After months and months of endless searching, last week I finally found what I thought were the world's most gorgeous slabs, purchased them, and then proceeded to have a
As you know, my vision is a classic white kitchen with marble island top and backsplash, and Barroca soapstone peripheral countertops. I had decided upon Statuary (also known as Statuario) marble, as I wanted a crisp white background and gray veining. I love Calacatta slabs (which we are actually using for our master bath), but most has varying amounts of gold veining throughout, and I prefer grey veining only for our kitchen. We are also using Carrara marble for other bathrooms, which often has a slight bluish gray background and more subtle grey veining.
Choosing the "perfect" marble is purely a matter of preference and budget, and there are so many to choose from that it can truly become overwhelming. For example, my husband and I tend to gravitate towards more dramatic and heavily veined marble, while others prefer more subtle veining...
So here are our kitchen slabs which I decided yesterday had TOO much veining, then promptly contrived a tearful plea for backing out of the purchase and franticly resumed my fruitless search. However, halfway through writing this post, I fell back in love with my veiny slabs, and shamed myself for ever doubting their fabulousness...
Please excuse the poor quality of these photos...
I love how the gray veining in the Statuary mirrors the white veining in the Barroca!
In her search for slabs, Holly from Things That Inspire provided wonderful advice and the following descriptions to help identify some of the more popular types of marble:
- Bianco Carrara - white and gray marble – very gray now
- Statuary – a ‘sister’ marble to Carrara that has a brighter white background, with veining in gray
- Calacatta – gray and subtle gold veining, with white background
- Calacatta Oro (or Calacatta Gold) – large flakes, subtle goldish brown veins
- Calacatta Gold Extra – whites, grays, light gold ribbon veining
Here are a few examples of interestingly veined marble that tickle my fancy...
This kitchen features Statuary marble and honed Absolute black granite (a good substitute if Soapstone is not available). This is the color combination I am going for, but with marble on the island. However, there is something about this particular marble slab that makes me nervous.
I have no clue what type of marble this is, but it is definitely dramatic! While this would not be my first choice, I love how it looks with the white cabinets and black range (similiar to the black Ilve we will have in our kitchen.)
This gorgeous kitchen is making a repeat appearance here at The Glam Pad. This is a Calacatta Gold marble.
Another repeat... just stunning! I am guessing this is either Statuary or a non-gold Calacatta? I love the contrast of the dark gray on white.
Here is another glamorous kitchen featuring a gorgeous gray and white marble island.
I love the movement in this Calacatta marble. This is actually nearly identical to what we have selected for our master bath, more to come!
More Calacatta! That Calacatta is very popular in the kitchen!!
This gorgeous kitchen belongs to one of my girlfriends. She chose Danby marble, which I think is so classy and elegant. Unfortunately, I cannot find Danby in Miami, and the expense to truck it in makes it cost-prohibitive, otherwise this would actually be my first choice. While more subtle than many of the other examples that have caught my eye, I love this perfectly crisp white marble with its stunning ribbon-like veins dancing throughout.
A lovely kitchen featuring Carrara marble. Note the bluish tent...
Here is one of our guest bathrooms in progress, featuring Carrara marble...
I think the marble we selected is most similiar to that in this bathroom by Phoebe Howard, do you agree?
The marble in these next three bathrooms reminds me of some stunning Arabescato I found in Miami at a very reasonable price... Unfortunately, none of the available slabs were long enough to seamlessly cover our island.
Hotel Le Meurice, Paris, France via The Enchanted Home
Hôtel Thoumieux, Paris, France
This bathroom claims to be Calacatta marble from Italy, but I have never found any in Miami that looks like this!
So there is my most recent conundrum... I do worry that my slabs may not have enough white relief and that they may be a bit too busy and will eventually make me crazy, but at this point it looks like I'm going to have to keep the initial spark alive. I am going to place one more call to the distributor to see if there is miraculously anything new in stock I might prefer... Perhaps they would be kind and let me make an exchange. But it looks like these are our new kitchen slabs for better or for worse! I would love your thoughts!!
For more on marble slab selection, check out Things That Inspire, Cote de Texas, and The Enchanted Home.
P.S. Our slabs are polished... I prefer honed (which is of course recommended), but it is extremely difficult to find here. Perhaps if I have our slabs professionally honed, they will appear slightly more subtle!?