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Eve Smallman

7 marble kitchen island ideas that will add a touch of luxe to your space

Marble kitchen island ideas are so chic. Here is a large marble kitchen island with five bright blue stools in front of it, two large gold pendant lights above it, and a countertop and two gold wall sconces behind it.

Marble kitchen island ideas are a must if you're looking to expand your cooking surface space in the chicest way possible.

We've sought out interior designers who have all styled rooms with this feature to find out how they like to incorporate marble. Choosing contrasting colors and illuminating with lighting are just a few ways they make this feature shine.

When nothing but luxe will do for the kitchen island ideas you're seeking, you can't go wrong with marvelous marble.

Beautiful marble kitchen island ideas

Large cooking zones and small kitchen islands alike will all look wonderful with the addition of this material.

Along the way we have rounded up useful buys throughout, in case you'd like to start bringing this look in ASAP.

The prices below were correct at the time of publishing this article. 

1. Keep it simple

(Image credit: Maren Baker Design / Michael Kaskel Schriver)

Go for a classic white marble kitchen island to achieve a timeless and sophisticated look that will outlast many kitchen island trends

“White marble with subtle veining adds a sense of purity and brightness to the kitchen,” explains Nina Lichtenstein, principal designer and founder of Nina’s Home Design. “This timeless choice complements various design styles, from traditional to contemporary."

If you have the budget, bringing in an especially high-quality one such as the Canora Gray Wortley Kitchen Island from Wayfair could be a smart investment.

2. Try a waterfall countertop

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Do you know what’s better than just a regular marble kitchen island countertop? Having the gorgeous material running all around your island as a waterfall (you can learn what a waterfall kitchen island is if you need to).

“We turned this peninsula island into a central design feature of the kitchen by embellishing it with paneling on the base and a waterfall marble countertop,” says Elizabeth Vergara, lead designer and founder of Vergara Homes. “This creates a striking yet sleek modern aesthetic for the space."

Elizabeth says integrating the island around structural elements as she has in this home is a great workaround for NYC apartments with constraints like building risers, plumbing, and vent stacks.

3. Add contrast

(Image credit: Kristin Kostamo-McNeil / Anne Rae Design / Jenny Siegwart)

For a really bold modern kitchen island look, draw the eye to your marble countertop even more by pairing it up with a sharp, dark color.

“In this classic white kitchen, we added the marble slab top to a dark stained island base cabinet,” says Kristin Kostamo-McNeil, interior designer and founder of Anne Rae Design.

“This added just the right amount of contrast and interest, as well as balancing out the all-white cabinetry with dark quartz countertops,” she adds.

DIY lovers can always pair up marble surfaces and dark paint colors themselves. Or, the Wade Logan Hodder Marble Kitchen Island from Wayfair offers a quick solution.

4. Pair with other colors in the room

(Image credit: James Yarosh / Patricia Burke)

To ensure a truly chic, cohesive finish, be sure to pair up your kitchen island colors with your other kitchen colors.

“I find it always wise to start looking at slabs early to allow color palettes to nuance the beauty of natural stones and marbles,” explains James Yarosh, interior designer, artist, and founder of James Yarosh Associates.

He continues, “Pairing the flooring stone with the patterned wallpaper/fabrics informed the idea of a dark slab with beautiful markings, creating a dazzling look.”

If you’re loving James’ design as much as we are, you can achieve a similar look on a budget with the Viopvery Marble Peel and Stick Paper from Amazon.

5. Go for dramatic veined marble

(Image credit: Shani Core Interiors / Ron Rosenz)

If you’re looking for luxurious kitchen ideas, picking marble slabs with bold veining will make your cooking space look much more expensive than it is. 

“Choose marble slabs with bold veins and striking patterns to create a focal point that becomes the gathering spot in your kitchen,” Nina says.

“This high-impact design adds drama and personality to the space, perfect for those seeking a luxurious and eye-catching aesthetic,” she adds.

Renters can achieve a similar look with vinyl, such as the VViVid Black and White Marble Vinyl from Amazon.

6. Glow it up with lighting

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Highlight the beauty of your marble kitchen island by adding kitchen island lighting underneath and above it.

Nina suggests, “Install LED strips or puck lights underneath the cabinets to illuminate the marble surface and enhance its natural veining and texture. This subtle lighting technique adds depth and dimension to the kitchen island.”

We also like the idea of hanging up kitchen island pendant lights (the Remington Iron Lantern Pendant from Pottery Barn is a pretty option) above it to give it even more of a glow.

7. Incorporate accents

(Image credit: Pottery Barn)

If a full marble kitchen island is too extravagant, consider incorporating marble accents into your kitchen island style features instead. 

“I also like introducing marble in smaller doses, such as with trays, dinnerware, and serving boards,” Nina says.

For those looking for a full marble kitchen package, Pottery Barn’s Marble Serveware Collection is absolutely stunning.

Incorporating marble into your kitchen island design will help you enjoy your cooking endeavors and impress your guests. 

“Experiment with different styles, textures, and accents to personalize your design and make it memorable,” Nina finishes by saying.

If you’re looking for something a touch more laidback, these boho kitchen island ideas are easy and breezy.

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