contemporary home, but when used in moderation, it can be a fabulous one. What’s more, when it comes to marble, you need to ensure that you don’t go overboard with the colour palette. And so, a style like this one will just look ideal. A sprinkling of green – in the form of a cute house plant – completes the room effortlessly.


Via Studio 103


For a slightly more feminine vibe, it may be worth going with lighter cultured marble shower walls. Here, you can mix both the bronze and gold look into one neat little package. The idea is that all of these softer tones mix together and work as one complete look. You can experiment as much as you want here until you get something truly special, like this from Studio 103.


Via We Heart It


The black and white trend can be used subtly as well. You can use black features to frame various parts of the room to great effect, like this example from We Heart It. The cultured marble shower walls look incredible with some smart black rims around the edge of them. Keeping marble interiors light and airy, with a little use of a large window space, makes all the difference.


The Statement Dining Table

Moving into the dining area, full-on marble interiors may be a little over the top. Still, there’s an easy way to pay homage to this trend in this space in the best possible way. A large, statement dining table will attract a load of attention and look just glorious. This needs to be the main focus of the room with everything else taking a backseat. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.


Via Dezeen


Keeping things minimal in the dining area means that you’re free to really go to town with the table. This large, impactful table from Dezeen makes a statement the minute you walk into the room. Using marble in this way may seem like a major risk, but it pays off. Just be sure to leave some empty space around the statement piece to allow it to really stand out.


Via Archiproducts


While the idea of painting a charcoal wall may be enough to send you running for the hills, there’s no reason that it can’t be a stroke of interior design genius. It’s all about contrasting this deep, dark tone with something a little paler. The marble table here from Archiproducts breaks up the look and adds a little light relief.


Via Life.Style.etc


And now, for something completely different. The plain and bright home decor 2017 look is going nowhere fast, and so now may be a good time to try it for yourself. Keeping everything in the same tone may seem like a leap, but it can work wonderfully if you curate it well enough. Little splashes of colour like the plant here from Life.Style.etc can add as much colour as is needed.



Marble Feature Islands

Marble surfaces are nothing particularly new, but why not take things to the next level? It’s one thing to have a surface, but it’s quite another to go above and beyond with this look. One of the best things in marble interiors has to be the freestanding island bar. These pieces can be a major statement piece and they look charming in most any space.


Via My House Idea


Choosing a white-grey marble unit for this trend is certainly a good idea. For one thing, it means that the island doesn’t take up too much space, but does look appealing all the same. The latest home decor 2017 trend is to mix the elements, such as brickwork and wood into a theme like this one. As you can see from My House Idea, the entire room comes together brilliantly.


Via Adorable Homes


Should you want to change things up a little here, you could always use some chic black paint in the alcove area of the room like this example from Adorable Homes. This extra level means that you add some depth and definition to the space in an instant. The use of gold, within the seats, and the larger plain light fixture, means that the look is varied and beautiful.


Via The Little Design Corner


Open-plan living is huge at the moment, and you can see why in this example from The Little Design Corner. This unique style of home means gives the illusion of oodles of space while looking modern and contemporary too. That means that it’s the ideal space for an island bar that draws the eye. After all, it really pays to remember that a large marble unit demands a lot of space.



Smaller Coffee Tables

Let’s take a quick look at a way in which you can use the marble home decor 2017 trend, without it becoming overbearing. Including a small and simplistic coffee table is a minor deal, and can really bring your home into the modern world. Remember, you can add a furnishing like this one to any room and it will work. If you have space in your home for something like this, it’s a superb little addition.


Via SimpleJoy Studio


Much of the time, marble tables tend to have a metallic element to them. However, if you want something a little more natural, there’s always this option instead shown by SimpleJoy Studio. Light marble with some pale wooden legs is an understated look. Within a bold and bright space, this is the type of piece that can really hold its own. Be sure to play around with various materials in the rest of the room too.


Via Ingvild Bottenvik


A cluster of coffee tables can work just as well, so long as they don’t look too dominating as you can see from Ingvild Bottenvik. You will need to judge each space on a room-by-room basis here. Bright, white units tend to be minimal hassle and look fresh and clean, all at once. It’s that simple. Don’t clutter them with extra trinkets — just keep them neat and tidy.



Via Pinterest


Finally, if you’re willing to try the grey and white look for yourself, here’s one way that you can make it work. Little white marble features, such as the coffee table here, is the way to go. You can pick out pieces in the room in the very same tone. That way, it appears that the space is carefully curated, rather than merely thrown together.


Charlotte Grainger

Charlotte Grainger

Charlotte is a freelance writer living in Sheffield, UK. Her interests include gender issues, kittens and the Gilmore Girls. In her spare time, she also writes poetry and drinks copious amounts of red wine and coffee.