Marble is a timeless and classic look that is very on trend, especially when applied to kitchen countertops and Carrara marble being most popular. For those who love white kitchens in particular, marble offers a variety of looks with its unique veining. It is sophisticated and elegant and can be used in any design scheme, from modern to farmhouse. Marble is known more so for the patina it gets from use than for its durability. It is a softer stone than quartz or granite and can etch or chip more easily. Costs range anywhere from $40 — $100 per square foot.
Here is a common question that clients will ask designers when considering using Carrara marble on their kitchen countertops. “How do you feel about the application of marble in the kitchen? Have you had any complaints from clients? I am building my dream kitchen and love the look, but worried that it will get ruined.”
The answer to this question: Carrara marble is a very popular countertop material. It is installed by many designers who love the aesthetics. The selection of this material is a personal preference and you need to be comfortable with your decision. It will etch and chip and can stain if it is exposed to acidic materials. It will etch less if the marble is honed. Even so, spills should be cleaned up immediately. If you are worried about marks on your countertops, consider quartzite as an option.
Have a look through our collection of Carrara marble kitchens, with information about each of the projects below the images. Please let us know which one is your favorite and why!
1. The kitchen island is the focal point of this kitchen, featuring open shelving at the end for convenient access to cookbooks and other kitchen items. The island dimensions are 78″ by 36″. The backsplash in this kitchen is Carrara Marble. The herringbone tile is 2″ by 4″ and the remaining subway tile is 3″ by 6″. The grout is TEC Silverado #949. The perimeter countertops are Caesarstone. The light fixture above the island is the Solaris Orb Chandelier (source). (via Normandy Remodeling)
2. This transitional style kitchen features Carrara marble countertops and backsplash. The pendant fixtures illuminating the island are by Rejuvenation Hardware. (via Kelley Flynn Interior Design)
3. This traditional style kitchen showcases marble countertops, crackle ceramic subway tile from Walker Zanger, farmhouse since and hand scraped hardwood flooring. (via Fiorella Design)
4. In this fabulous kitchen in Toronto, Canada, the designer created a sparkling white kitchen of Carrara marble. She selected darker grey tiles for the backsplash so that they would stand out. If the tiles are too light, you would then loose the brick pattern effect. (via Sarah Gallop Design)
5. This striking Carrara marble topped kitchen reflects a fantastic mix of wood and painted finishes. A paneled Subzero 27″ refrigerator/freezer units mimics the appearance of furniture. Polished stainless steel accents on the custom cabinetry completes the sophisticated aesthetic. The hood is made by Downsview, comprised of wood with metal straps. (via St. Clair Kitchen & Home)
6. This dreamy white kitchen in Minneapolis features Carrara marble countertops. The custom island is 4′ wide and almost 12′ long. The sink is an Elkay ELU2115 Stainless, measuring 22.5 x 17.2 x 7.5 inches. (via Steven Cabinets)
7. This modern farm house style kitchen in Seattle features custom cabinets from Bellmont/Pacific Crest. The door style is “Index”. The countertops and beveled honed subway tiles are Carrara marble (source is MSI Stone). The light fixtures illuminating the island are the Benson Pendant from Restoration Hardware. The flooring is prefinished and wire brushed Hickory flooring. (via Calista Interiors)
8. A classic coastal Colonial style kitchen features the ultimate island with a 2.5” thick Carrara marble countertop. The extra thickness of the countertop helps to add substance and a professional feel. The island is almost 10 feet in length, very ideal for food prep, buffet space, or causal dining with family/guests. (via Michael Robert Construction)
9. The Carrara marble backsplash came from Walker Zanger’s Rue Pierre collection. The countertop is called super white granite. The designer’s selected this because it looks like carrara marble, but not as porous and requires less maintenance. The chandelier is Maxim lighting in their Montgomery collection—model number: M24306CLPN, in polished nickel (source). The flooring is from Hallmark Floors in their Alta Vista Hardwood Collection, color: Historic French Oak. (via Kitchen Kraft)
10. The island and backsplash are Carrara Marble, while the perimeter countertop is the Devon Desert Collection from Cambria. The wall color is a custom color, similar to Benjamin Moore—Senora Grey. The cabinets are also a custom color, similar to Benjamin Moore—White Dove. (via Kitchens by Eileen)
