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Hot List: Marble Looks

Consumers covet the look of marble in new easy-care surfaces 

Written by Sally Finder Weepie

Many homeowners wouldn't trade their marble countertops for anything. It's the look they want—and that little wine stain just serves as a fond reminder of the best family gathering ever. But others want the elegant look in an easy-care surface like quartz, porcelain, or solid-surfacing—and manufacturers are delivering. Here's a look at new releases at this year's Kitchen and Bath Industry Show.

Caesarstone debuted White Attica, a premium quartz surface in a modern combination of vivid black and white shades with a touch of delicate gray.

Silestone by Cosentino introduced the Eternal Collection to its line of quartz surfaces. It's the first Silestone offering to have veining and highlights run completely through the material, including its edges, resulting in an even more natural appearance. Seven colorways, including Eternal Calacatta Gold, are available. 

Cambria added to its line of quartz surfaces—and the expansion includes three new offerings in the company's Marble Collection. Swanbridge (shown), Carrick, and Weybourne offer the classic sophistication of marble without any of the maintenance.

Wilsonart brings Carrara marble looks in its eight new solid-surface designs, including Delphi Marble. 

Walker Zanger unveiled its new porcelain slabs, which mimic the look and feel of marble yet offer the durability and versatility of porcelain. Porcelain is fireproof and stainproof—and tough enough that homeowners can cut food directly on the surface without damaging the counterop. 

Neolith sintered compact surfaces gives us Blanco Carrara, inspired by real Carrara marbles from Italy. The slabs look like marble but are amazingly durable thanks to the company's high-temperature, high-pressure manufacturing process called sinterization.