When you hear the word “marble” you don’t immediately think “affordable.” It’s imported, it’s a real material, it’s heavy, it’s one-of-a-kind. But if you still love the look of marble and want to try decorating with it without spending a lot, you’re in luck. Here are some top marble-inspired projects to buy or DIY.
Faux marble contact paper
You can find marbleized contact paper in your local home improvement store, sometimes in a variety of colors. Try covering an MDF table top or shelf with this sticky paper. It won’t feel like marble, and may appear a bit shiny compared to marble, so use this on something that is small or a bit out of direct eye level.
Marble printed laminate
Laminate has come a long way since the 70’s and now you can find some fairly realistic digital images of marble printed on affordable laminate. This is a great project when you need to resurface your kitchen island or countertops, or even in the bathroom. Laminate is easy to find and purchase by the square foot.
Ask your salesperson to show you images of what you can expect the counter to look like afterward – real marble has uneven veining, laminate may not.
Marble printed tile
Inexpensive tile, for flooring, the bathroom, or countertops, can be found with printed designs that mimic the look of wood grain or real stone, like marble. The advantage is in the cost as well as the installation. Additionally this faux marble tile may be found in thin versions, which can be important for some home projects.
Other stones that looks like marble
Although an expert can spot real marble a mile away, some other less expensive types of stone can mimic the white, veined look of marble. Limestone or quartz can sometimes have a marble-esque look, and you can find it on coffee tables, tile or dining tables. When shopping for furniture with a stone top, ask the manufacturer to let you know what exactly it’s made of. This will help you know how to maintain it over time.
Digital printing has allowed manufacturers to print fabric in a huge array of realistic designs, like marble. You can look online for wholesale or fabric sold by the yard, or try shopping for already made objects. You can find marbled pillows online for $70.
Like contact paper, you can find some great wallpaper designs printed in a marble pattern. This material would be great for hallways, bedrooms, bathrooms or entryways. Right now you can find some great wallpaper patterns at West Elm as well as wall decals from Walmart.
There are plenty of marble accessories, both real and faux, to be found out there. You can use marble coasters in the living room, marble trays in the bathroom or kitchen, marble wall decor in the entrance, and marble based lamps in the bedroom. You can look for seasonal sales or try some discounted online resources. Even faux marble can be heavy so before you hit “buy” make sure you aren’t getting charged extra for shipping.
What is marble anyway?
Marble is a natural material made from recrystalized carbonite materials. It’s a material that is easy to shape and transform, and for centuries it has been prized by sculptures and architects. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to see marble sculptures by the like of great artists like Bernini or Michaelangelo, you know that marble can be transformed into something almost life-like. Marble is durable, and has been found on the exterior and interior of famous buildings like the Taj Mahal.
We tend to see marble in slabs, as that’s often how it’s shipped to stone suppliers to be used in bathrooms, kitchens, or other areas of the home. Although the above trends tend to favor the white marble with grey veining, like Carrara marble, real marble can also be found in a wide range of colors like black, pink, grey, green or red.