Raise your game with this sophisticated stone.

Marble kitchen surfaces are hot right now. Just scroll through Pinterest, you’ll see luxe marble in pin after pin. There’s no reason to ponder why. This sophisticated stone will take a plain kitchen from bland to beautiful in an instant.

Its luxury associations and cool good looks will elevate basic kitchen units – and provide a further layer of sophistication to good quality bespoke cabinetry.

Splashbacks, worktops and even flooring are the surfaces that suit best. For design drama – and if your budget allows – an island clad entirely in marble will look sensational.

The marble-clad islands in the examples ahead have been teamed with other rich materials, such as brass, oak and painted timber. Repeat the same stone on either worktops, splashbacks, or both for cohesion.

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If that will blow your budget, choose marble for smaller areas, such as countertops or an oven splashback. The paler stones, such as Carrara or Arabescato ooze subtle sophistication, while darker hues, bring a rich vibe and beautifully break up all white cabinetry.

The choice of colours and tones is infinite, so choose one that ties your other materials together.

It’s also worth weighing up whether you prefer a polished or honed marble finish; each has its benefits and pitfalls. Polished marble has a glossy, reflective surface so will lend a luxurious look, and may not need to be sealed.

Honed marble has a matt finish, so could be used in a variety of kitchen styles from modern rustic farmhouse to urban industrial; it’s more resistant to scratches but also more susceptible to stains.

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However, if you can overlook the potential imperfections that marble may acquire, it will develop its own unique patina – and as it’s a natural material it will imbue your kitchen with character and an aliveness that manufactured materials just don’t have.

For a kitchen that’s truly on-point style-wise, you can’t go far wrong with marble.

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