It's no secret that marble floors are a beautiful addition to any home. Whether they're in your bathroom, living room, kitchen, or any other space in the house, they are sure to take center stage. But what color furniture complements them best? We did the research and found exactly what you should look for when furnishing a room with marble floors.
When choosing furniture to complement your marble floors, you can't go wrong with neutrals. Pretty much any tone of wood will look great. Likewise, creams, off-whites, and grays are always a safe option. For a pop of color, deep rich shades like emerald green and royal blue are preferred over pastels.
We know decorating can be difficult; that's why we're here to help. Keep reading for a comprehensive guide to what furniture looks best paired with marble floors. We took the guesswork out of it, so your home is guaranteed to look amazing, minimal effort required.
What Furniture Goes With Marble Floors
Marble floors are known for their clean, sleek appearance and the luxurious feeling they give to an open room. When choosing furniture to go with marble floors, we suggest enhancing their natural beauty by selecting neutral shades that will allow the floor to be the star of the show.
Check out this article for more awesome interior design ideas: '12 Large Living Room Floor Plans You Need To See.'
Shades of off-white and cream are a classic option for a reason. These hues will match your marble floors without blending in too perfectly, so you're left with a room that's nice and breezy. Light colors like these will brighten up your space, so if you lack natural sunlight, choosing light-colored furniture is an easy way to fake a lighter room feeling.
Try this option out in your living room and pair your marble floors with an off-white couch for a space you'll want to spend all your free time in.
Dark Gray Furniture
Opt for a more masculine feel by furnishing your marble-floored living room with dark smoky gray furniture. The effect is sophisticated, elevated, and classic. For couches and accent chairs, look for textured fabrics such as tweed for an interesting touch.
Wood and marble are both natural materials, and they look great when paired together. Light wood, in particular, offers an airy quality and looks particularly great in kitchens and bathrooms. Opt for light wood if you want your home to feel breezy and bright.
Similar to dark gray, dark wood furniture looks luxe and sophisticated in a room with marble floors. The stark contrast of the deep wood against the light marble adds interesting detail and warmth that lighter furniture does not offer.
For marble floors with light gray/cool undertones, look for wood with a similar gray/almost blue undertone to match. Wood with warm red undertones will look out of place paired with marble.
While neutrals are an overall favorite for furnishing marble floored rooms, we understand that some may want a pop of color in their home. In that case, rich jewel tones like royal blue and emerald green are your best bet. Notice the deep blue island in the photo above. It is subtle enough that it doesn't distract from the floors but still adds a bit of dimension to the room.
If you want to include some color, always choose a dark jewel tone and avoid pastels.
Do Marble Floors Scratch Easily?
An unfortunate downside of marble flooring is how delicate it can be. Although marble is a relatively solid material, it can be easily scratched, stained, and chipped. For this reason, you'll need to go to a few extra lengths to ensure your marble floors are adequately cared for.
Think about the famous marble steps inside the leaning tower of Pisa in Italy. This kind of damage isn't a real concern in your home, but it demonstrates how even though we think of marble as tough, it is actually composed mostly of very soft minerals.
How Do You Protect Marble Floors?
Marble floors are a worthwhile investment, but only if you care for them properly. To do that, a few extra steps need to be taken to ensure they are well protected and maintained. It may seem like a lot of work but believe us; it's worth it for that beautiful shine.
Seal Your Marble Floors
Marble stains and scratches so easily because it is a porous material. For that reason, it is imperative to seal your marble floors upon installation.
Simply apply the sealer and buff it into your marble floors with a rag. This can be repeated a few times until the sealer is no longer absorbing into the material. Check out the video below for a step-by-step guide on how to complete the process.
Don't Use Acidic Cleaners
While most of us swear by bleach to get our homes sparkling clean, they will only damage your marble floors. Even some natural ingredients like vinegar solutions aren't the way to go because of their acidity levels.
When cleaning your marble floors, a simple concoction of soap and water will do the trick just fine. For daily dusting, a rag or dry Swiffer Sweeper is all you need.
Check out this article for an easy guide to cleaning your marble floors: 'How To Clean Marble Floor In Bathroom [4 Steps]'
Be Extra Careful When Moving Furniture
The most common way floors get scratched is through careless moving techniques. If you're moving furniture around, do not drag the legs of your couch or table along the bare marble floor! Get a friend to help you lift it off the ground and use soft rugs or towels for extra protection against unwanted scratching.
Put Down Rugs And Runners
If your marble floors are in an area with high foot traffic like entryways or kitchens, you may want to invest in an area rug or runner to protect the floor against sneaker scuffs. Don't worry about the look; rugs can add a bit of wanted flair when placed on top of your marble floors!
What Rug Backing Is Safe For Marble Floors?
Rug backings are the key to keeping your rug from slipping and sliding on your marble floors, but not just any will do. Marble is delicate and easily stained, so rug backings with synthetic adhesives aren't out of the question. Look for options with natural rubber instead.
Enjoy Your Marble Floors!
There are so many upsides to having marble floors that you'll never go back to having it any other way. Although they require a little extra work, it is worth it for that luxurious feel they provide. Just remember: when choosing furniture to complement your marble floors, it's best to stick with neutrals. Go light for a breezy effect or dark for a sophisticated and cozy feel. Either way, your marble floors are sure to please.