On Trend: Marbled Patterns
April 16, 2014
I love the daily conversation about what’s happening in design and it’s so fun to see what trends come and go. I think back on when chevron and ombre were everywhere and now the one that’s taken over is marbled (or marbleized) prints and patterns. This one has been popular for a year now, it started in fashion and has moved to home decor.
I’m drawn to fluid painterly strokes and swirls, so I’m a big fan of this trend. Many of these patterns are similar to ones found in nature and I find their randomness beautiful. Marbled prints are officially having a moment, but the motifs aren’t new, the marbleizing technique has been around for centuries. Anyone remember creating marbleized paper in elementary school or summer camp?
Our love for all things marble related complements the current painterly craze (hello watercolors and brushstokes) and the popularity of motifs found in stone (agate and malachite).
Marbled patterns are popping up everywhere from wallpapers to textiles and home accessories. We’ve seen so much ikat and chevron it’s nice to see these marbled prints offered by big brands and small Etsy businesses with products handmade by creative artists.
Add a touch of the marbled look with these home accents …
Marbleized papers possess those beautiful random swirls that are so appealing. Get artistic by applying them to the walls or displaying in large scale frames. With an IKEA frame, I added pretty marbleized paper with pink and black tones to a collection of art in our living room for spring and I’ve used gold papers in autumn for a mantel display.
Marbleized papers are handmade and are available in so many styles and colors – their prices range from $5 to $8 for sheets that are 2 x 3’ so you get big impact for little money. Craft with them (I made these boxes) or use them as art!
And then of course you can always DIY your own version of marbleized paper! I’ve yet to try it, but I’d like to create some linen or silk marbled fabric soon. Even Martha featured paper and fabric marbleizing techniques in the March 2014 issue of her magazine. Pillows are fab, but how cool is the wall hanging!
What do you think of these trending marbled patterns? Have you incorporated marbleized prints or papers into your decor? .