Carrara, Statuario, Calaca-what?

Randi Garrett Design

Marble is without a doubt one of the most refined and sophisticated materials that you can add to improve your home. It has a luxurious feel, and it is a real piece of jewelry to admire.

When it was time to renovate my kitchen, I had to ask myself the inevitable question: which marble to choose?

I knew I was aiming for white marble, so my main choices landed on either Carrara, Statuario, or Calacatta.

Each of them have their own personnality and their own beauty. I finally made my decision (I’ll tell you below!), and I’ll introduce you to all three right here:

Don’t forget to tell me in the comments the one you love the most!
Carrara marble comes from the Carrara region, in Italy. (But to mix us up, all the following marbles comes from this region).

Carrara is the most accessible, which makes it a popular choice. It is a true classic. You will recognize it by it’s greyish background, often with blueish undertones. It has a really light and delicate grey veining.

Two-toned gray and white cabinets, marble subway tile, Carrara countertops, a big farmhouse sink, and brass hardware give this kitchen a classic yet modern look.

Maison de Pax

Apples in a bowl, Carrara marble hexagon backsplash. Beautiful white IKEA SEKTION GRIMSLOV kitchen with aqua and green accents, a gorgeous marble hexagon backsplash, and quartz countertops. |

Just a girl and her blog

Bianco Carrara honed. White marble countertop is Bianco Carrara honed. Kitchen marble countertop Bianco Carrara Most walls, ceiling and cabinets in this house, including this kitchen, are painted in Benjamin Moore OC-117 Simply White.

Lisa Furey Interiors


Statuario marble gets its name from the Antique statues that were sculpted in the Renaissance period. Statuario has a white background, and grey and dark grey veins that does not have a lot of color variation. It is a really monochromatic marble.

During the renovation, Davis combined two of the existing baths to create a larger master bath. He appointed the space with statuary marble and an Arne Jacobsen–designed lavatory as well as shower fixtures from Vola. A drawing by Maureen McQuillan hangs above a lineup of towel hooks by Waterworks.

David Davis Architect (Featured on Architectural Digest)

Statuario Marble Countertops

Jennifer Backstein Interiors

Statuary marble sample block, Jon W Benedict


Jon W. Benedict

Calacatta marble also has a white background. Its veins are proeminent and strong; there is always a direction in the Calaccata pattern. The veins have also more variation and color; they go from light to charcoal grey, and gold to beige.

Calacatta is often choosen for its contrast: the fact that it’s background is very pure makes it looks even more luxurious. It is also the one listed here that is the most expensive.

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Handelsmann + Khaw


Le comptoir

Murphy & Co. Design


1 x 2 Polished Calacatta Gold Marble Herringbone Mosaic Tile Sample


A stunning herringbone mosaic for your kitchen backsplash!


But there is a lot more marble out there – black, grey, browns and even greens.

As for me, I finally opted for the Carrara marble. I love how soft it looks, and its light variations. I am sure that our love story going to last forever.

So how about you? Which one do you prefer? I can’t wait to hear about it!

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