Since Carrara Marble is so trendy right now, I thought it would help to write a post on which whites work the best with it for your white kitchen or bathroom.
Carrara Marble will look the best with a plain white like BM OC-65 Chantilly Lace or Behr Snow Fall WF600 (below) or even a white with a blue undertone like Behr 790C-1 or Dulux White Wing 50GY 83/010.
If you are choosing a standard white from a cabinet manufacturer, just make sure they are close to any of the above and your cabinets will look great.
If you want your cabinets to relate to the countertops I would not recommend Cloud White because it's way too creamy looking next to it.
Carrara has quite an overall blue-gray undertone which will look cold and wrong if you get the white wrong.
There's nothing wrong with choosing an off-white or cream to go with Carrara, you just need to be prepared to repeat it, like in this kitchen with the wallpaper. Or on the walls like in this bathroom (below).
Keep in mind, if you haven't "repeated" it and it doesn't perfectly match, you might not even think about it or notice it. Some people (like me) are simply more sensitive to all the varying tones so if this applies to you, then keep reading.
Giannetti Home (source)
This is BM 1558 Fieldstone or Behr 790D4. When I first saw this kitchen and heard the all the buzz about it, I pulled out my deck and was shocked at how green it looked all by itself (because it's a blue/green). Compare it to 1656 (something bluer) and it's definitely green, but if you compare it to green 509, suddenly it looks really blue.
When I consult with my clients, the way that I lead them to the right colour is ALWAYS by comparing to other colours. If you look at a colour all by itself without context it's almost impossible to make a decision that way. If you are just learning how to find the right colours for your clients, having my large colour samples is an absolute necessity. All the whites I'm talking about in this post are in the collection.
And as nothing brings gray to life faster than clean fresh colours, painting your cabinets a happy colour over simply a white will look amazing with Carrara countertops. Here's a pale yellow one, it's BM Light Khaki or Behr Cream Silk 370E-2.
In general if you go past all the whites and choose a "colour" to go with Carrara then it will simply read white and no longer like a "blue-gray." It's when you are dealing with "whites" that you'll be visually comparing the gray of the countertops with the white or cream you have chosen for the cabinets.
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