We see a lot of kitchens and bathrooms. We see a lot of marble kitchens and bathrooms. And we see a lot of marble backsplashes in those marble kitchens and bathrooms. But, just when we thought we’d seen every example out there, a clever and beautiful twist started popping up. It’s not a new idea (in fact it’s quite old), but it definitely feels fresh again. If you love marble as a material, but want a unique way to make it your own, check out these examples.
This Minneapolis kitchen, designed by Kate Roos, is so elegant with its sloping marble backsplash and integrated shelves, which looks great above the cerused wood cabinets. It feels old world, yet fresh at the same time.
Kristin Jackson, of The Hunted Interior, updated her kitchen with Martha Stewart’s line of quartz countertops (that read as marble). She also used the same material as a backsplash, complete with a custom-edge detail that feels extra special.
If the above examples are too traditional, this design from Jason Arnold Interiors, who cut the marble to accommodate the kitchen window. It’s almost the reverse effect, and a bit more simple, but still completely striking.
It works well in bathrooms too. This elegant master bathroom was designed by Brittany of the Vintage Rug Shop. The backsplash silhouette (created from a stone remnant) adds nice movement, and the crispness of the white marble looks lovely against the blue patterned wallpaper. She paid $180 for the remnant itself, plus $500 for fabrication. She says, “Fabrication is typically the most expensive part of customizing a countertop, and we chose to go with mitered straight edges which takes a lot more precision and skill when fabricating.”
If you want an even more traditional detail, give the marble a special profile, such as an ogee edge, which elegantly tapers back to the wall. This bathroom and its wall-mounted sink is from Trouvais, a blog that celebrates “French interiors, rough luxe, and flea market finds.”
We shared this hotel’s pink bathroom late last year and it’s still a favorite, due largely to the unexpected backsplash detailInstead of hinting at a Victorian past, its cloud-like or scalloped shape reads more playful and Art Deco.
Not enough marble for you? Consider a showstopper tub surround, like the one in this bathroom from Hauptli Haus. The kitchen in the lead image is from the same home.
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