From kitchenware to homeware, fashion to furniture, marble carries a timeless aesthetic that we can incorporate in any aspect of our lives. DECO talks marble in the home…
When Eclectic Trends‘ Gudy Herder visited the Salone del Mobile four years ago, she saw the trend seeping through. Now marble is once again, more so than ever, gracefully finding its place on the design scene. Where marble used to style catwalks, it is now widely seen on the street style scene in an array of products from fashion to graphics to art. Gudy continues to comment on the elegance it reflects down to the smallest detail.
“The main reason, probably, is that marble is considered as easy to combine, even very chic. I think it was very smart to come up with smaller designs and even adopt the print in so many ways”
– Gudy Herder
“This natural stone is synonymous with being a material of the antiquated and wealthy, adorning luxurious homes and ancient spaces. However, this recent comeback has seen marvelous marble on the hit list of trendy industrial design enthusiasts and has found a new place in modern design”
– Stuart Graham Style Blog
“It is used for its beauty in architecture and sculpture. It is used for its chemical properties in pharmaceuticals and agriculture”
One thing you need to understand is that marble will wear and tear over time, depending on your lifestyle and how you keep it clean. Some substances can stain a surface over time – red wine, berries, acidy liquid or any other matter with similar characteristics, can indeed make their mark. The key is to look after your countertops and objects made of stone. Houzz shares 3 tips on maintaining marble at home:
Marble maintenance tip 1:
Have your marble sealed – A sealer won’t protect your marble completely, but it will buy you some time if you’ve left an acidic substance on your surface that wasn’t wiped up right away.
You can find marble effects in stationery, art, food styling and graphic design, among other fields.
– Ecelctic Trends
Marble maintenance tip 2:
Spot-treat your marble – Many home improvement and tile companies sell a spray cleaner that is also a sealant. You can use this cleaner periodically in high-use areas as a spot treatment. A bathroom sheathed in gorgeous marble could benefit from spot treatments around the bath faucets, tub entry and commode.
Marble maintenance tip 3:
Consider polished vs. honed – A polished marble is a little more resistant to staining, whereas a honed surface is a bit more absorbent. Many people choose a polished marble countertop for that reason.
“As a result, it’s become more affordable, with most of the new “marble” accessories being made from alternative materials, which means it’s no longer reserved for the jet set. Modern marble is no longer made of stone, and we’re loving how accessible it’s become.”
– Stuart Graham Style Blog
Catch up on our latest CERAMIC TRENDS: HOW TO SHOP AND SAVE for the ultimate buy!
Inspired by minimalistic design, nature and the writings of Oscar Wilde and F. Scott Fitzgerald, ELLE Deco editorial intern, Franke pursues the world through languages and photography. Apart from content creating, assisting in sourcing and styling, she has a love for traveling to new places with new faces.
Our Ideas Issue is on shelf now and packed with achievable ideas and solutions for updating your home, it’s a keeper! We give you the freshest advice and inspiration for updating your kitchen, making breakfast for champions, and round up the sexiest fabrics for 2016. Pick up your copy today and tell us what you think on Twitter @Elle_Deco, sharing your #IdeasIssue #DecoSelfie