Marbling has been fashionable for over 3000 years so it is an ancient skill. Early examples are to be found in the Pyramids, where this paint technique seems to have been popular despite the ready availability of real marble.

Hare and Humphreys are one of the foremost exponents of this ancient technique in the UK.

The technique creates “fictional” or “real” effects from different layers of paint which are matched into existing marble, or copy a marble that cannot be sourced as it is no longer quarried. The big advantage offered by painted marble is that it allows for a consistency of tone and colour that is impossible to source naturally.

Marbling can be applied to all surfaces that can be painted. It can be used to great effect on columns, plinths, fireplaces, inset panels into mouldings or cornices that abut real marble – thus giving the illusion of continual stone. The effect can be dramatic and strong, or very soft and subtle, depending on the marble colouring selected.

Unlike other decorating companies, Hare and Humphreys do not have a “standard” range of stone that we reproduce. Instead, we look at the level of detail required, in terms of shadowing and tones in order to create a bespoke and often unique effect.

Marbling is not a simple process, our craftsmen paint facsimiles of all the many different marbles as required, creating depth and translucency. They add the correct amount of veining using a variety of sable brushes, natural sponges or even feathers and utilise precisely graded pigments to make a perfect copy of the marble type.




  • Decorative shield at a private residence, London
  • Sienna marbling at Cherkley Court, Surrey
  • Portoro marble at a government property, Belgium
  • Marbling samples for Hylands House, Essex
  • Faux marble plinths at Chatsworth
  • Marbled entrance hall at London Residence