Designers certainly each have their own style and their "go to" materials -- marble countertops would definitely be considered one of my signature looks. As you can see from this remodel project, we used all marble kitchen countertops throughout (including on the island) and then carried the same material up the wall for the backsplash. Marble is certainly more expensive than other materials and, admittedly, can be harder to maintain because of how finicky they are. But for most (including myself), the gorgeous design they bring certainly make it worth it. Sure you can find granite countertops colors in similar grey and white shades, but it just isn't the same as a great Carrara marble in my opinion.
Some people may consider me "basic" but I love marble countertops, whether they are paired with simple white cabinets or used with cool ashy wood units like they did in this modern style home. Kitchen countertop ideas are one of those things that you do not pay attention to until you have to make decisions for your own home (or somebody elses). Nobody really has "dream countertops" per say, but rather base the material off of what is currently trending, what is cost efficient, or simply what looks good with the decor theme that are using. Marble countertops cost a bit more than some other materials that are on the market (think granite, solid surface, laminate etc) but I think that the overall look is definitely worth it.
These charcoal grey marble countertops look so stunning against the deep black cabinetry used throughout this gigantic open floor plan kitchen. This is the first time I have ever seen dark grey and black kitchen design ideas that I actually like -- usually I prefer all white rooms -- but this place is just beautiful. I especially love how they brought the luxurious marble all the way up the walls and behind the range. It really completes the look and makes it feel so luxe. The designer certainly chose the best kitchen countertops for the cabinet finish, as they compliment each other so nicely. Not to mention, the distressed greyish floors prevent those darker colors from overwhelming the space.
Is it just me or does anybody else think that marble countertops absolutely make a kitchen come alive. This homeowner obviously shares my sentiment, because they mimicked their countertop ideas all the way up the wall through the backsplash and even around the windows. In general, I tend to gravitate towards minimalistic decor anyways, so I am totally down for as few materials in a space as possible. Simple white cabinets, marble accents, and polished nickel fixtures are the perfect balance for me. I definitely would give this marble kitchen a 10 out 10 for design points and, realistically, will probably try to replicate this same look in our next house (or who knows maybe the one we are currently in).
I know that some people consider marble countertops to be overdone at this point, but I still think that they are very much on trend and will remain so for years to come. I do get excited when I see people use white marble countertops alongside cabinet styles and color palettes different than the ordinary all white kitchens that you see so often. This home went for a Spanish mission style vibe that I am totally here for and, unexpectedly, opted for the classic ultra white marble look as opposed to a tile or granite like I would have expected. Marble definitely does trump granite countertops cost, but I think that it is a more updated and on trend look that will still stand the test of time.
Marble countertops are by far my favorite kitchen accessory because they can class up any space, whether it already has gorgeous soft grey cabinets like this home, or even if they are a bit outdated. The best countertops stand the test of time style-wise (as well as durability) and blend well with just about any cabinet finish or trim work. This kitchen is quite traditional, but you could just as easily put these countertops in an ultra modern home with black cabinetry, and they would look just as good. In my opinion you can never go wrong with a gray and white kitchen because these are colors that simply never go out of style. Marble is certainly an investment, but one that I think it certainly worth making.