11. The countertop in this Salt Lake City kitchen is Carrara marble. The custom bench was designed by the interior designer, Caitlin Creer. The pendent light over the sink is from All Modern Lighting – Robert Abbey S3360 Blake Pendant in Polished Nickel. The pendants over the island are from Restoration Hardware – School House Pendant. (via Tiek Built Homes)
12. This transitional style Baltimore kitchen features Carrara marble countertops and backsplash. The lower cabinets were painted in a dark gray hue by Farrow & Ball—Downpipe. The upper cabinetry is Farrow & Ball—Decorator’s White. The farmhouse sink is from Rohl. The sconces were sourced from Schoolhouse Electric. (via Elizabeth Lawson Design)
13. The island and perimeter countertops of this Charleston, South Carolina kitchen are Carrara marble. The island dimensions are 5’x9′ and the stools were sourced from Wayfair. The backsplash behind the stove is a combination of glass and carrera marble from KPM Flooring, Hilton Head Island. The gorgeous island pendants are from Hudson Valley Lighting—6917-PN-WS. (via William Byrd Homes)
14. The countertops and backsplash are Carrara Marble, the backsplash is Italian White Bianco Carrera Random Brick – Random Strip Honed. The pendant lights over the island are the Sorenson 18 Lantern by Remains Lighting. Benjamin Moore’s Decorators White is a similar color to the paint used on the cabinets, trim and ceiling. (via Crisp Architects)
15. An Atlanta farmhouse kitchen features a harmonious balance of polished and rustic elements. Carrara marble countertops add a sophisted aesthetic, antique heart pine flooring and beadboard ceilings are more primitive. The island dimensions are roughly 8.5′ x 4′. A 16-foot-long wall of transom-topped French doors opens out to a porch. (via Historical Concepts)
16. A traditional kitchen in Charleston, South Carolina looks elegant with its Carrara marble countertops. The cabinetry was painted in Benjamin Moore—Grey owl OC-52. The light fixtures are the Birds Nest Hanging Lamp from Serena & Lily. (via Jill Frey Kitchen Design)
17. This eye-catching Chicago kitchen is full of decadence, beginning with the Carrara marble island. The backslash subway tiles are 3×6, the spacing between the tiles is only – 1/16″. The grout color is charcoal from Custom Building Products (Home Depot). The designer selected a glossy tile, recommended over a matte finish. The Tolix Marais Counter Stools are from DWR. Light fixtures are the Visual Comfort SL5175BZ-BZ1 E.F. Chapman Yoke Bronze Pendant Ceiling Light. (via KitchenLab Design)
18. An historical home in Rumson, New Jersey features this elegant kitchen. he island counter top is honed Carrera Marble. The backsplash tile is 3″x6″ cararra marble tiles. The Charles Ghost Stools are designed by Phillipe Starck and made by Kartell (source).
19. Wood-paneled walls, submarine lights and an iron window play up rich textures in this in Madison, Georgia country kitchen. The white cabinets, Carrara marble countertops, farmhouse sink and salvage wood island are highlights to this stunning space. (via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles)
20. An Art Deco style home feature a crisp and clean kitchen dressed in white Calcutta marble countertops and subway tile backsplash. Metal open shelving adds to the overall aesthetic. (via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles)
21. The countertops are a white Carrara marble, while the backsplash tiles are Florida Tile—TI50601W3X6 White, Size:3×6 Running Bond. The cabinets, trim, walls and ceiling are painted in Benjamin Moore OC-21 Winter White. The flooring is wide plank, random length white oak with a custom stain. The pendant lights are from Restoration Hardware. (via Postcard from Paris Home)
22. Framed shaker kitchen, beading on shaker panels, double lambstongue on drawers. Painted in Little Greene French Grey. Carrara marble countertops extend up the wall to create the backsplash. (via Higham Furniture)
23. The Carrara marble island dimensions are 36″ W x 8.5′ L. The backslash is from Waterworks Ice Water 3 x 6 crackle architectonics, while the grout is bright white. The pendants are from Kichler Lighting, Item #RG6T, in Polished Nickel. (via Hampton Design)
24. In Fayetteville’s Clear Creek neighborhood, this timeless kitchen is styled with Carrara marble and blue-gray backsplash tiles with a white grout. (via At Home in Arkansas)
25. An industrial chic kitchen in London showcases stylish aesthetics with Carrara marble countertops.(via Blakes London)
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