Colour and texture are fundamental to the look of a dimension and patch 2.3 certainly bought a lot of colour and texture with the new building blocks. I love the marble blocks, they give such a rich, luxurious look to a home or grandeur to a public space. Black marble is dark and serious. Green marble is vibrant and alive. There’s been some excellent examples of buildings using these marbles to good purpose.
Ahilin of Gelidra, combined black marble and red accessories to excellent effect in Ahilin Mansion. To see what this dimension once looked like, pop back in time to Radish Recommends: Icewatch. Double the item count, include the fashionable new dimension items and Breach Chamber never looked better. The wood of the stairs provides a foil for the marble and the red of the carpet is picked up in the red velvet chairs, tempest bay banner and the round flesh rug.
Black marble is so strong, in both in colour and texture, that it requires little decoration to make it interesting. The black marble bathroom in Ahilin Mansion is simply decorated, with pink flowers, a wine pool and an alabaster vase, but is as elegant as any dimensional bathroom. By keeping the colours limited to pink and white, Ahilin has made the marble the star of the show.
The architectural features of Breach Chamber are not covered over but enhanced by inlaying the marble into the walls and picking out the details. Feendish used the same technique in Crowned By Stars (Baradara@Faeblight) to enhance the floor of Edge Of Infinity.
Grey was the colour of the old tiles, browny grey wood, grey stone and grey metal. Now we are awash in reds, blues, browns, greens, whites and blacks.
Black and white are such beautiful contrasting colours, something dimensioneers can finally use to their advantage. Seonie and JuicyB use contrasts to good effect in Tower of Kal (Kaladyn@Hailol). Black marble is used to highlight the arch of the portico and frame the door of the limestone building while the white limestone is used to make chevrons on the black marble of the details.
They continue the black and white contrasts within the tower and enhance the contrast with lighting effects. Look up at the ceiling on the ground floor of the tower to see a black and limestone light. The builders use the Storm Legion Lamppost to stain the limestone purple, then top it all off with a flowering water lily. I’d highly recommend a visit to Tower of Kal to see how a limited palette of pinks and purples, combined with black and white, make a bold and beautiful statement.
Black and white may be great contrasters but brown and green are great complements. I love the rich colours of the green marble when paired with the carved wood blocks. The lower tavern in the Silky Venom Guild Hall (Silky Venom@Greybriar) was been rebuilt by Lightofthemoon, using green marble, carved wood and limestone. The dark brown wood brings out the luster of the green marble, the marble enriches the brown tones of the wood, while the limestone provides a palette cleanser for all that complementing.
The black and green marbles are versatile additions to our building block and I look forward to seeing what other materials can be contrasted or complemented with them. One look I’m not thrilled by is both the marbles together. Somehow, when paired in close proximity, the green marble overwhelms and dulls the black.
The builders of La Citie Draconique by L’Ordre Draconique@Brisesol have created a town in Tuldio Sun Orb. I spent a good half hour wandering around their town, marveling at the use of the new prefabricated walls and roofs. It’s a great place to review the use of these materials. The mansion on the lower level of the Sun Orb features a lot of green and black marble together.When green and black marble are placed together, my eye is always drawn to the green marble and not the black. The black marble fireplace gets lost in all that green, while the black floor and columns do not shine like they should. Perhaps this is a personal Radish quirk or perhaps it’s a stylish no-no. I’ll reserve judgement on that till I’ve seen a few more samples of paired black and green marble.