6 Paint Colours That Look BEAUTIFUL with Marble
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Whether you’re dealing with the real thing or a good impersonator, there is no doubt that marble is a popular product for bathrooms and kitchens. Why? Well, although the maintenance issues and cost leave a lot to be desired (for this budget-friendly gal anyway), the look of marble is a timeless classic that undoubtedly adds style and value to a home.
BTW – in an effort to have only my E-design clients photos on my blog, this post has minimal photos, but the info is still ROCK solid and I’ve included the links to some good Pinterest shots for you!
See this full bathroom here – IT’S GORGEOUS
Today’s most popular marble tiles and countertops are usually a mix of white, gray and black. HOWEVER, if you’ve been hangin’ with me for a while, you’ll know that all grays have subtle (or not so subtle) undertones – and the gray in marble is NO exception. The undertones most commonly found in marble are blue and purple. Once in a while, you’ll get a warm gray-greige with a wee smidge of green, but it’s not as common. Once you figure out what type of gray is in your marble, you can then look at paint colours that will coordinate – rather than clash.
If you’ve been hangin’ with me for a while, you’ll know that all grays have subtle (or not so subtle) undertones – and marble is NO exception
There are a few dozen colours that seem to work well with most marbles, and while there are many other things to consider (backsplash / LRV / exposure / flooring / personal tastes), these colours should get you headed in the right direction.
A few notes first…
- Some marbles prefer cool neutrals (gray with undertones) or cool colours (blue/green/purple)
- Marble can accommodate a variety of depths, from white and off-white up to a medium depth. Anything darker can compete with the marble and become overpowering
- There are very few beige or warm paint colours that look great with marble
1. Sherwin Williams Sea Salt SW 6204
Sea Salt is a super popular colour for ANY room (not just for marble!). Sea Salt is a lovely soft green with a gray background to calm it down. It’s also been known to flash a bit blue – without committing to it enough to stretch out of the green zone entirely.
The LRV of Sea Salt is 64, so it will be slightly brighter looking than Sidewalk Gray.
Read more: Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Sea Salt
While it’s not shown with marble in this bathroom, from the overall style you can see how Sea Salt is a great paint colour for this type of look.
2. Benjamin Moore Silver Lake
Silver Lake is a beautiful light-medium gray with super subtle blue undertones. Silver Lake is a cool, stormy gray leaning into a blue undertone that can just slightly favour purple, but sometimes the VERY odd green sneaks in.
The LRV of Silver Lake is 55, so it has a bit of body to it, but not so much that it will weigh a room down or add TOO much contrast with marble.
3. Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray HC 170
This gray is totally underappreciated. Maybe it’s because of its placement in the fan deck or maybe I’m just crazy (possible), but I find that Stonington Gray is simply stunning when placed with marble countertops and tiles.
The LRV of Stonington Gray is 59, so it has some decent body to it and will only look bright and fresh in a well-lit room.
Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…
Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…
- Samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on location
- At $5.99, they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needing for traditional paint sampling
- If you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room
4. Benjamin Moore Gray Owl OC 52
Gray Owl is a subtle, soft gray with undertones of green and blue. You’ll find this colour ‘usually’ looks gray, but can flash a touch of green or blue in the right conditions, so make sure it jibes with YOUR particular marble.
Read more: Gray Owl vs Stonington Gray – Colour Review
5. Sherwin Williams High Reflective White SW 7757
There is NOTHING wrong with going white as it can keep things bright and fresh if your marble is a bit busier!
Shown above is SW High Reflective White with a wicked cool marble hexagon and beautiful quartz countertops. If you prefer a cool cast, Extra White will give you that, but it can be a bit chilly for some marble products.
6. Benjamin Moore Decorators White CC-20
Decorators White LOOKS white, but it actually has a subtle gray cast to it with a vague blue-purple undertone (super vague) and an LRV of 84.
Check out Decorators White in this next image, it’s the sample at the very bottom.
Not sure which colour is best for you and your home?
Check out my Online Color Consulting – I’d be happy to help!