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11 Brilliant Ideas for Repurposing Leftover Marble (Once Your Countertops Are Cut)

Words by Olivia Lidbury
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Photo courtesy of Natalie Myers

So you’ve just purchased the most beautiful marble slab for your kitchen island or shower.

And as anyone who has invested in stone for their countertop or bathroom will attest, there is almost always a surplus of small or awkwardly-shaped offcuts left at the end of a project. Don’t just discard the remnants—get creative and add a touch of architectural interest to even the smallest of nooks. Here are 11 ideas for maximizing those luxurious marble moments and let it be known: leftovers have never looked so chic.

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Design by Nina Farmer

Photo by Jared Kuzia

A Backsplash Where It Counts

Not enough for a backsplash to cover the entire length of your kitchen walls? Think in zones instead. As cleverly shown here by Nina Farmer, a spare slab cut into a square or rectangle (whichever your leftover allows for) adds drama around the stove.

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Photo courtesy of Max Rollitt

A Fireplace Revamp

You can call on marble to add drama to the plainest of features. Take this fireplace mantel in a room by Max Rollitt, which has been given the extra factor thanks to three short slabs of marble laid around the inset. It really is as easy as one, two three…

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Design by Salvesen Graham

Photo by Simon Brown

A Next-Level Bath Mat

Larger-scale marble leftovers are a smart solution for delineating a floor surface (and it’s not just reserved for Italian palazzos!). In this bathroom by Salvesen Graham—where water-sensitive wood floors dominate—a stone inset combats any splashes from the bathtub.

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Photo courtesy of Studio Hus

A Simple Hood Upgrade

Marble offcuts of the linear variety are limiting, but we have Studio Hus to thank for bringing this luxe hood border to our attention. Smoothly rendered and then trimmed in stone matching the countertop, the result brings beauty to one of the most practical features of a kitchen.

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Design by Heidi Caillier

Photo by Haris Kenjar

Design by Sarah Sherman Samuel

Photo by Nicole Franzen

A Curvy Moment

All that’s needed to elevate a bathroom vanity is the shallowest of upstands, as exemplified by Sarah Sherman Samuel. And a curved lip makes it feel more considered. If your stonemason is feeling creative, experiment with curvaceous cutwork, as Heidi Caillier also did here to distinguish twinning sinks.

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Design by Handelsmann + Khaw

Photo by Felix Forest

A Powder Room Power Move

Is there anything more decadent than a deeply veined, marbled baseboard in a diminutive powder room? The best part about this shot of unexpected luxury is that you only need the most residual leftover strips to make it a reality—and unlike its wooden counterparts, you’ll barely register any dust gathering. Touche, Handelsmann + Khaw.

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Design by And Studio

Photo by Nicole Franzen

Design by Athena Calderone

Photo by Sarah Elliott

A Storage Coup

Take two straight edges, add a pair of brackets you adore and you’ve got yourself a marble moment. And Studio shows how a countertop offcut can enjoy new life in the kitchen as a decorative shelf (with bonus points if it meets the coordinating backsplash). Meanwhile, the unofficial queen of marble, Athena Calderone, presents a case for ensuring your supporting wall is just as statement as the shelves it hosts.

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Design by Meghan Eisenberg

Photo by Haris Kenjar

A Chic Shower Entrance

Another clever use of slim offcuts is around a shower frame, as demonstrated by Meghan Eisenberg. Echoing the bathroom’s vanity tops (and in this instance, sumptuous bath-splash), the shower doesn’t miss out on the luxury treatment either. In fact, this is one suggestion worth raiding the marble yard for alone…

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Design by Jenna Lyons

Photo by Simon Watson

An Essentials Nook

Carve out the largest niche your shower will allow and add a floating shelf mid-way for practicality's sake. Jenna Lyons has done just that, doubling up the curatorial value of such a nook with plants and votives, as well as regular bath essentials.

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Photo courtesy of McGrath II

A New Life for Your Old Table

There’s not a base in existence that a marble top doesn’t like: the two go together like strawberries and cream. An inspired way to elevate an otherwise perfunctory wooden nightstand, side table, or dresser (like the one above by McGrath II) is by topping it with a new surface. The mix of materials is one you can’t go wrong with.

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Design by DISC Interiors

Photo by Sam Frost

An Exit Fit for Royalty

The perfect scenario for a late addition: laying marble over existing flooring for function (or beauty’s!) sake. This shower step-down feature by DISC Interiors is pleasingly both. The same idea could be successfully applied to an entryway to create the most extravagant doormat.

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