The Bold Look of Slab Marble

Marble is a long-standing favorite, but there is a trend we’ve spotted as of late that takes this elegant stone to a whole new level of luxury. We are talking about large scale marble installations. This new trend is both high drama and undeniably gorgeous and is giving the classic tile backsplash a run for its money.

Full slab backsplashes, floor to ceiling walls of stone and waterfall kitchen islands are all included in this new wave of marble that combines old world charm with a very modern feel. We’ve rounded up a sprinkling of our favorite spaces that are sporting the look. Scroll through for backsplashes and countertops that are 100% bringing the drama.



Slab Marble Backsplashes


Full marble slabs that run from countertop to ceiling are replacing the traditionally tiled backsplash we are accustomed to, and it’s enough to make a marble lover’s heart explode. The look is ultra luxe while emphasizing clean, modern lines. Sneak a peek at a few examples of kitchens with this sleek design.


Gray slab marble backsplash with gold shelf brackets and pink and gray stacked dishes.

via Architectural Digest | Interior Design: Marie Flanigan | Photography: Julie Soefer


The Bold Look of Slab Marble | full slab marble kitchen backsplash | The Identite Collective

Interior Design: Design Works| Photography: Ryan Garvin


Kitchen with two wood islands with white marble counter tops and wood ceiling beams.

Interior Design: House of Jade | Cabinetry: Deco Design Photography: Travis J


White kitchen with floating white shelves, curved marble backsplash and vintage style range.

  Interior Design: Parkes and Lamb Interiors| Photography: Mary Craven



Waterfall Marble Islands


Can we talk about the absolute beauty of waterfall islands? This marble application is another kitchen detail popping up everywhere that wraps the countertop seamlessly down to the floor in a waterfall effect.


Kitchen with wall sconces, two floating shelves, dark green cabinets and waterfall marble island.

Home and Interior Design: Anna Bond | Photography: Julia Robbs



Full Marble Walls in the Bathroom


A vast expanse of stone can be show-stopping. Just ask Nate Berkus and his book-matched marble bathroom design. There’s marble, and then there is a whole wall blanketed in the good stuff. Here are a few that are guaranteed to take your breath away.

Bathroom design with two pedestal sinks, large mirrors and floor to ceiling black and white marble walls.

via Architectural DigestInterior Design: Nate Berkus | Photography: Julie Holder


White marble and gold bathroom with walk in waterfall shower.

Interior Design: CM Studio | Photography: Prue Ruscoe


Dramatic Stone Veining


While we are on the subject of dramatic marble, we can’t go without touching on stone with a pronounced grain that is adding to this high-drama feel. That deep veining incorporates a blast of pattern and contrast versus the very subtle light gray veins of classic marble. These are bold and ready to make a statement.

Black kitchenette with single open shelf, black cabinetry and intricate slab marble.

Interior Design: Handelsmann + Khaw | Photography: Felix Forest


Urban open air kitchen with black cabinetry and white slab marble.

via Architectural Digest | Interior Design: Athena Calderone| Photography: Gieves Anderson


Traditional kitchen closeup with a waterfall marble island and brass sink with mid-century light fixture.

Interior Design: Blakes London


Slab o’ Marble, Stone Wrapping, Marble on Marble – call it what you will, but the result is incredibly luxe and modern with a touch of minimalism. If you love the look, but a whole wall of marble isn’t in the cards, shop our favorite marble pieces to add a little touch of luxury to your decor.


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Erin Lepperd is an interior designer – turned digital media editor with a penchant for breathtaking interiors. When she’s not gabbing about design, you’ll find her wrangling her wild and wonderful 5-year-old twins, brunching like it’s her job and exploring the wilds of New England as a California transplant.


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  1. Delia Kaplan says:

    The full Marble Walls!!! Loved reading + swooning over this round up, I will be dreaming of marble tonight ✨

    Thanks for sharing IDCO! I always look forward to your blog posts!







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