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Why We Love Marble in Outdoor Areas


I wish that my house was made entirely from marble. Seriously. Sweeping marble interiors. Pristine marble exteriors surrounded by lush, green garden. I imagine myself floating through my home and surrounds in a long flowing dress, a green tea cocktail in one hand, a glint in my eye, out to friends for my impromptu garden party. Of course, I’ve themed it – we have cucumber sandwiches on hand, and my friends are all dressed in gorgeous pastels. The water feature splashes softly in the background as soft jazz is piped through to my outdoor speakers and a friend of mine bounces her perfectly behaved 2- year old on her knee, who is all smiles and we all cool over.

Unfortunately, I don’t quite have the funds to make this particular dream happen yet – yet! A girl can certainly dream. And this is true too since I was a little girl I’ve always been captivated by the lure of marble. Perhaps it was because when I was growing up the kids with the most amazing houses always had plenty of marble involved. Perhaps it’s because I’ve travelled extensively and seen amazing architecture around the world that heavily incorporates the use of marble. It’s probably both of these things and a whole lot more.

Even though many people are drawn to marble in home interiors, I think that it makes just as much, if not more, of a statement when used in outdoor areas.

Recently a friend of mine had a new outdoor kitchen installed. This outdoor kitchen is absolutely gorgeous and must have cost a bomb. Picture it: extensive and multiple benchtops, a top of the range, inbuilt barbeque, full outdoor fridge, plumbed sinks, and all the storage in the world, complete with a large outdoor table, all in an open but undercover structure with gorgeous high ceilings and fans. And it’s all done in marble. It’s total perfection, and I would be a little jealous if I weren’t such good friends with her!

One of the marble looks that I really love is those sweeping stairways that move into the entertaining area. Marble is a great look here so long as it’s not the slippery sort – slipping on stairs is dangerous enough, but marble is so hard that it can really cause a lot of damage.

Or how about an outdoor marble bath? I can just picture myself among the ferns surrounding the path, surrounded by bubbles – or maybe even petals? – indulging in a super soak to ease my weary body.

My imagination certainly knows no bounds when it comes to marble tiles options. I definitely have a Pinterest board dedicated to just marble ideas for my dream home – when I eventually build it of course! I know I said a girl can dream but I really believe that I’ll be able to achieve at least a little of the dream, and making sure that I have a record of what I like for when that time comes is – what I feel – a really important task.

I know for a fact that there are plenty of others out there that feel the same way I do, who love the use of marble in outdoor spaces (and hey, indoor spaces too, who are we kidding?). Luckily the cost of marble isn’t as high as it used to be and when I finally build my own home, I’m going to be able to deck it out just how I want it. It makes me happy to know that eventually I’ll have that awesome garden party within reach, and in the meantime, I’ll just keep pining.