Forget rattan, marble is the must-have outdoor furniture material this year

Marble tables are the latest trend taking over our outdoor space in 2022

Marble table on brass stand
(Image credit: Ella James)

The last two years have seen many of us become more imaginative with our outdoor spaces. Many indoor trends have started to migrate outside, the latest being the marble table trend. 

When it comes to buying the best garden furniture, vintage furniture and homewares company Violet Grey Decorative Antiques says they have seen a spike in demand for beautiful and versatile outdoor marble tables this year. However, it isn't just the aesthetic appeal drawing customers to the marble table garden trend.

Frustrated with the production and delivery delays still affecting brand-new garden furniture, customers are seeking alternatives and are also looking for sustainable alternatives to man-made materials. 

marble table in grey outdoor room

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Outdoor marble table trend

Caryl Tincknell, the founder of Violet Grey, says that a lot of her customers looking for patio furniture ideas want pre-owned pieces with an opulent marble top and decoratively detailed wrought iron frames to add character to their outdoor living space.

As well as looking for unique pieces, they are also making this choice because of an increasing interest in lowering their personal carbon footprint by buying vintage and antique pieces.

'Our tables often have a wonderful history, previously being featured in bakeries, butchers or orangeries and it’s this rich history that people really love bringing into their gardens or garden rooms.'

marble table with urn

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One of the joys of marble is its versatility. 'From colorful mosaic patterned tabletops to gleaming white marble dining tables, there is a marble look for every taste whether boho or minimalist,' says Ashley Todd, co-founder of outdoor and interior furniture and homewares company, Ella James.

She thinks that the trend has been inspired by our newfound appreciation of nature and the outdoors since the pandemic: 'Natural materials have beautifully textured, visually pleasing organic qualities that bring a space to life and the trend for indoor marble furniture and accessories are now being replicated in our outside spaces.'

Caring for a marble table

'Italian Carrara marble is particularly popular, with its bright white background and grey veining, and it works beautifully combined with a rustic oak frame,' says Joss Thomas, owner and founder of Indigenous, a company specializing in flooring, furniture, and interiors in natural materials.

Close up of a marble table with black legs

(Image credit: Violet Grey)

Her favorite marble design combines a smooth honed surface with a hand-chipped edge – 'it’s a really lovely contrast that suits all garden styles.'

She warns that it is important to seal a marble tabletop to protect it, whether indoors or outdoors: 'Many quality pieces are finished with an acid shield – ask when you buy - which creates an invisible satin barrier, protecting the stone surface from stains and etches, and maintaining the marble’s magnificent lustre.'

Will you be investing in this luxe look for your garden table ideas?

Jayne Dowle is an award-winning freelance gardening, homes and property writer who writes about everything from swimming ponds to skyscraper apartments, for publications including Sunday Times Home, Times Bricks & Mortar, Grand Designs, House Beautiful and The Spectator. Awarded the Garden Journalist of the Year accolade at the Property Press Awards in 2021, she has a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford and a lifelong love of homes, interiors and gardens. Her first memories include planting potatoes with her grandfather and drawing houses. Her own garden - her fourth - at home in a 1920s house in Yorkshire, is south-facing and on the side of a valley. It’s a constant challenge