Our Best Stone Kitchen Countertop Ideas for a Stylish Kitchen Surface

white kitchen marble island rattan chairs
Photo: Joyelle West

Stone countertops are both durable and versatile. Browse our collection of favorite stone countertop materials, including high-end granite, vintage-style soapstone, and custom concrete, to find the right surface for your kitchen.

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Stone Shopping Tips

Integrated Granite countertop Sink
Andreas Trauttmansdorff

Stone naturally varies in color and pattern, so make sure you pick one to coordinate with your kitchen. Try taking a large sample back to your house to see how it fits your space instead of relying on a small piece. Double-check the exact slab you're buying to guarantee you like the look before purchasing your stone countertop.

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Granite Countertops

connecting granite counter and backsplash in kitchen
Rett Peek Jr

Granite countertops add a rich, natural look to your kitchen. Granite is popular because it provides a virtually maintenance-free and scratch-, stain-, and heat-resistant surface option after it’s been sealed. Plus, it comes in a variety of color and veining options.

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Brown Granite Countertops

speckled granite
Jean Allsopp

The color palette for this kitchen is based on the dusty lavender and organic brown undertones of the granite countertops. Featured on the island and surrounding surfaces, the stone material produces a timeless neutral color scheme that continues on the cabinetry, backsplash, island, and flooring.

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Black Granite Countertops

glossy black granite countertop
Philip Harvey

A 3-inch-thick black granite countertop is the perfect stone to contrast a back-painted glass backsplash. The smooth, glossy finish of the granite transitions almost seamlessly to the backsplash, giving the kitchen a sleek, modern look.

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Flamed Granite Countertops

Flamed-granite countertop
Emily Followill

Flamed granite countertops have a distinct texture that gives them a timeworn look. This aged character is created by extreme heat that causes the material's grain to burst and change color. The speckles in this flamed granite countertop add texture to the neutral kitchen.

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Quartz Countertops

white kitchen with marble counters
John Granen

Quartz is one of the most common types of engineered stone countertop. Made from ground stone particles combined with resin and pigments, quartz is nonporous and offers supreme stain resistance. These quartz kitchen countertops mimic the look of marble while complementing the gray undertones of the cabinetry and floor tile.

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Quartz Surfacing

Simple and Subtle Style countertop
Emily Minton-Redfield

Quartz countertops, alternatively called quartz surfacing, come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. And unlike natural stone, quartz comes in uniform slabs, making it easy to pair tiles and slabs. The matte, uniform look of this kitchen's quartz surfacing is simple yet sophisticated, and it's a low-maintenance alternative to natural stone. The gray-green tint adds subtle color to the room as well.

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Limestone Countertops

Caramel-color limestone
Ed Gohlich

Limestone is a timeless natural stone that comes in neutral shades, including white, beige, brown, gray, and red. Because it is porous, it is sensitive to stains and requires regular upkeep. In this white kitchen, caramel-color limestone adds warmth. The color adds a casual look to the traditional limestone countertop.

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Seagrass Limestone Countertops

navy kitchen
Brie Williams

Seagrass limestone is a natural stone that features fossilized shells and comes in a soft shade of green. This seagrass limestone countertop brings texture and visual interest to the traditional kitchen. The subtle speckles and veining tie in the muted color with the green backsplash.

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Marble Countertops

white kitchen marble island rattan chairs
Joyelle West

Marble is one of the most popular natural stones, thanks to its timeless beauty and unique veining. However, it is a luxury option that requires regular maintenance to ward off stains and scratches. Marble countertops come in many colorways, including black, white, gray, green, red, and pink. Here, a 2-inch-thick marble slab provides a striking island surface.

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Soapstone Countertops

Soapstone kitchen countertop
Megan Chaffin

Soapstone is a classic natural stone surface. Because it often incorporates talc, the material has a milky appearance, which looks especially fitting in vintage, traditional, and cottage kitchens. Unlike many natural stones, soapstone does not require sealing and is nonporous. This soapstone countertop beautifully contrasts the crisp white cabinetry and marble backsplash. The combination of dark matte countertops with the sleek white color palette gives the kitchen a sophisticated look.

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Modern Soapstone Countertops

dark green tiled kitchen with larch-wood cabinets with cutout handles
Kim Cornelison

Soapstone countertops aren't limited to rustic-style applications. In this contemporary kitchen, sleek black soapstone countertops contrast slab wood cabinetry and green glazed wall tiles. Black accents continue on the faucet, hardware, and task lighting.

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Pietra del Cardosa Countertops

Pietra del Cardosa marble countertop
Michael Partenio

Pietra del Cardosa is a compressed sandstone countertop material made from granite particles. An elegant Pietra del Cardosa countertop on this island provides a handsome workspace, perfect for quick cleanup after meal preparation. The 2-1/2-inch thick honed stone surface matches the profile of the stainless-steel countertops around the perimeter of the room.

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Customizable Concrete Countertops

Concrete countertops
James R. Salomon

Concrete countertops can be customized to the ideal color and thickness for any kitchen. These countertops were slightly tinted to complement the pine-paneled walls and dark maple floors, giving the room a cohesive look.

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Solid Surfacing

Faux countertop Stone
Jay Wilde

Want to get the look of stone countertop but on a tight budget? Solid surfacing comes in a variety of colors and patterns, and it can give your kitchen the look of more expensive materials like stone for a much lower price. This manufactured countertop material, sometimes known as Corian, is made of resin and pigment, and can be easily customized to suit your color preference and countertop design.

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