Timeless, beautiful and oh so elegant, marble-inspired surfaces add an air of luxury to the kitchen. With greater durability and ease of maintenance than the real thing, marble-effect quartz is the ideal way to introduce this popular look into your home.

Much of the popularity of the marble look can be attributed to the sheer versatility of the material – something that is accentuated even further when opting for marble-inspired quartz. The mix of colours, tones and veining add depth and drama to any modern space, while blending seamlessly into a traditionally styled interior too.

Just as with real marble, there is a wide choice of marble-effect quartz surfaces. Choose from the classic look of Calacatta with its bold pattern set against a crisp white background, to the sophisticated Staccato with its white veining contrasting with the dramatic black backdrop.

Here are four ways to get behind the trend and introduce the luxe look of marble into your kitchen.

1 Make it a centrepiece
Nothing shouts classic marble design louder than a bookmatched kitchen island unit. Create an eye-catching focal point with a bold pattern, like that seen on Calacatta Quartz. Teamed with softer patterning and neutral shades elsewhere this will add a sense of drama to the kitchen, particularly so if the space is open-plan.

CRL Quartz Calacatta
CRL Quartz Siena Honed

2 Add drama with darker surfaces
Darker marble-inspired surfaces, such as Siena Honed can add a sense of boldness to a kitchen. Just as with its lighter counterparts, a dark marble-effect worktop is a versatile option that can be combined with a wide range of materials and finishes. Team with brushed brass or gold brassware for a touch of glamour or add a dark worktop to white furniture for instant visual contrast. Or for something really different, team dark marble with dark cabinetry for an intimate look that is great for larger kitchens that are used for entertaining, adding cosy restaurant or chilled out wine bar vibes.

3 Create a two-tone effect
Nothing combines better with the natural look of marble than other nature-inspired materials. Add warmth, texture and a real sense of uniqueness by combining a marble-look worktop with materials like wood for brilliant contrast without being overbearing. Mixing marble with metallics is another powerful way of elevating the kitchen’s design. Think cabinet handles and knobs in brass or copper to enhance that timeless luxe look.

CRL Quartz Messina
CRL Quartz Calacatta Dorado

4 Introduce marble veining as a splashback
For a subtle intro to this oh-so-popular look, add a marble-effect surface like Messina as a splashback behind the cooktop or sink. CRL Quartz is the ideal material for this, as it is resistant to splashes and spillages and can be easily wiped clean to keep it looking as good as new.

Looking after a quartz, marble-effect surface
While marble itself can stain and scratch easily and needs sealing regularly to prevent this, CRL Quartz is a suitable alternative. As it is non-porous, quartz doesn’t absorb water or other liquids and is super-easy to keep clean. Simply wipe with a soft damp cloth and a mild detergent.

If you are looking to add marble to your home, quartz is the perfect choice – offering the look of marble but without many of the drawbacks.

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