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

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

marble topped table with marble chair

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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.

kitchen with geometric prints and marble counter

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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.

graphic natural pattern with turkish marble and black steel framed

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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.

marble dining table with navy wall and wall frame

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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.

marble table with geometric design and rug

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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.

metro tiles with retro furniture and drawers

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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.

bathroom with marble wall and black shower

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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.


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.