Marble is one of those materials that will never go out of style. No matter its softness and porosity, this natural material is simply stunning, and we can’t get enough of it. The possibilities with marble are endless; bathroom vanities, kitchen countertops, outdoor accents… No matter the choice, we’re totally on board with it.
However, it is a common occurrence that we have some marble left over at the end of a project. Considering the cost of it, and the fact that sustainability should be considered in all steps during the design process, giving it a second life is a near imperative for the designer.
To make your life easier, and your wallet’s, we’ve compiled the best ways you can use your leftover marble in your next design. And, in case you’re still in the sourcing process, we’ve also noted down our favourite marble products. If you have any ideas we haven’t mentioned, send us an email – we’d love to hear from you!
01. A bench top for kings
A classic for a reason, marble bench tops or counter tops are statement pieces that command a room. If you have any left over, this is a wonderful choice. For this type of feature, we’re fans of a light, monochrome look.
02. Coffee o’clock with marble on the side
For those who love their morning or afternoon coffee, we have news for you: marble pairs with it fantastically. Because the leftover marble is only used for the top of the table, the bottom legs and structure can be tailored to your needs. You can opt for a floating table effect, a three legged asymmetrical option, or even a simple wooden frame – the choice is yours! With autumn coming up, we’re specially enchanted by dark marble for this option.
03. Martini trays, charcuterie boards; with a glamorous twist
Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok, you name it: marble boards are it. Easy to clean, stylish and wonderful for hosting, we’re obsessed with marble boards. Because the focus with these trays is generally to show off the food or drinks you’ve crafted at home, we suggest opting for a light marble if possible.
04. A splash back like no other
For a low effort, contemporary look, you can use a marble slab behind the wash basin to give the area a little something extra. If you have the means – and a local artist or stonemason to help you out – you can cut up the marble in smaller pieces for a tiled or mosaic look.
05. Artistic endeavours for classic solutions
If you have enough marble leftover, and importantly, with enough thickness to it, you can collaborate with a sculptor and create a bespoke art piece that speaks to you. We’re drawing inspiration from the Greeks and Romans here because, why not? They continue to be architecture icons after all! If you do decide to go for this option, make sure you collaborate with a local artist and support your local scene.
06. Olympus’ library
To many, books are interior design elements in of themselves. And we have to concur. Books are a fantastic way to edify one’s mind, and also to showcase one’s interests and likes to guests and oneself. However, it does seem like there’s one way to elevate them even further… Holding them in marble bookshelves!
07. Storage for the sophisticated
If you have enough slabs, marble boxes or storage spaces can be a great option. They are practical, sturdy, and much more stylish than your usual plastic cubes.