Marble made cool: 7 ways to work it in a modern interior

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  • Celebrate this classic stone and bring it bang up to date with these stylish ideas

    1. The unexpected

    We’ve likely all dined at a marble-topped table, but a marble chair’s something else – use the classic material in unexpected places for a witty twist on this serious stone.

    2. The stylish mash-up

    It’s all about the mix of finishes in this open-plan kitchen where geometric prints and luxe marble mingle with edgy steel and industrial lighting. Add in a relaxed, earthy colour palette and you get a scheme that’s as chic as it is inviting.

    3. The deep impact

    The graphic natural patterns in this Turkish marble add a sense of movement and fluidity to the space. Incorporating cool metro tiles and black steel-framed glazing results in an eclectic, contemporary take on Art Deco.

    4. The striking contrast

    This sleek and sturdy marble-topped table is a modern design classic, but while it might blend into the background in an all-white scheme, it truly comes into its own when set against a dramatically dark backdrop.

    5. The playful twist

    Blending moulded forms, geometric design and classic marble instantly implies Greco-Roman influence, but you can easily give this timeless look a twist by playing with proportions and introducing fun elements such as this playful planter.

    6. The relaxed mix

    For a laid-back, casual look go for a mix of textures. Reclaimed wood with copper taps scream rustic chic, cleverly placed metro tiles say urban cool and marble worktops add a layer of luxe resulting in a contemporary scheme with plenty of interest.

    7. The modern minimal

    Keeping things simple lets the subtle details stand out. Two distinct ribbons run across this mirror-matched marble wall, adding symmetry and harmony to the light and airy space. The matte black fittings really pop against the pared-back backdrop.

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