6 Paint Colours That Look BEAUTIFUL with Marble (and Look-a-Likes)
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Whether you’re dealing with the real thing or a good impersonator, there is no doubt that marble is one of the most popular products for bathrooms and kitchens. Why? Well, although the maintenance issues and cost leave a lot to be desired (for this bbudget-friendlygal anyway), the look of marble is a timeless classic that undoubtedly adds style and value to a home.
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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 most grays have a subtle (or not so subtle) undertone – and marble is NO exception. The undertones most commonly found in marble are blue, purple, a taupe based greige and sometimes a weeee smidge of green. 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 most grays have a subtle (or not so subtle) undertone – and marble is NO exception
I’ve found that 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 at least get you headed in the right direction.
A few notes first…
- Marble generally prefers cool neutrals (gray and greige) and 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
- Click on underlined colour name to view these colours
Benjamin Moore Sidewalk Gray 2133-60
Sidewalk Gray is a very ‘pretty’ gray that has a cool purple undertone (leaning slightly to the blue side rather than the red side). It is subtle, but not so subtle that your walls will look ‘gray’ – as that whisper of colour will come through.
The LRV of Sidewalk Gray is 61, meaning it will bring some life to a room, but certainly won’t be overly bright or glaring.
Read more: LRV and Why it Matters When Choosing Paint
Sherwin Williams Sea Salt SW 6204
Sea Salt is a super popular colour for ANY room (not just for marble!). You’ll find that Sea Salt is a lovely soft green with a gray background to calm it down. It’s also been know to flash a bit of a blueish look – 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.
Benjamin Moore Pigeon Gray 2133-50
Being the darker version of Sidewalk Gray, it only makes sense that this is also a stunning paint colour with marble! Pigeon Gray is a gorgeous gray with a decent cool purple undertone. Cool purple is basically a purple leaning toward the blue side.
The LRV of Pigeon Gray is 42, so it will be a bit darker looking than the other colours on this page, but it’s not so dark that it will weigh a room down or add TOO much contrast with marble.
Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray HC 170
This gray is totally underappreciated. Maybe it’s because of its placement in the fan deck or maybe it’s ugly and I’m just crazy, but I find that Stonington Gray is stunning when placed with a cool gray toned marble.
The LRV of Stonington Gray is 59, so it will add some light and life to a room.
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Benjamin Moore Gray Owl OC 52
Gray Owl is probably the most subtle on this page with its undertones of green and blue. You’ll find this colour ‘usually’ looks gray, but can flash a touch of green/blue in the right conditions.
Read more: Gray Owl vs Stonington Gray – Colour Review
Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray SW 7043
If you have a marble that is a bit more greige or warm vs the more traditional COOL gray marble, then you might LOVE Worldly Gray. This is a greige with a whole mix of undertones that are super accommodating and don’t actually commit to looking anything but ‘greige’.
Sherwin Williams High Reflective White SW 7757 or Pure White SW 7005
There is NOTHING wrong with going white – which can keep things bright and fresh if your marble is a bit busier!
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