Bring Back the Stone Age: How To Take the Marble Trend to the Next Level

published Apr 19, 2017
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Calico Wallpaper, via their Instagram (Image credit: Calico Wallpaper)

One of the hottest new trends in the world of wallcoverings is marble-print wallpaper. These swirly, fantastical papers range from more abstract, marbleized patterns to ones that are almost indistinguishable from actual stone. Whichever side of the spectrum you fall on, marble wallpaper is a great way to bring a touch of luxury — and a little scope for the imagination — to your home. Here are some of our favorite patterns.

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(Image credit: Murals Wallpaper)
(Image credit: Murals Wallpaper)
(Image credit: Murals Wallpaper)

Murals Wallpaper offers a huge selection of marble wallpaper — 27 different patterns, three of which are pictured above. Their wallpapers come in black marble and pink marble and more abstracted marbleized patterns — pretty much any pattern you can imagine. These are murals, and not traditional rolled wallpaper: you specify the dimensions, and the paper will be printed to match the size of your wall.

  • Type: Paste to wall
  • Washable: Wipe clean
  • Price: Starting at $29.17/square meter
  • Samples: Available upon request
(Image credit: Clever Spaces)

This delicately veined gray-and-white pattern, resembling Carrara, would be lovely in a minimal space.

  • Type: Paste to wall
  • Washable: N/A
  • Price: $115 for a 21″ x 33′ roll
  • Samples: $5
(Image credit: Area Environments)

Area Environments makes three different blue-and-gold marbleized papers: Dispersing (pictured above), Moments and Seeing from a Distance. Each is more swirly and fantastical than the last, perfect for making a really, really big statement. (That’s Dispersing in the office pictured up top.) These are also murals, printed to match the size of your wall.

  • Type: Paste to wall. Also available in linen and canvas substrates.
  • Washable: N/A
  • Price: Varies depending on the size of the mural
  • Samples: 8″ x 10″ samples for $3, 16″ x 24″ samples for $15
(Image credit: Calico Wallpaper)

The folks at Brooklyn-based Calico Wallpaper were way out ahead of the trend towards marble wallpaper, and their designs are still some of my favorites. Their original collection includes the marbleized paper pictured above, and their Inverted Spaces collection, featured in a couple of the rooms in the slideshow up top, has swirly, gold-and-silver touched patterns that resemble stone but also conjure up images of the heavens. These are also murals, available in custom sizes.

  • Type: Paste to wall
  • Washable: N/A
  • Price: $32/square foot
  • Samples: 8″ x 10″ samples for $10
(Image credit: Livettes)

I like the almost scribbly effect of this marble-look wallpaper — plus it’s available as a removable paper, which is perfect for renters, or just those hesitant to commit.

  • Type: Self-adhesive (removable) or paste to wall (traditional)
  • Washable: Yes
  • Price: Starting at $36 for a 19″ x 48″ piece
  • Samples: Starting at $7