Which Granite looks like White Carrara Marble?

Carrara Marble Countertop

Carrara Marble Countertop

QUESTION:

I'm aware that White Carrara Marble is frowned upon for use as a kitchen countertop.


Etches from food acids leave those dull spots all over.

If you really like the look of marble, but you're being met with resistance from kitchen designers, what granite colors (or other countertop materials) look somewhat similar to white Carrara marble?

ANSWER:

I feel your frustration. No other natural stone provokes the "I must have it... " feeling like Carrara marble. Luckily, you have several alternatives.

Off the top of my head... Bianco Romano granite is an excellent substitute looking wonderfully like Carrara marble. Stunning isn't it!
granite countertop color Bianco Romano on this kitchen island looks like Carrara marble
So, that's one idea for starters and I share a bunch more below.

Just to note, though... designers are right to caution you about choosing marble for a kitchen countertop. Often more worry than wanted. No problem in other areas of the home.

Many designers don't know better or will use it regardless of maintenance issues. It looks spectacular, but foremost kitchen countertops need to be functional and the extra maintenance of marble is irritating to most homeowners.

So... how to get the look of white Carrara marble without the maintenance?

Keep in mind..... white Carrara is pretty distinctive, so expecting an exact match is a stretch. Also, recognize that not all Carrara marbles look alike. Some are very white with little veining. Others more gray with scads of veins. Which you prefer will color your choice of the alternatives.

Carrara marble light medium dark samples

All considered, a few granite countertop colors do evoke the essence of Carrara marble and are worthy of comparison.

A couple other countertop materials offer interesting colors similar to white Carrara marble as well.

Let's explore the candidates...

Granite Colors That Look Like Carrara Marble


Casa Blanca granite is one to check out. Many slabs have a veining effect mirroring marble.

Bianco Romano granite is certainly a contender as noted above. Usually, it has beautiful veining.

Beola Ghiandonata can look much more like marble than granite. It is typically more gray so that may not suit you, but it has a linear striation pattern like white Carrara marble.
four granite countertop colors that look like Carrara marble
Glacier White granite can be a light gray-white with striations similar to marble veins, or it can be a darker gray with a more mottled and typically "granite" type pattern. It's a good one to take a peak at in your local stone warehouse. It may be off the mark, but you never know.

TIP: Test for Stains and Etching

Be a savvy stone shopper and always perform the lemon juice test on the exact slab of any natural stone you are considering. This test will tell you how absorbent (prone to staining) the stone is and if it is sensitive to acids like marble.

While we're on the topic.....

Avoid Kashmir White. The pleasing pattern and color of this granite make it quite popular, however, it is usually very porous and easily stained. Stains are not in fashion and this is one granite where sealing often does not help.

Quartzite That Looks Like Marble


Quartzite is a hard stone with performance properties similar to granite.

White Fantasy is a quartzite popular for its marble look-a-like color and pattern. The veining does tend to be dense and the color is usually a touch on the gray side, but still light.
white fantasy quartzite kitchen island countertop looks like carrara marble
White Princess is another quartzite that brings marble to mind. In truth, White Fantasy and White Princess quartzite often look very similar.

Said another way... you may find nearly identical slabs one named "Fantasy" the other "Princess" or "Super White". Or distinctly different quartzite slabs both named White Fantasy.

You may even see it called "granite" instead of quartzite. This is not true, so don't let it confuse you.

TIP: Never Mind the Name

Naming preference will vary from one stone warehouse to the next like this, so no need to get hung up on a particular name (".... oh, no I want White Fantasy, not White Princess..."). It will only make the search more confusing.

We see this with granite, marble, and all natural stones. Names of specific varieties are not always strictly applied and you may find wide variation in the look of any stone with the same name or stones that look identical but with different names.

Giving your designer a few names of samples you've seen and liked (or suggested here) is a good place to start for sure, but ultimately the name doesn't matter.

You want to hunt stone warehouses for a slab with the color, tone and pattern you like regardless of the name.

A few other quartzite colors that look like Carrara marble to consider are Super White, Luce di Luna and White Macaubas as seen below...
four quartzite countertop colors that look like carrara marble collage
Quartzite can make an excellent, low-maintenance kitchen countertop much like granite... if you choose the right slab that is, so be warned!

TIP: Test Quartzites for Etching

Some quartzite will contain enough calcite (what marble is made of) to etch just like marble does. Obviously, we are trying to avoid this situation.

Unfortunately, not everyone in the stone industry is aware of this fact and will wholeheartedly recommend quartzite counters for the kitchen... just like granite. But a quartzite that etches is much worse than marble.

Marble is soft and etching can be repaired by the homeowner with simple a DIY "etch remover". Quartzite is very hard and any etching must be repaired by an expensive professional.

To pick the perfect quartzite slab just perform the lemon juice test as noted above to weed out those that etch.

