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Choosing the Best Stone Countertop for Your Kitchen Design

by Shannon Dauphin

Few things in your kitchen design can match the beauty and rustic warmth of a stone countertop. Stone countertops come in so many types, designs, and finishes that you are sure to find one that meets your needs. Here are the most popular options.

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Stone Countertops and Kitchen Design: Your Most Popular Options

Ready to dive into the luxurious world of stone countertops? Consider the following:

  • Very dark granite is a great way to create a more masculine kitchen. It also complements any decor, especially if your cabinets are a darker color as well, such as a deep maple. Stainless steel appliances alongside granite countertops are always a winning combination.
  • The muted colors of soapstone, slate, or limestone can add a rustic feel to your kitchen. Pair the stone countertop with old-fashioned cabinets and accents to bring out a more "country" ambiance.
  • Light-colored marble works wonders with glass-fronted cabinets or lighter woods, such as a simple pine. Everything from pale yellow and tan to nearly white stone can provide the beauty you want without detracting from those unique cabinets or a stunning floor.
  • Thicker stone countertops have more visual heft than thinner ones, and that can make your kitchen look even more opulent. Opt for thinner stone when you are going to for a particular look, such as the classic French kitchen design.
  • Natural veining in your stone is a great way to make the countertops look even more stunning. Pairing a natural heavy veining with a thicker countertop and highly polished finish can impart a look of sophistication for a modern kitchen design.

Your kitchen countertop is something to live with for a long time, so make sure it imparts the look and feel you want and enhances your ultimate kitchen design.

About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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