Of course you’re familiar with white marble tiles with decorative grey veins running through them. They’re everywhere. However, 2020 appears to be changing that. This year will be the year of unusual marble slabs.
As Wikipedia states:
The word “marble” derives from the Ancient Greek μάρμαρον (mármaron), from μάρμαρος (mármaros), “crystalline rock, shining stone”, perhaps from the verb μαρμαίρω (marmaírō), “to flash, sparkle, gleam.
This year, the tide is turning on marble tiles as interior designers are turning their heads to unusual marble tiles – tiles that bring something a little different into our homes.
The surge in unconventional marble tiles offers more opportunity for homeowners like you and me to inject personality into our home’s design.
Interior designer’s using off-kilter marbles
Unconventional marble tiles are already a key element in the work of many designers, but 2020’s bringing that trend to the forefront.
London-based architecture and interior design firm Originate Architects are sought-after for their ultra-modern designs. These guys embrace and set trends, and they’re not shy of the unconventional. Originate are especially careful with how they use light in their designs, and they use reflective materials in a very specific way. One of the materials they opt for in many projects is marble, and they often use tiles with dramatic, rare finishes to create spaces that err on bespoke.
Louise Bradley, who’s also based in London, is another interior designer who embraces marble at every chance she gets. Louise’s designs are more timeless than Originate Architects, although still contemporary. She transforms many penthouse apartments, often using large-format marble in the bathroom to create a striking, built-in vanity, or as the backdrop to a spacious shower area.
Where to begin with marble slabs
Before you even start thinking about what type of marble you’d like in your bathroom, you need to decide on how it’s going to feature.
Many designers choose to use marble as a feature. They reserve it for a sunken bathtub, wet room, or sink surround. On the contrary, some other designers adore their extravagance and use it everywhere.
We think there’s a middle-ground to be had when using marble, especially if you’re selecting striking patterns that are out of the ordinary.
The brilliant thing about marble is its seamlessness. You can use it on your floor and walls and you’ll barely notice where one starts and the other begins. To take advantage of this, consider using marble for your floor and your wet room, or your walls and your vanity area.
Choosing your marble slabs
Time to explore the different types of marble that hit the mark when it comes to unconventional design.
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Every slab of marble differs from the other, but some have more consistent patination than others, like our Calacatta marble tiles. If you want something a little different that will add interest to your bathroom, our Carrara Gioia Venatino honed marble is a brilliant choice.
It gets dark, granite-grey veins sporadically against a white backdrop, which creates a finish that nods to a painting by Pollock.
We wouldn’t normally suggest marble for those looking to inject color into a property. But it’s not every day you come across our Fossil Brown marble. This green and brown marble boasts flecks of white and black, which are not only striking but also lean into the stone’s natural qualities: what you’re seeing is the build-up of rock over millions of years, and the finish is just beautiful.
The finish on this marble sits somewhere between an animal print and a volcanic landscape. A black backdrop is decorated with white veins and flecks and abstract puddles of copper-red in our Nero Africano marble. If you want to add drama to your design, look no further.
Speaking of animal print… If you want to hit closer to what you know with a striking marble that is still off-kilter yet also neutral in the finish, our African Zebrino marble is ideal. The soft lines that run through this marble nod to zebra print, although it’s also reminiscent of ocean-side clifftops. Whether you have a coastal villa or a penthouse apartment, there’s no doubt it will fit in.
A Note From Marble Systems Design Team:
The bathroom is your personal space – more so than other areas of your home. This makes it the perfect place to get creative with your design. Even if the rest of your home is a medley of neutral, sandy hues, don’t hesitate to create a striking, all-black marble bathroom. After all, your bathroom should be a retreat, where you can lie back and escape for an hour or two. Make it so.
Transform your home this year with unusual marbles. Discover our full marble slab collection.