While traditional slab marble continues to be used to adorn the most exquisite of interiors and exteriors, advanced technology has enabled designers to get creative with even more versatile versions and alternatives – that are also a little easier on the wallet.
Wherever or however you choose to celebrate the wonder of marble, there are a myriad of choices. But it’s the bathroom where you can really let this majestic material shine in all its glory.
“Marble creates a fabulous, opulent look in the bathroom and it offer lots of practical advantages too, being very dense and hardwearing,” observes Joss Thomas, founder, managing director and designer for natural flooring and wall products specialist, Indigenous. “Italian Carrara is perhaps the most well-known – and one of my personal favourites – but there are many different colours and finishes. This beautiful material can be used on floors and walls, to create vanities and bath surrounds; it’s so incredibly versatile.”
The availability of huge slabs has increased design opportunities even further, with marble being used to create seamless feature walls and stunning ‘book-matched’ surfaces with mirror image slabs.
But its maintenance does require some specific care. “Like many natural surfaces, marble is acid-sensitive and can stain, so make sure that you protect it with a suitable sealer after installation,” explains Joss. “And then choose a marble-friendly, pH-neutral cleaner to maintain the stone and protect the finish.”
Tom Laheney, Retail Manager for bathroom design company Bagnodesign, says that that while marble has proved a formidable force in interior design since the year dot, it is seeing another surge in popularity.
“Marble and marble effects are a trending look for the bathroom and a look at its characteristics makes it easy to see why. With its distinctive graining and natural look, incorporating marble into your bathroom design will give the space a very individual air, without being overbearing.
“Team a marble basin with other natural materials, such as wood, and neutral colours for a pared back finish that is really very timeless while being very ‘of the moment’.”
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