I have been obsessing over using a marble slab as a back splash ever since I posted about this home. I’m pretty sure I’d seen this application before but for some reason seeing it in that particular setting and layout really hit home for me. I think we had just started doing kitchen layouts for our renovation with our architect and I was focused on large window runs on the back of the house. The idea of framing up all those glorious windows in marble was just an A-HA! moment for me.
Every home owner I know who is currently renovating or building new goes through the same “we love the look of marble but can’t deal with the maintenance” dilemma it seems. Some go for it and accept the patina as part of the charm, others go with one of the “lookalikes” (though if you ask me, nothing ever really feels or looks like marble but I totally get it.) So the idea of being able to have the warmth and movement a natural element like marble brings to a kitchen AND putting something durable and practical on the work surfaces seems so brilliant to me.
Most of the inspiration images I found involved this application around a hood where it looks best when the cabinets aren’t right up against the hood. And definitely aaaaaall the way up to the ceiling.
I think it looks best when the slab is really allowed to shine and the countertop material is something with much less movement…maybe even a solid color like these.
I mean don’t get me wrong, this is beyond fabulous…but Mr. H+F would say “it looks like a marble quarry threw up in here”. 🙂 In reality I’m looking for a less “luxe” look then below (much more like the kitchen here).
I love the mix of materials in this image.
This is a great couple of images of the same (incredible) kitchen where this concept is used.
This is my inspiration image for the large window run in the kitchen. Though as I look at this, I think I’ll need to be conscious of having more wall space surrounding them to really make a marble backsplash worth it.
These are my two favorite images because like I said, I really want to frame the large 12′ run of windows we’re planning at the back of the house with something spectacular.
Hmm…here’s a good melding of the two images – the large slab, the windows and the library sconces. Though I don’t like how they had to extend the window frames for the sconces to be mounted. Can’t I just mount the sconce on the marble? I don’t like this weird framing situation.
And as if delivered by the marble back splash angels themselves, did you guys see Emily Henderson’s post yesterday on her INGENIOUS marble and brass back splash? You really need to check it out if you haven’t yet. She basically achieved a similar look using 12×24 marble tiles (so much less expensive) and then jazzed it up using brass strips as grout. Brilliant…seriously. Might have to just straight steal this idea if my slab idea proves too expensive.
I have no doubt this will be a huge debate when it comes budget time. There’s no way this is inexpensive. I mean you’re basically talking about finding a marble slab (like you would for a counter top) and then having it templated and cut to work around windows, etc. It’s gotta be in the thousands of dollars range. But I keep telling myself if I can save and do simpler (and more practical) counter tops, couldn’t I make this work? I guess only time will tell.
Would you make the tradeoff? Ceasarstone or some other man made counter top material for the marble slab backsplash?