Countertops, baby!

Something we get asked about A LOT is our countertop selections. We love to use a variety of materials to fit our design scheme, and we really are equal opportunity. Here we are going to outline the pros and cons of using different types of materials. I can’t put an exact price tag on each slab pictured because the prices will vary region to region, but I will denote price point like this:

$–Builder grade, Home Depot/Lowes pricing (generally speaking)

$$–high quality, but affordable.


$$$$-PREMIUM Premium:)


  1. Marble

Marble has always been popular because it is beautiful, and often has a color palette a buyer cannot get from other stones. In previous years, we have seen marble in saturated colors like dark reds and pinks, but more recently, marbles in white and gray are highly desirable .

Calacutta Paonasso–lots of veining with white background. Stunning. $$$
Mystery White–gorgeous swirly veining, but not dark or overwhelming. $$$
Bianco Rhino, Leathered. Love love LOVE the pink vein in this. Need to use it in a bathroom STAT. $$$
Staturario Vein Extra–extra veining is right! So beautiful, with so much depth. $$$$

We used a different batch of this stone in our Delaware project master bath. Check that out here.

Nero Marquina–I am SUPER SUPER into dark tops, and this one is killer. Relatively affordable too! $$

Marble is gorgeous, and we use it in both kitchens and bathrooms all the time. You DO have to take care of it–it can stain and etch, but we believe that adds character!

2. Quartzite

Quartzite has gained major popularity in recent years, mostly because it can be light with gorgeous veining, but it EXTREMELY hard. No staining, no etching. But it is expensive, y’all. But I am a big believer in spending big money on your countertops–you never regret it!

See quartzite countertops in our 2016 Neely kitchen here.

Nuage, great movement and veining, beautiful color. $$$$
Parthenon–that copper vein is OUTSTANDING. My parents purchased this one for their upcoming kitchen reno and I CANT WAIT to see it! $$$$
Sea Pearl–that hint of green is so outstanding. Love the diagonal veining. $$$$
Sea Shell. Lots of vertical veining, great neutral colors without being too white and gray.$$$

Quartzite is a stunning natural stone that is extremely hardwearing. Expensive, but worth it!!

3. Soapstone

WE LOVE SOAPSTONE. One of our favorite materials in recent years, soapstone etches, but is easily buffed, and is naturally antibacterial.

Both of these are Soapstone Black, but the first picture shows that AMAZING green vein much better. $$$
Green Iron Soapstone–I LOVE the green color and crazy veining. I’ve been waiting for a project to use this one in! $$$$
Soapstone Light–gorgeous white vein and high contrast. $$$

View our Soapstone Light waterfall island in our Delaware Project kitchen here.

Soapstone-low contrast with little veining, but stunningly beautiful natural color. $$

Soapstone is on the softer side, but it looks even better with age. You can choose to oil it or leave it natural, and it is beautiful either way. If you love character, soapstone is the stone for you!

4. Granite

Granite has long been the gold standard for countertops that are very hardwearing AND affordable. There are also many beautiful color selections outside of the basic granite colors that we are all used to seeing!

Himalayan White–sorry for the bad cellphone pic, but this one has great white veining with a gray and taupe heathering. $$

To see how we used this in our Colorado Bungalow project, see our post on Natural Wood. We used this on natural hickory cabinets and it was KILLER

Nero Orion, Leathered. Beautiful, with low contrast veining. $$
Steel Grey with ice finish. Love the tone of this one, and it is REALLY affordable. Perfect for a kids bath! They can’t destroy it! $
Silver Waves–another option for dark tops with cool white veins. $$
Alpine White–BIG impact with this one!! $$$$

Bottom line: if you want very little maintenance at a more affordable price, granite is your best bet!

5. Quartz

Quartz is a manmade option for your countertops, but it aint cheap! The cost is essentially the same as a medium premium marble/quartzite, granite. Basically, instead of going to a quarry and bringing out batchess of stone, natural-quartz crystals are mined, then ground into a dust that’s fused with resin binders –they do it under super intense heat to make sure the end result it SUPER hard…like, you can’t bust it with a hammer. I mean, you can, but you know what I mean. Then they add pigments during the process to get the different colors. There is Caesarstone, of course, but lots of stone yards have their own lines. This one is the Colorquartz line from Pacific Shores here in Tulsa.

Statuario Venato–gorgeous contrast, beautiful veining. $$$
Calacatta Sardinia–beautiful moment, lots of gray. $$$
Calacatta Milos–has a larger, lighter vein than the Statuario. Stunning. Used it in the Delaware project kitchen here.

There are also lots of solid colors that look AMAZING with a cool backsplash, like we did in the Mountain Modern kitchen. Quartz is a great option if you want the LEAST amount of maintenance!

Hopefully this was helpful!! All stone from Bedrock International and Pacific Shores!


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