Jenna Lyons urges you to avoid this material in the bathroom

The interiors guru is setting style rules in the bathroom – and she recommends following suit

Marble bathroom
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Dramatic marble is amongst Jenna Lyon’s favorite design staples – but she is far less fond of fake alternatives. 

In an Instagram live, the Soho-based designer has revealed why you should never opt for faux marble – and why the real material is the statement your bathroom needs.  

The former creative director and president of J.Crew is currently taking over the interiors industry via The Expert, where she shares her modern decorating ideas with interior enthusiasts who are searching for a renovation. You can still give your bathroom a Jenna Lyons-approved facelift without access to the platform – by following Jenna’s marble rule below.

Jenna Lyons’s bathroom marble rule 

Marble bathroom

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‘I have had a hard time with people who recommend you do not use marble - don’t listen to that. I’m over that stone replacement; I just don’t appreciate it,’ Jenna announced in a discussion for The Expert (opens in new tab).

Sharing her modern bathroom ideas with designer Jake Arnold, Jenna expressed her adoration for real, dramatic marble. 

‘For a long time, Carrara and gold was the standard. And, while I was open to doing some gold things in projects, I can tell that people want [more and more] to do something dramatic and amazing,’ Jenna says. ‘People taking risks, and it’s so fun. I am deeply appreciative and into it.’

Marble bathroom

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Faux marble is out, and dramatic marble is in, but is this statement really worth the investment? According to Barrie Cutchie, Design Director at BC Designs (opens in new tab), bold marble is set to dominate interior design trends this 2022 – and this natural material isn’t expected to fall out of fashion fast. 

Barrie explains that statement marble pays homage to the Spa Bathroom trend – one of the biggest movements of the year so far. 

‘A tried and tested trend but never more relevant than now, as people continue to want a place to escape to, where the very essence is to be able to relax and unwind in a luxurious setting… spa bathrooms offer all this,’ he says. 

Marble bathroom

(Image credit: Future / Matthew Williams)

Alongside dramatic marble, the designer recommends investing in huge soaking tubs and walk-in wet room style showers that give your room a boutique hotel feel. 

And if this bathroom trend is Jenna Lyons approved, who can surely disagree? 

Megan Slack
News Writer

Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc’s homes titles, including Livingetc and Homes & Gardens. As a News Writer, she often focuses on micro-trends, wellbeing, celebrity-focused pieces, and everything IKEA. 


Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and expansive collection of houseplants.