We recently rounded up the best kitchen color trends of 2019 and one color trend in particular stuck out as a favorite – combining dark toned cabinetry with dark countertops. The kitchen above is a perfect example of that look. And while there is no denying the beauty of classic white marble, there are so many alternatives that are a bit off the beaten path yet so, so pretty. Below you’ll find six kitchen countertop options that will inspire you to rethink your marble plans.
Made from quarried stone, the dark hue of soapstone is so beautiful when paired with lighter cabinets or a monochromatic black or navy cabinetry. It has the deeper coloring of granite paired with the soft veining of marble for an old-world feel that is relatively low-maintenance.
Cost: $70 – $120 sq. ft.
Maintenance: low-maintenance, non-porous, a bit easier to scratch or chip. Needs to be oiled regularly.
Terrazzo is literally everywhere these days, making a resurgence in everything from small accessories, to furniture and now kitchens. Small marble or recycled glass chips are cast into a slab to make this eco-friendly countertop. The cost is on the highest end but there are faux terrazzo countertops that will give you the look for way less.
Cost: $125 – 250 a linear ft.
Maintenance: Low-maintenance, extremely durable.
Interior Design and Photography: Avenue Design Studio
Interior Design: Maria Marinina
If you just can’t shake the idea of a stunning white marble moment, Quartz is a standout option. With the same look and feel of traditional marble, quartz is extremely durable. You won’t find water rings or red wine stains here.
Cost: $50 – 100 sq. ft.
Maintenance: Highly durable and non-porous so no sealing required.
Interior Design: Chris Loves Julia
Concrete countertops aren’t just for ultra modern kitchens. They can take on an earthy, rustic feel or a more modern classic vibe depending on the style.
Cost: up to $150 sq.ft.
Maintenance: Requires annual sealing, extremely durable, won’t scratch but can sometimes crack. Once it cracks, it’s hard to fix
Interior Design and Photography: Kate Zimmerman Turpine
Add warmth and texture to your space with butcher block or wood countertops. The beauty of these countertops lies in the patina that they develop over time.
Cost: $40 – $65 sq. ft.
Maintenance: low heat resistance, requires periodic oiling, nicks and blemishes can be easily sanded down and reoiled.
via: deVOL Kitchens
via: deVOL Kitchens
Leave it to Nate Berkus to make industrial stainless steel countertops look all-together elegant and chic. This insanely durable material, most notable for its use in commercial kitchens, is virtually indestructible
Cost: $75 – $150 sq.ft.
Maintenance: Extremely durable, can scratch or dent if using lower gauge metal
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Erin Lepperd is an interior designer – turned digital media editor with a penchant for breathtaking interiors. When she’s not gabbing about design, you’ll find her wrangling her wild and wonderful 5-year-old twins, brunching like it’s her job and exploring the wilds of New England as a California transplant.