Which Granite looks like White Carrara Marble?
Bianco Romano Granite Looks Like Carrara Marble
I'm aware that White Carrara Marble is frowned upon for use as a kitchen countertop because it etches from acids.
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?
I feel your frustration. No other natural stone provokes the "I just have to have it... " feeling like Carrara marble.
But designers and stone fabricators are right to caution you about choosing a marble kitchen countertop
Luckily, you have several choices for a similar look that I share with you below.
Your It's true that marble is not the best choice for a kitchen countertop. I know you see it in photos of elegant kitchens all over magazines and online, which leads one to believe it's just fine.
It's a dirty trick though! Designers can't help themselves.
Carrara marble is just so gorgeous and looks spectacular in their design. Who cares if it's a bit troublesome maintenance-wise. Although, in truth many designers aren't even aware of this fact.
Marble can be a nuisance to maintain when installed in the wrong place... like a kitchen countertop. Marble will show dull etch marks upon contact with acidic foods and drinks and harsh cleaners.
Etching is just impossible to avoid in the kitchen, so if you are expecting your marble kitchen countertop to always look pristine... think again.
The etching conundrum is why granite and/or other materials are recommended over marble for kitchen countertops.
So, how to get the look of white Carrara marble without the maintenance?
Wow! That's a tough one. White Carrara marble is pretty distinctive and there really isn't a granite that looks exactly like it.
Keep in mind that not all Carrara marbles look alike either. Some are very white with little veining. Others more grey with a scads of veins.
All considered, though, a few granite countertop colors do evoke the essence of Carrara marble and are worthy of comparison.
In addition, a couple other countertop materials offer interesting colors similar to white Carrara marble.
Let's explore the candidates...
Granite Colors That Look Like Carrara MarbleCasa Blanca
granite is one to check out. You may find a slab that has a veining effect resembling marble. Bianco Romano
is a beautiful granite countertop color with a look close to Carrara marble. 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 typically has a linear striation pattern like White Carrara marble.
Quartzite That Looks Like MarbleWhite Fantasy
is quartzite popular for it's marble look-a-like color and pattern. The veining / pattern does tend to be more dense and the color is usually more gray than white. 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 distinctly different quartzite slabs both named White Fantasy. Also, you may even see it called granite instead of quartzite.
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 seen below...
Quartz Countertop Colors Like Carrara Marble
Not to be confused with the natural stone "quartzite" featured above, quartz countertops
are a manufactured surface with many properties similar to granite and quartzite.
Color choices from the major quartz countertop manufacturers 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.
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!