Which Granite looks like White Carrara Marble?

by Amy
(Saratoga Springs, NY)

Casa Blanca Granite Color

Casa Blanca Granite Color

Casa Blanca Granite Color
White Fantasy Granite
Beola Ghiandonata granite

QUESTION:

I'm aware that White Carrara Marble is frowned upon for kitchen counter use. If you really like the look of the White Carrara Marble but you're being met with resistance from Kitchen Designers, what is a granite that looks somewhat similar to it?

ANSWER:

Wow! That's a tough one. White Carrara is pretty distinctive and there really isn't a granite that looks like it.

You may look at Casa Blanca. You may find a slab that has a similar effect.

Also, Beola Ghiandonata can look much more like marble than granite. It is typically more gray than white so that may not suit you, but it has a similar effect as white Carrara with a linear striation pattern.

And White Fantasy can look like Carrara marble, but the veining and pattern tends to be more dense and the color is usually more gray than white.

If you really don't like anything but a White Carrara countertop then put it in honed and seal it often.

The color and pattern won't show through as much as a polished surface, but even a devoted fan will start to curse polished marble in the kitchen once it is spotted all over with etch marks.

Honed White Carrara marble countertops will always be more maintenance intensive than granite and may still get some noticeable etch marks and maybe stain if you are not a diligent cleaner.

So, it's really 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.

I'm sure though if you put White Carrara out of your mind as an option you could find a granite that you like without needing it to look like Carrara. There are many gorgeous colors to choose from.

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.

If you do find a granite, be sure to water test a sample to see how porous it is and if it needs sealing.

Satisfy your Carrara craving by putting it in a bathroom!

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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.

Corian that looks like Carrara?
by: Anonymous

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

Thanks

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.

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.

White Fantasy
by: Anonymous

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

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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