Marble and wood: how to match them

Marble and wood are the most valuable natural materials by definition. They might appear completely at odds, almost irreconcilable, because marble is a resistant, hard and cold material that can have many different tones, while wood is soft, flexible, warm, and with a very definite range of colours and shades. However, the latest trends in interior design see the combination of these two materials as the protagonist, with effects of exceptional elegance and modernity.

How to combine marble and wood in any room

The material that coats the floor must be the starting point when arranging the combination between wood and marble, because it’s the deciding factor in determining what colour and tone are dominant in the environment. When you start building any kind of space that mixes two very different materials, it’s crucial to ask yourself whether you want to give a distinct identity to each room or you prefer all the rooms to have the same aesthetics. In both cases, it’s important to keep in mind how to give life to combinations of colours that are appealing and eye-catching. Both marble and wood can be either light or dark-coloured, and they both have an interesting range of shades. Starting from the dominant colour, you can then decide what other colours to use in the décor of the room. It’s best to opt for three colours: that of the floor, the second one that matches it, and the third one, optional, that is in contrast. Using more than four colours isn’t ideal, as they can create excessive colour stimuli.

The perfect colour combinations

In a house with marble floors, the combinations of colours can vary basing on which marble is used. For example, if there is white marble with grey veins, it’s ideal to opt for furniture that has light shades, and dark wooden elements, such as mahogany or teak, that serve as a contrast. Conversely, if the floor is in dark-coloured marble, it’s best to choose dark wooden furniture with golden or bronze chromium plating or with finishes in light-coloured wood and stripes, such as elm and ash. Neutral tones such as white and black, along with organic colours such as brown, dove-grey or ivory are an excellent choice when the floor is in a more extravagant colour, like pink, green or beige.

The same rules apply when the house has wooden floors: you can work with the many different tones of marble, using it to decorate worktops in the bathroom or the kitchen or the details of furniture, or again, to decorate installations of slabs on the walls.

Rules for the perfect match, according to interior designers

Our homes reflect who we are, and there are no limits to all the possible creations that can be made. Interior designers, though, suggest some simple rules that can be followed to make sure each room is cosy and pleasant. It’s important to create something that we like, and take into account the sensations that a colour evokes, as well as the meaning it retains. When we décor our home we should always bear in mind how the furniture and their colours interact with light, the windows, and the space outside of the house itself.

Once the dominant colour has been chosen, interior designers suggest to go by the so-called “60-30-10 rule”: the room should be decorated for 60% in the first colour (which is why the main colour is typically a neutral shade like white, beige or ivory), for 30% by the second colour, to create movement and depth, and for 10% in the third colour, which is called “accent tone” and is used for small decorations and details to create contrast. This theory applies well to the previously mentioned palettes, when both marble and wood are used in the same room.

If you want to give life to a different environment in each room, interior designers recommend putting together the feelings different colours evoke to the function each room has. The living room and bedrooms, for instance, should be decorated in delicate and relaxing colours that encourage rest and tranquillity: classic shades such as cream, beige, white, champagne and pearl grey are the perfect choice and can be combined with colours like mauve, antique pink or lavender to create a classy, cosy and calming environment. More intense hues, on the other hand, can be used in spaces connected to food and conviviality, namely the kitchen and the dining room, where you can tinker with colours, mixing darker and lighter shades, and create bold contrasts. Once again, using both wood and marble can make room for an infinite range of creative combinations.