Unexpected Subtlety: Marble Table Tops

Unexpected Subtlety: Marble Table Tops

Susie Nadler
Aug 18, 2009

We don't naturally gravitate to marble, since its effect can often be so dramatic, even over-the-top. But lately we've been seeing some gorgeously subtle examples of marble used as a dining table top, and we have to wonder whether we haven't sold this lovely look short in the past...

A simple, subtly veined marble slab can be beautiful for an extra-long dining table, especially in a room where whites and grays dominate, with pops of color. Marble is a gorgeous choice, among many, for the top of the ever-popular Saarinen tulip table as well. And we love it in contrast with a dark wood pedestal.

Marble surfaces in high-use areas can pose problems; they can be difficult to clean, and marble scratches easily. But for a dining table, we actually like the idea of a marble slab that wears down over time.

What do you think? Is this a look you can get next to?

(Images: Bloesem/Decor8; Tria Giovan for Coastal Living; Coastal Living; Domino/Two Tall Girls; Design Flute)

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