Throughout the ages, marble has been the material of choice for the world’s elite. From the Parthenon to the Taj Mahal and of course London’s Marble Arch, many of the world’s most impressive monuments have been forged from this ancient rock.
Traditionally associated with luxury and decadence, today marble is shaking off its classic and ostentatious mantle (excuse the pun) and is increasingly becoming a favourite amongst contemporary designers. Today, designers are combining marble and other stones like, onyx and granite with other natural materials such as wood, leather, copper and steel to make these traditional materials feel fresh and totally current.
In our modern copy and paste world, design lovers are finding a beauty in imperfections and an appreciation of the natural elements. Heavily veined stones that were once considered fussy and busy are now sought after for texture and vitality. Imperfections, once shunned are being embraced for their natural originality.
Today, marble, onyx and luxurious granites are no longer confined to kitchens, bathrooms. They are appearing in a multitude of guises for use in every room of the home from feature walls to accent furniture, accessories and even decorative lighting. As the penchant for clean, homogenous lines diminishes interior designers are creating homes full of colour, life and personality and richly patterned stones are becoming a staple design tool.
And the good news is that you will find that stone does not necessarily have to be …. Well, set in stone! Some of the most beautifully marbelicious finishes are faux.
Don’t you just love this delightfully decadent powder room-in rich green with metallic highlights. The wallpaper oozes an even greater sense of luxe than the real thing ….and far cheaper too!
Indeed faux stone-inspired finishes are invading every aspect of our lives, reminding us that it is our imperfections and idiosyncrasies that make us unique and give us character and this designer, for one believes this is something that should be celebrated.