The new must-have is the marble dining table, with industrial accents like steel, copper and wood thrown in. It’ll give your home that bit of edge and glamour.
Marble – with its sleek, super-Instagrammable look – has made the list of top interior design trends in the last couple of years. The popularity of this natural stone has spilt over into art, fashion, graphic design and even stationery design. And it just keeps on finding a new lease of life.
Local furniture distributor Greyhammer says marble-slab dining tables – which combine the clean look of the natural stone with something more industrial and edgy, like steel or brass – have seen a spike in demand, particularly among younger home owners aged between 25 and 40.
“They feel that a touch of marble that’s of the right colour, with the right legs, will instantly give their home a more luxe, contemporary look,” says 28-year-old owner Sean Ma, adding that the company has received a 90 per cent increase in enquiries and sold close to 100 marble-slab tables over the last six months.
The most popular look comes from what’s known as Valentino White Marble Pencil – coveted for its milky colour, and aggressive yet inconsistent grain, which gives each slab a unique look, says Sean. “This marble is more exciting, it feels like it’s alive.” Home owners also prefer to combine their marble with black powder- coated steel legs, because the stark contrast elevates the look of the natural stone, adds Sean.
It’s not hard to keep marble looking good, says Sean. Marble is porous and brittle, which means that when you buy, you should always check if a high-quality water sealant has been applied. It will prevent stains from setting in. Use place mats or coasters, but if you can’t avoid spills, blot the stains immediately – especially if they’re from coﬀee or wine, because marble is way more sensitive to acidic substances. Sean advises applying a mixture of baking soda and soapy water to the stain, using a soft rag.