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, but 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.
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If you prefer matte surfaces, consider honed marble. Slabs like these are ground to achieve a smooth, flat surface with a matte finish. In this cooking space by Construction Resources out of Atlanta, Georgia, a honed Pietra gray marble countertop gives a rustic kitchen island a chic lift.Continue to 2 of 16 below.
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Snow white Thassos marble countertops make a big splash in this thoroughly modern kitchen by Homepolish interior designer Daniela Malca. The floor is blue cement tile. The beautiful backsplash is mother-of-pearl tile. Gold accents including the brass faucet and cabinet hardware bring the bling.Continue to 3 of 16 below.
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Mystery White and Shaker Style
When designing this lovely shaker style kitchen, the interior designers at Utah based, Studio McGee went with a soft neutral palette. Here soft gray cabinetry and a white backsplash are combined with Mystery White marble countertops.Continue to 5 of 16 below.
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Blue 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 6 of 16 below.
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Carrera Marble 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 a matching backsplash. Topping off the kitchen island is maple butcher block.Continue to 7 of 16 below.
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White Himalaya in a Black Kitchen
White Himalaya marble countertops brighten this stunning black kitchen by April Tomlin Interiors based in Nashville, Tennessee. 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 8 of 16 below.
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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 9 of 16 below.
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Chic in Black
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 10 of 16 below.
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Honed Black and White
A honed black marble countertop is perched on a traditional kitchen island in this bright cooking space by Strickland Mateljan Architecture based in Ontario, Canada. The shaker cabinets are a paint shade called Cloud White by Benjamin Moore.Continue to 11 of 16 below.
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Engineered Quartz and Natural Marble
Engineered quartz and natural marble are a beautiful duo in this stylish black and white cooking space by Homepolish designer, Natalie Chianese. The kitchen island has a white quartz countertop by Caesarstone. Against the wall are a Calacatta marble countertop and a matching backsplash.Continue to 12 of 16 below.
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Mix and Match
These days kitchen designers are mixing and matching countertop materials. Case in point, this contemporary cooking space by California company Brooke Wagner Design. The kitchen island is Carrera marble. The black counter along the wall is soapstone.Continue to 13 of 16 below.
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Classic White Kitchen
White kitchens offer enduring style. This New York Upper West Side kitchen by Ethelind Coblin Architect situated in New York City proves the point. The cooking space features cream cabinetry and white, gray-veined marble countertops. The oak table that doubles as a kitchen island also has a marble topper.Continue to 15 of 16 below.
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This Calacatta gold marble kitchen island is a standout for its timeless style. Atlanta, Georgia based interior design firm, Construction Resources combined the luxurious stone countertop with brass hardware and gold lined pendant lights to bring out the material's lovely gold and gray veins.Continue to 16 of 16 below.
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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.
For this busy kitchen in a family home, California based design firm, Lauren Shadid Architecture went with a quartzite countertop. The fireplace surround is also natural quartzite.