There is Calacatta marble and there is Carrara marble, and they are so easily confused. If you’re trying to become more knowledgeable about design and remodeling, you might be interested to know the difference. Here’s a quick minute in which you can become an informed marble maniac.
The easiest way to spot Calacatta marble is the larger veining. The patterns tend to be bigger, bolder and more contrasting than Carrara marble. This island brings drama to the kitchen, but doesn’t overpower any of the other design elements in the room. The look is luxurious and it should be – Calacatta is even rarer than Carrara.
Notice the veining is finer and the color is grayer over all. While Calacatta can vary in tones, Carrara is classically gray. Below you’ll see Calacatta Gold, which is a Calacatta marble with gold undertones. The veining is bigger and more contrasting than the Carrara above. It feels more opulent than Carrara, which isn’t good or bad. It just depends on what type of room you’re designing. The warmer marble can pair well with oil-rubbed bronze fixtures or brass for a classic, European hotel feeling.
This Carrara kitchen below shows how the subtler stone can be used to create a sophisticated look. Carrara is a classic while Calacatta is a showstopper. They both look fabulous in kitchens, bathrooms, and are often cut into tiles and slabs for countertops.
Photo: HGTV.com, Rebekah Zaveloff
So now that you’re a Carrara/Calacatta connoisseur, tell me – do you have a preference?