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Marble Kitchens & Bathrooms- The Best of by Vogue Magazine

Marble Kitchens & Bathrooms

Leaders of the fashion world, Vogue Magazine, pays homage to a mutually-loved material – marble. Here is a selection of their favourite marble kitchens and bathrooms.


This is living proof that marble adds an immediate luxe touch to any home.

Here at Vogue Living, we’re lucky to see a lot of amazing and incredibly inspiring homes. And while every home holds its own uniqueness, after a while you’ll notice a few elements that all beautiful homes share. Sure, an eye for great furniture design and chic colour combinations helps, but there are other more, shall we say, material matters that make up a VL-worthy home.

We’re talking, of course, about marble. Based on the sheer prevalence of marble in many of the homes we shoot or feature in VL, we have well and truly noted the unmistakable appeal of this luxurious looking finish. While its cool aesthetic and tactile appeal is obvious to any eye, we love the way you can use various colours to accent your home – most commonly in places like the kitchen and bathroom. Seen on bench tops, splashbacks and kitchen tables, the beauty of marble means you can use it in myriad ways to create a sense of decadence and luxury to your home kitchen.

So, in honour of our enduring love for the most opulent, yet hard wearing of materials, we give you 15 of our favourite marble kitchens.


House tour: a light-filled Sydney harbourside home

“The use of marble and handmade tiles complement brass, so the overall feeling is of natural, timeless materials.”

 

 

House tour: inside a fashion blogger’s beachside home

“Timber stools mismatch with the light timber flooring and subtly contrast against the marble kitchen island.”

Beachside apartment, Sydney. Photographer: Felix Forest | Stylist: Decus Interiors

Inside Claudia Schiffer’s English mansion

Shop this look at VSG. We suggest Damasca.

House tour: a spacious and modern bayside Melbourne home

“Additionally, use of oak timber boards, natural stone (honed Carrara marble), textured carpets and subdued tones encourage a sense of warmth and ambience throughout the family home.”

“The open-plan living space features custom-designed marble fireplaces, black steel windows and cement rendered walls.” 

Shop this look at VSG with our Carrara range.

House tour: the Surry Hills apartment redefining small space decorating

Shop this look at VSG with Arasbecato Corchia.

House tour: an Art Deco-inspired beachside home in Sydney’s Coogee

Shop this look at VSG with Arasbecato Don.

Shop this look at VSG with Negresco.

Read Vogue Living‘s full article on the stunning usage of marble kitchens and homes here.


 

Marble & 5 Facts Nobody Will Tell You

Marble gets a bad reputation these days. People are shying away, choosing manmade stone, quartzites or granites. While this is all well and good (and often recommended!), it is important to remember that marble has long been the leading stone when it comes to durability and beauty. Varieties of marbles have been used for eternity and well and truly stood up to the test of time. Natural stone is not a perfect product, but the options are pretty damn good!

It is considered a soft stone when compared to other natural stone surfaces. It is completely natural and is made up mostly of calcite. Calcite is considered soft, so it will etch and dull with exposure to acids. It can also scratch. However, in saying this, marble receives a 3-4 on Moh’s Scale of Hardness. This is actually average hardness. By no means is marble weak. It’s counterparts, granite and quartzite are ranked at 6-8.

It is important to remember that marble is an extremely good benchtop and building material. When treated right, your benchtop, vanity, floor or table will last many lifetimes and stay looking great! In fact, many people find the beauty of marble lays in the way it ages, giving eternal character.

Many think the only redeeming factor of marble is its look, that it’s simply irreplaceable. While it’s true you can achieve the look with alternative stones, why not dive right in and go for the real thing?

  1. It is extremely durable.

    There is a reason why statues and buildings built thousands of years ago still stand today. There are actually marbles that are very hard, found in Asia. The softer stones are the European ones.  Many famous sites are made entirely of the stuff and have stood for centuries.

     

    The Pantheon, Rome, 126 AD

    Michelangelo’s the State Of David, 1504

    Taj Mahal, 1658

  2. It does not hold nor conduct heat.

    The stone is heat resistant, naturally of course. It has been used to cool down interior spaces, especially in hot climates. This is one of the reasons a marble bath that is not heated is maybe not the best idea (unless you like cold baths!)

  3. Marbles are available in a range of colours.

    Carrara and Greek marbles are the most famous. Many think the stone only exists in white and grey, like the famous Calacatta or Statuario. Marbles actually are found all over the world and can be red, green, pink, brown, yellow or combinations of all of the above. Many of the coloured marbles are much, much harder than the typical stone found in Carrara,

  4. Slabs are not as expensive as you might think.

    The price of the stone is actually extremely variable and is determined by the quarries. The famous Italian stones can range from $100 – $3000 per m2.

  5. Etching gives your stone character!

    We just love the idea that etching and stains give your marble character! The European attitude is that you shouldn’t seal your marble, so it can soak up the excitement of life. Stains and etchings are signs of a well-loved benchtop and of good times!

 

Inside view of Blue Marble Caves in Chile

A Blue Marble Must ‘Sea’!

With coloured stone on trend, and on our minds, we were in absolute awe coming across this natural stone beauty. Blue marble with hints of green, border these stunning caves in Chile.

The next place to add to your bucket list: Patagonia, Chile. In a freshwater glacier lake called General Carrera Lake stands a peninsula of marble caves called Capillas de Mármol. The natural wonder has multiple names, including the Marble Cathedral and Cuevas de Mármol, but visitors can agree that the magnificent site is worth the trip.
Blue Marble Caves Chile
The carving of the caves is a result of glacier movements millions of years ago. Reflecting the icy blue waters of the lake that’s shared by Argentina and Chile, the solid marble caves look almost unreal because of their swirling colours. The intensity of the walls change by water level and depending on the time of year.

Blue Marble Caves ChileThe journey to get to these caves isn’t the easiest, however. After flying into Santiago, Chile, an additional 1,287-km flight to Coyhaique and 321-km drive on rough roads are required. You’ll then need to take a ferry to the actual site. There are several combinations of transport you can take to arrive at the destination, including tours that can guide you the whole way. Regardless of how long the trek is, you’ll want to go through all that travel after seeing the photos ahead.

See the full article here

Check another blog post of ours here discussing the resurgence of green and blue marble. In this article, it was predicted at Milan’s Furniture Fair 2018 that coloured marble will be making a big come back.