Quartz Countertop Colors Like Carrara Marble


Not to be confused with the natural stone "quartzite" above, quartz countertops are a manufactured surface with many properties similar to granite.
Cambria quartz bathroom countertop looks like Carrara marble - color Torquay
Color choices from the major quartz counter top manufacturers (Silestone, Caesarstone, Cambria, Zodiaq) have progressed far beyond the plain speckled patterns of old.

New and intriguing patterns are popping up all the time including several with a similar look to Carrara Marble.
four quartz countertop colors that look like white Carrara marble-collage

Still Must Have Carrara Marble?


If absolutely nothing will do but white marble, then...

You have two options.....

1. Have it honed and seal it often.

The color and pattern won't show through as much as a polished surface, and a honed finish is more prone to staining, but etch marks are much less visible.

2. Install it polished and learn to restore etch marks.

A polished finish is very stain-resistant, but etch marks are more visible. On the plus side, etching is far easier to repair on a polished surface using this simple DIY marble etch remover and polisher.

Either way, marble countertops will always be more maintenance-intensive than granite, quartzite or quartz even if you are maniacally diligent with care and cleaning.

It's a matter of expectations. If you know what you are in for with a marble kitchen countertop and are willing to let it develop some blemishes and/or constantly tend to it's needs, then do it.... but I don't recommend it.

You may think you can handle it, but later get sick and tired of always looking after it and being extra careful.

Again, marble countertops are only a problem in the kitchen since there is just so much contact with acidic foods and drinks. Elsewhere in the house... no problem.

It's much less stressful to have a kitchen counter top that is beautiful and yet so tough you'd have to really try to damage it... worry-free cooking.

This is easy to accomplish by choosing one of the Carrara marble alternative countertop materials presented above. Many beautiful colors available.

Then satisfy your Carrara craving by putting it in a bathroom!

Images: Carrara, Bianco, Fantasy, Torquay

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granite that looks like carrera marble
by: susan t.

I recently saw in a kitchen design store a sample of granite called "palisades". It looked just like carrera. I also saw a Corian sample that too looked like carrera.

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Corian that looks like Carrara?
by: Anonymous

Hi. Can you tell me which Corian looked like Carrara?

Thanks

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Corian that looks like Marble
by: Anonymous

I saw a Corian sample called "Rain Cloud" which is probably the closest you'll find, but it does not come close as far as the shine and veining.

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Similar Granite
by: Anonymous

We also liked Carrara White and ended up picking Kashmir White granite - there's the dotted variety that Home Depot sells, but you can find a slab with very nice vein if you go to a stone yard. It's considered entry-level granite, but it's not boring like other types of granite in the same category - the gray and sometimes dark purple veins give it character. It can also save you a bundle - we got it for $39/sq.f.

=== Admin comment: Kashmir really doesn't look anything like Carrara marble except that it is somewhat whitish... but on a more important note... Kashmir also absorbs liquids like a sponge. Very difficult to seal. One of a very few granites that just should never be installed since it will stain so easy. Many like the look, but it's a bad choice.

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White Fantasy
by: Anonymous

White Fantasy Granite is the closest granite I have seen to Carrera Marble.

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White Carrara Marble look a likes
by: Tonja

Hello
Check out quartz! They are getting really close to the Marble look...especially Compac Brand and it's actually called "Carrara". The company only sales the stone by the slab so unless your lucky on the sq it could get costly... At least this has been my research and subject to change of course! Check out other brands like Silestone "lyra".

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Corian that looks like Carrarra marble
by: Anonymous

Rain Cloud by Corian looks exactly like carrara marble and has the same matte finish.

Corian Rain Cloud looks like Carrara marble

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Corian like Marble or Granite?? NO!
by: Anonymous

Come on, all these comments about which Silestone looks most like marble or granite. Are people going into showrooms with dark sunglasses on or something??

We followed lots of online advice and so went to see a Silestone Blanco Orion in a showroom on a full kitchen display.

Within seconds of walking in (it was the first Silestone we had seen and apparently within their higher price ranges) we looked at each other with dismay.

At best it looks and feels like a very well designed and put together, sealed laminate.

It has a very obvious 'repeat' pattern unlike natural stone, it has none of the shine of granite or marble (but much more a synthetic sheen like laminate), it feels warm and artificial (like laminate). And it costs as much as many marbles and granites!

I accept it may by much much better wearing and maintenance free than any of marble, granite or actual laminates, perhaps by many times ... and if practicality is what you're after, then maybe it is for you.

But please let's not pretend it has any of the aesthetics of real stone ... even if it is made with bits of real stone. It is and it looks man-made, not natural.

My view: if you're after granite or marble for the look, then Silestone, etc. will not get you that!

If you're after a PATTERN or DESIGN like marble or granite (which is very different to the overall actually looking like marble or granite) then yes, Silestone gets you in that direction (as does laminate to be fair) but other than pattern it has none of the other elements that make up the look of real stone.

If I bought it, I would end up saying to friends who comment... "no it's not laminate, it's really really good quality pretend natural stone. That it costs more than natural stone but is easier to maintain"

So it is easy to keep it looking not like natural stone :)

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