Marble is the hot, cool thing in home decorating

Kathryn Weber
Tribune Content Agency

You may have had an aunt who had a Victorian table topped off with marble, so marble may strike you as an old-fashioned stone. But the truth is that marble is coming back in a big way.

After years of away from the design market, marble is suddenly appealing for its light, yet classic touch. See if marble doesn’t find its way back into your home -- not just on your aunt’s side table.


There are few stone countertops that can look as ethereal as white marble. The pale gray veins that run through the white varieties are just enough to keep it interesting yet not so busy as stone with heavier patterning.

The look of marble is a classic look that goes well in both traditional and contemporary designs. A highly polished marble backsplash behind the stove will resist stains and keep the look sleek and contemporary. Less polish and with softened edges, and marble will be at home in a traditionally styled kitchen.

A marble island can pull the backsplash or countertop marble together. For an easy backsplash, have marble cut to size and installed. Because there are no seams like there are in traditional tile, your backsplash will visually enlarge the kitchen and be easier to keep clean.

Living areas

Marble is especially at home in living areas as a fireplace surround. Clean-edged and sans mantle, marble would make a fabulously elegant accent around the fireplace. Or, give the insert around the fireplace a makeover in marble.

Whether you opt for traditional white marble or go for a unique color such as green, marble will always dress up any area where it’s placed. In the foyer, marble floors make a grand entrance to visitors.

Don’t overlook adding simple marble threshold tiles in rooms where two flooring types meet. They’re classic yet unexpected. If your carpet is beige go for a beige marble threshold to make a smooth break from one flooring type to another.

As for other parts of the house, try adding marble as wainscoting in the foyer, a powder room or bathroom. In the dining room, repurpose a tired buffet with a fresh coat of paint, new pulls and a marble top. Marble topped tables in the living room or bedroom are always elegant and classic. Replace wood niche insets with marble for a simple but beautiful touch.


This is where marble really shines. In the bathroom, the white and gray mix in marble makes the bathroom feel light and clean. Consider whole sheets of marble to cover showers or walls for an over-the-top elegant decadence and for creating a focal point in the bathroom. Or, cover your tub surround in marble for a luxurious soak. For an inexpensive but tasteful look, try trimming around doors with marble subway tiles and using marble for baseboards.


Marble is considered a soft stone, so do be careful where you use it that staining is kept to a minimum. If used on a bar, red wines could easily stain, as could a sink if you used marble here. Regular sealing will help keep stains to a minimum.