Love the look of marble but don’t want to worry about the maintenance or cost? See these nine stunning marble alternatives.
I have always loved the look of Carrara marble, I seriously debated just going for it in Old Salt Farm. But the more research I did, I realized that it would just not work for our family. With six young children, I just knew that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the necessary maintenance.
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The next step was to look for marble alternatives, because I knew I really loved the look for our kitchen. I researched a bunch online, looked at many samples, and decided on quartz. It doesn’t scratch or stain, it’s relatively low maintenance, and it’s also much more affordable than marble. It’s also a great option when you’re on a tight budget. I then took my list to our nearest countertop dealer.
I had narrowed it down to about 5 or 6 favorites, but as soon as I saw many of them in person, I immediately crossed them off my list. Some of them looked much different than I had thought—due to differing computer monitors, kitchen lighting/editing of photos, and more. This is why it’s so essential to see them in person, after narrowing down your list!
Either they were too creamy (with white cabinetry and backsplash, cream just didn’t work), the veining wasn’t what I was looking for, or it had too much gray. It was especially helpful when I laid them next to each other, because it became immediately obvious which ones I liked. I also brought the samples home, to compare with my cabinetry and backsplash samples.
In the end, I chose Neve, by Corian, and I absolutely love it. It was the perfect choice for my farmhouse kitchen, and works so well with all of the wood and other whites in the room. The veining is just what I was looking for–definitely similar to marble in its look. Three and a half years later, it still looks beautiful–and like we just moved in!
Because I’ve been in your shoes, I wanted to gather up some of the best marble alternatives to help you on your own journey.
*Just a note about the Neve, which reinforces the fact that you need to see them in person to really decide. To me, the Neve sample doesn’t look a ton like it does in real life–pictured above. It’s not creamy or yellow at all, which is how it looks to me in the photo below. It’s definitely more white.