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Famous Marble Buildings Translate to Modern Looks

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Once upon a time marble was only used for palaces and important places of worship. While modern technologies have made marble surprisingly affordable, none of the beauty or history of the stone is lost. Here are 3 of our favourite marble buildings, and some quirky tips for bringing their style into your home.

The Palace of Versailles

Home of French kings and queens, including Marie Antoinette, the glamour and opulence of Versailles is legendary. Marble is used inside and out, particularly for floors, wall decoration, statues and other ornamentation. Although most people recognise the pure white marble of the classical statues in the grounds, many of the bright floors that adorn the palace are marble too.

It took almost 200 years for the palace to take the shape it has today. Each king added his own wings, out buildings and extras. Naturally, the interior was revamped on numerous occasions. In each iteration though, marble played a big part.

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If you don’t have the wealth of France at your disposal, mix good quality pieces with reproductions and modern items. Go for sumptuous fabrics, like velvet and satin, in rich jewel tones. For the true Versailles lifestyle, you’ll want to change your décor regularly, so we recommend a rich, textured marble floor in a neutral shade like cream or gold, that will look elegant against any colour scheme furnishings.

The Empire State Building

The gorgeous interior of this iconic skyscraper takes many visitors by surprise. Built in the 1920s, the building retains its original Art Deco interior design in the lobby and several other areas.

Art Deco was most popular during the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s, and today gives a building a classic, elegant air. The style uses geometric designs and patterns, many inspired by nature. Patterns are typically very abstract. Traditional crafts, like stained glass and stonework, found new forms in Tiffany lamps and the beautiful marble patterning in the Empire State Building.

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Although Art Deco uses very abstract patterns, natural materials are key. This style is a great choice for a period home, as it combines sympathetic touches with comfortable modern living. Crisp, clean lines are a good choice – think of a period drawing of a Jazz-age girl, with her sleek bobbed hair and swinging skirt. Don’t be afraid to use colour. Marble tiles are a great choice for this look, as they let you create unique geometric patterns.

Taj Mahal

Built as a tomb, the Taj Mahal is now seen as one of the world’s most romantic and beautiful buildings. A testament to enduring love, it’s grandeur comes from simplicity and quality of materials. The exterior is pure white marble, with splashes of colour hidden inside.

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Ornate stonework and simple colours are the motto here. Draw inspiration from the curves and curliques of Indian architecture, and consider adding a few bazaar-bright splashes. As an example, we’d suggest a crisp white kitchen with a statement marble worktop.

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