The look of marble without the maintenance

~Hi Friends~

 Hope everyone had a nice relaxing weekend.  The hubsters and I are getting closer to making some decisions on the kitchen, just the thought gives me anxiety, hence why we are taking so long.

While I am totally smitten with Carrara Marble, It is a soft stone which means it scratches and stains easily.  I am way more practical and realize it would be a big mistake for our busy and messy household.

 Fortunately, there are a good number of alternatives out there that are just as pretty.

Nine and Sixteen used Silestone in Lagoon.

I really like the Taj Mahal in quartz, it has some browns mixed in which would look great with our floors.

  Frosty Carrina is a Caesarstone product, I like it because of the longer veining which gives it more of a real marble feel.


Here they used Eco by Cosentino in the color Polar Cap.  I love how thick it is but it is way out of our pricerange.
The Seventh House on the Left went with The Cambria Torquay it is made by quartz.
quartz countertops THE COUNTERTOP 411

Sadly we will be saying bye bye to our kitchen very soon.

What do you think, do you have a favorite?

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  1. Having had marble in our last house I can say its not practical at all in your “work” areas like the sink and prep areas that get a lot of use, but you could use it on perimeter counters perhaps? I also think there is a granite I pinned awhile ago –Kashmire White Granite? That also looks a bit like marble, I tucked that away to consider next time. Can’t wait to see it when its done!

  2. I like the Taj Mahal quartz for practicality. I had marble in one kitchen and never again. I think it needs to be in a kitchen where the people are NEAT and NEVER spill…lol…not MY household at all. I think any of your choices are great- xo Diana

  3. They are all gorgeous! I’m really happy with the Silestone I got, no maintenance at all, the only thing I kind of dislike about the white counter on the island is that it shows every piece of dust and crumb that lands on it!

  4. I know you must be sad as your kitchen was gorgeous, but you’ll have fun desgning the new one. Just like you, I’m looking for something that will give the light look of marble without its high maintenance. The third, fourth and sixth pictures are my favourite… I’m having a hard time deciding as well!

  5. Kristin, I love the direction you are going with your kitchen. It stinks that it has to be done but you may as well look at the silver lining. You made great decisions before and your next version will be gorgeous, I know it! Don’t fret – you’ve got it!!!!
    I am leaning towards a light countertop too, and like the choices you’re thinking of. I’ve also seen this Bianco Macabus Quartzite and it’s a really pretty, veined alternative to marble. Erin at Elements of Style used it in her new kitchen. Can’t wait to see how yours evolves!! xo

  6. Good call on avoiding the marble. I put marble in our master bathroom and while I love the look of it, it is way too delicate. My husband and I are very tidy and it still has places where the finish is dulled and a few rings where I set down a bottle of lotion.
    All of your options are fabulous and I can’t wait to see which one you pick.

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