Find Your Marbles
Every so often there’s a trend that rocks and this year, stone – the natural material or clever faux effects – is chiselling its mark in the decor stakes.
It was tipped as a winner back in 2015, and has amply fulfilled its promise to bring drama, luxury and personality to rooms.
Leading designers, including Matthew Williamson,Ted Baker and Tricia Guild, have embraced the material – especially marble (whose name derives from the Greek words for ‘shining stone’), and creatively captured the magic of its richly veined patterns and subtle shades.
“Marble’s very much proving to be the ‘material of the moment’ for interior schemes. Best-known for being teamed with a rustic style over the last few years, where natural materials from wood to stone have been celebrated, it’s now most frequently used alongside minimalist design, as it’s renowned for exuding a strong sense of luxury and classicism,” says Will Cawson, design manager for sofa specialists Duresta, whoarticle image have a new bespoke furniture collection by Matthew Williamson, featuring stunning upholstery incorporating a marbled effect and the designer’s signature butterfly motif.
“While marble and pale stones such as limestone are perfectly at home in the bleached wood and neutral palette settings characteristic of Scandinavia, there’s also been a surge in the use of coloured marble,” adds Cawson. “Geometric, coloured marble originally found favour in the Fifties, and its revival is a sign of the increasing exploration of the material’s pleasing visual qualities.”
AS WARM AS STONE
Think again if you regard stone effects as cold! Lavish designs and rich colourways, from green through to dramatic black, used on wallpapers and fabrics have transformed the effect to stylishly cool rather than chilly.
Be aware, though, powerful and atmospheric shades or patterns are probably best reserved for a feature wall, with the other three walls in lighter, toning sarticle image hades, otherwise you risk overpowering a space or making it too dark.
“We’ve been inspired by two key trends for our Marbled wallpaper, chosen as our Wallpaper of the Year: the natural simplicity of marbling in stone, complemented by metallic embellishment in blushing gold hues, which makes for a glamorous, handcrafted aesthetic,” says Maryanne Cartwright, senior stylist at Graham & Brown, whose Marbled paper, in charcoal and rose gold, £20 a roll, has been created to celebrate their 70th anniversary.
” The natural, organic hues of pebble, stone and graphite ooze understated opulence and team harmoniously with either classic or contemporary accent colours, making them versatile for all tastes and rooms, and offering a cool canvas for interiors.”
GET THE LOOK: Matthew Williamson’s Duresta furniture collection, upholstered in Marble Butterfly, is available in vivid shades of jade, cranberry, raspberry, and electric blue: Margot Chair, £2,943 Palais Stooarticle image l, £1,828, Scatter Cushion, £160.
Tricia Guild’s created a Delahaye marbled collection of papers for Designers Guild, in cobalt, slate, emerald and magenta, from £59 per 10m roll. Keep an eye out for the collection launch later this year, from August onwards. If your taste leans towards monochrome, Limelace has an incredibly realistic Black Marble Wallpaper by Piet Hein Eek, £199 a roll.
STONE STARS: Complement a stone feature, or simply pay a nod to the look with appropriate accessories. Set the style, and the time, with a Menu Marble Wall Clock, available in black, white or green, £219, Black By Design.
Dinosaur Designs work with resin and explore cutting-edge design, resulting in truly impressive stone-effect items including their black marble-effect range: Medium Modern Tribal Platter, £120, and Large Pebble Vase, £240.
Small touches are effective, and Limelace has a Set of 6 Marble Cork Coasters, £9.95, while Oliver Bonas has Agaarticle image te Stone Book Ends, £60, and a Marble Look Cushion, £32 (available September).
PALE & INTERESTING
White or grey marble is a classic choice, can make a small space appear larger and is versatile, suitable for a sleek contemporary interior, or to ramp up the luxe factor in a traditional setting.
“Marble’s synonymous with opulence. However, its muted tones and sleek finish means it lends itself to a plethora of interior trends,” says Sian O’Neill, head of marketing at Topps Tiles.
“I particularly love the dramatic ‘wow’ factor of large format marble floor and wall tiles. Incorporating marbled touches, combined with all-white decor and bare wood, is an easy way to create the essential bones of the fashionable Skandi look, which is ideal for those who desire a pared-back aesthetic.
“Porcelain tiles can be a hard-wearing alternative to using natural stone, and these days, techniques ensure a marble effect is indistinguishable from the real thing. If you opt for real marble, be aware it’s porous and needs sealing with a stone-specific treatment to protect it from stains and scratches.”
Make a feature of the floor with Ted Baker’s Marble rug (76102), from £1,095, Kelaty. Or look up for inspiration and focus on lighting, often overlooked, but so important: a marble effect metal Buffalo 1 light pendant, £99.50, is one of the on-trend items in the Dar Lighting range, available from Ocean Lighting.
Marble’s a favourite for side tables, and MiaFleur has a beautiful Marble And Brass Side Table, £325. If that would carve too large a hole in the budget, you could simply show you’re up to style speed with some affordable details, such as MiaFleur’s Marbled Ceramic Cereal Bowls, currently reduced from £12.95 to £8.95 each. Just as bank balance-friendly is a Marble Effect Porcelain Vase Plant Holder Votive, from £7.95, Made With Love Designs.
STONE STARS: Mineheart Stone Heart Cushion, £71.95, Limelace Normann Copenhagen Stone Wall Hooks, £24.90 for set of two, Black By Design and a retro style Marble Phone, £65, Oliver Bonas.