For hundreds of years' marble has been synonymous with opulence and luxury from the great sculptures of Michelangelo to the Taj Mahal in India. Over the last couple of years' marble has fallen back into favour and has become more widely available. Although still an expensive option it is a great investment for your home.
Better used in dry conditions like kitchens and conservatories, marble lends itself well to any room in the house and can be used in a variety of ways to create different looks. Having marble doesn't mean you must have classic heritage taste.
Pair large marble slabs with chunky wood and metal for a modern take on the material. Perfect for a dining room, accentuate the soft grey veining with muted olive greens and muddy whites. Carrara is the most luxurious of marbles with its dove white base and cool grey veining.
For a smaller space, introduce a brick marble mosaic; grout it with a coordinating grout to create a seamless elegant effect. For a more modern look opt for a dark grey grout to create a graphic feature, just make sure you use the correct sealant to protect the marble from staining.
Marble looks amazing however it's not always suited to wet conditions, unless you're prepared for a lot of upkeep. If you have a wet room then opt for a marble-effect porcelain tile like Legato, available in both a matt and polished finish it's suitable for walls and floors in wet spaces. The porcelain features distinct variation from tile to tile and will look as real as actual marble if you dry lay it first to work out the most natural looking pattern of veining.
Mimic the white pillar town houses of London with marble outside, due to the British climate it's best to opt for a marble-effect tile like Spaces Laneve. Available in a specialised exterior tile that's lightweight and easy to lay, the Spaces range expertly replicates the real material so you can easily update your entryway and carry on through the hall with the interior tile of the same range.
Marble is a great investment whether real of faux, your guests won't be able to tell the difference. Check out our Pinterest board dedicated to marble for more inspiration on how to incorporate it in your home.