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Marble Counters are a Chic Kitchen Staple
There are gazillions of kitchens with beautiful marble countertops on Instagram and Pinterest, making it easy to become obsessed with the natural material after scrolling your feeds. While there is no doubt marble is gorgeous, we would be remiss for not letting you know it is a bit high maintenance. First off, it is a lot softer than good old granite so instead of chopping directly on top of marble, grab a cutting board to avoid scratching. The stone is also porous, which means spills that are not immediately cleaned up can stain -- hello red wine!
The good news? Marble has plenty of pros. Marble is heat resistant — to help keep a marble countertop looking its best experts say piping hot pots and pans should be placed on top of a kitchen towel, pot holder, or trivet. Also, sealing a marble countertop on a yearly basis will help it resist stains and light scratches. Another good to know, there are many different types of marble to choose from — here we share our favorites.Continue to 2 of 17 below.
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Pietra Gray Honed Marble CountertopContinue to 3 of 17 below.
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White Thassos Marble CountertopsContinue to 4 of 17 below.
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Beautiful Blue and Gold Marble CountertopContinue to 5 of 17 below.
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Blue Marble Countertop and Matching Backsplash
A kitchen in a traditional home in Bethesda, Maryland got a fresh new look courtesy of interior design firm, Ella Scott Design. The chic yet homey cooking space features a blue marble countertop paired with a matching backsplash. Additional features stick with the cooking space's mostly cool-hued palette. Most notably, the stainless steel Wolf range, brushed nickel cabinets knobs, and chrome faucet.Continue to 7 of 17 below.
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Carrera Marble Paired With Butcher Block
Wood and marble are a fantastic pair in this rustic modern kitchen with a Scandinavian vibe by Homepolish designer Erika Yeaman. Stained oak cabinets give this cooking space a touch of rugged appeal. Along the wall are a Carrera marble countertop and matching backsplash. Topping off the kitchen island is maple butcher block.Continue to 8 of 17 below.
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White Himalaya Marble Countertops
White Himalaya marble countertops brighten this stunning black kitchen by April Tomlin Interiors based in Nashville, Tennessee. But the marble goodness does not stop there. Covering the walls are black marble tile set in a herringbone pattern. Two gold polyhedron pendant lights bring a touch of glam to the table. Never be afraid to mix metals. Additional metallic accents include the brushed nickel cabinet knobs and chrome faucet.Continue to 9 of 17 below.
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Delano Marble Countertop Lends Drama
Add some zing to your white cooking space with a Delano Marble countertop as shown on this kitchen island. The team behind Brooke Wagner Design based in Newport Beach, California did not want to detract from the natural stone's dramatic gray lines, so they painted the island the same shade as the cabinets and chose see-through Lucite bar stools. The dark countertop lining the wall is soapstone.Continue to 10 of 17 below.
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Chic Kitchen With Black Marble Countertops
When we saw this black marble countertop and book-matched marble backsplash, it was love at first sight. Swan Architecture situated in Minneapolis, Minnesota created this cooking space with the goal of marrying retro Hollywood style with modern Hollywood glam. The accomplished their mission by blending the marble features with glitzy accents including the gold velvet bar stools and chic pendant lighting.Continue to 11 of 17 below.
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Honed Black Marble Countertop in a White KitchenContinue to 12 of 17 below.
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Engineered Quartz and Natural MarbleContinue to 13 of 17 below.
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Mix and Match Stone MaterialsContinue to 14 of 17 below.
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Crema Marfil Marble Countertop
Stone countertops come in a broad range of soothing natural hues. In this cooking space spotted on Centsational Style, a soft beige, Crema Marfil marble countertop sets the tone for a pale, green glass tile backsplash.Continue to 15 of 17 below.
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Classic White Kitchen With Marble CountertopsContinue to 16 of 17 below.
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Calacatta Gold Marble Kitchen IslandContinue to 17 of 17 below.
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Natural Stone That Looks Exactly Like Real Marble
Let's say that you really want natural marble, but you are very concerned about the material's long-term durability. Enter quartzite. It looks exactly like marble, and it too is natural stone. Even better, it is perfect for busy kitchens that experience daily wear and tear.