We all love the look of a beautiful marble countertop, but the maintenance can be a living nightmare in a high traffic space like the kitchen. The website Houzz is a popular place for discussions about materials like marble, and one particular argument caught our eye.
One woman confessed that she was tired of seeing the overuse of Carrara marble and wanted options for a similar look. She insisted she was not going to use it, “like all of the kitchens done in the last fifteen years.” The others in the ring fired back with the logic if something has been used for over fifteen years it’s not a trend but a design staple. One woman’s digital battle cry outlined its uses over the centuries to line palace floors. A voice of reason came in flying the white flag of surrender and compromise. “Consider quartz”, she offered. The original woman who posted said a gracious thank you, the others walked back to their prospective corners of the ring, and peace was found in remodeling cyberspace.
This brings up a few interesting points regarding the selection of marble for your kitchen. One, the look of Carrara marble is not going out of style (and those who love it, are willing to go toe to toe!). Two, people want options to get the look of this timeless Italian marble but they are ready for a more modern, updated version that can stand the test of a red wine ring. For that, quartz is the logical answer.
*Although the discussion was regarding Carrara marble specifically, it’s important to outline the other popular Italian marbles that look similar. Calcutta and Calcutta Gold all have the same Old World feel but can have different veining and coloring. See below for information on the differences.
Often times the lines are blurred between these three, especially to the untrained eye. Calcutta and Calcutta Gold can only be found in one quarry site in the whole world, so the price point is higher than Cararra. Also, the darker veining seems to be more on trend. The Calcutta Gold generally has a warmer tone and even has flecks or waves of a honey hue.
Although Mother Nature was the author of these beautiful marbles, all three can be represented in quartz. There are many benefits to using quartz for your project. Quartz isn’t porous so it can withstand acidic lemon juice or red wine, while its marble counterparts are prone to stain. The marble should be sealed to prevent stains which requires extra maintenance while quartz requires no extra treatments. Also, quartz is a much denser material, so it won’t scratch or chip as easily as natural stone. We sell more quartz than marble for these reasons. Listed below are some popular quartz options that we recommend to clients who want the look of marble.
Silestone Pearl Jasmine looks more like Carrara, Bianca Calcutta is an option for Calcutta and Calcutta Gold mimics Calcutta Gold Marble.
There are so many options, these are just some of the go-to colors our designers recommend. The more bold and contrasted the veining the more modern and trendy the slab will be.
Browse some quartz options for your project, here!