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What stone would go best in this kitchen?

LML Real Estate
November 7, 2019

Our first choice was copacabana granite. Beautiful slabs broke during delivery. The only other bundle that we found In Illinois was not classy looking and more on the crazy looking side. We still went with it. Now it was not installed properly and we have a chance to change it.

Should we find another black countertop top or would you go with lighter. Ps. It looks way better in reality, doesn’t look too dark to us. But was wondering what kind of stone would you put?

Comments (56)

  • PRO
    LML Real Estate

    Gabana slab is beautiful in real life, but not sure how it would turn out.

  • eam44

    Or Tahitian Cream/Taj Mahal if you like that look. Or how about Cristallo? The thing is you have two-toned cabinets that really make a statement, and now you want your counter material to make one too. It really helps to pick a focal point. I think your image of Gabana is probably better than any of the beige quartzite alternatives.


    Tahitian Cream

  • PRO
    LML Real Estate

    That’s a cool one as well! Don’t remember seeing it at the store. What would be your choice light or dark?

  • weedmeister

    A rolling stone. It would gather no moss.

  • typeandrun

    Taj Mahal leathered finish

  • thinkdesignlive

    I really think you need to stay in the dark family - something with a lot of black. Otherwise your back wall will not make sense. The current counter works nicely - why not replace with same.

  • eam44

    You know, I see the design statement you were making. I wouldn't have chosen any of your materials because my home is less formal, but I see the beauty of the design and the way you've pulled it together. I would stick with your original vision and keep the black. I mentioned Marinace granite earlier today. It might be a fit for you - it's a very particular look.



  • PRO
    LML Real Estate

    @Eam44 I personally agree that countertop should not have veiny quartz on it. Taj Mahal is our second option right now.
    We looked at quartz because every single friend said that it is the best looking countertop and we should get that. I really don’t think so. That’s why I’m here))

  • typeandrun

    ok I changed my mind

    Absolute black granite, and I think it is sometimes called Nero black granite

    I even found it on cabinets similar to yours, scroll down

    http://www.solidstonecountertops.com/sale-10030885-black-natural-granite-countertops-high-density-solid-black-granite-countertops.html

  • thinkdesignlive

    Maybe Grover or someone with photoshop skills will chime in. The black in the back wall is very striking and if you pair that with a light island I think you will end up with the kitchen feeling like two separate halves. The back wall counter top could be solid black absolute granite either polished or honed and the island could stay dynamic (but with a lot of black). I don’t see a light counter at all in your space. I could have seen light counters if the black was not done on the back wall cabinets.

  • eam44

    Yeah - friends are awesome - they're not always right. Quartz would be lovely but it's just not that kind of space.

  • PRO
    LML Real Estate

    We can’t find another black granite like this and apparently it’s a piece of garbage very fragile. That’s why they don’t sell it. That was our first slab that broke. I would be happy with that one

  • thinkdesignlive

    I like the Marianne that eam posted. That works. And I’d pair it with the back counter in absolute black.

  • thinkdesignlive

    Auto corrected Marinace to Marianne. Sheesh.

  • PRO
    LML Real Estate

    Thanks guys!
    Back countertops will be getting ripped off. We are replacing it all

  • jemimabean

    I’m seconding the vote for soapstone. While it is soft, it isn’t terribly so. We just lived in a house with it for five years and it looked the exact same when we moved out as it did when we moved in. I wouldn’t rule it out!

  • PRO
    Beth H. :

    I saw this slab at one of my stone places and had never seen anything like it. It's White Soapstone.


    If you want drama and black, this one, and these others would fit the bill







    what about the cambria nero marquino?


    Blue Roma Rome



    The colors in the Patagonia would be perfect



  • Ruuya Ismail

    I would recommend soap stone or waterfall stone. Or even marble or Quartz

  • Ruuya Ismail

    The blue Roma Rome is nice

  • Ruuya Ismail

    And the Cambrian too

  • Ruuya Ismail

    cambria

  • Jora

    OH NO, am I the ONLY one who likes the stone you. have in place?

    LOVE LOVE it!

  • Ruuya Ismail

    What stone would u prefer to have in your kitchen Jora

  • Ruuya Ismail

    I would want soapstone and I’m thinking about getting it

  • Jora

    Ruuya - I prefer natural stone. We just replaced out tiled countertops with Cristallo quartzite.

    When looking down at the stone, it has depth beyond words. :)

    I don't even know what soapstone looks like, although seems like every other post on Houzz is about someone either wanting it, or putting on in. :)

  • Gcubed

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  • PRO
    Home Art Tile Kitchen & Bath

    I think gray soapstone would look stunning in this kitchen.


  • teddytoo

    Soapstone would be so beautiful! I’m not a designer but I believe it fits the mid century modern style as well.

  • PRO
    Diana Bier Interiors, LLC

    I'd use polished Absolute Black granite in your kitchen. Soapstone is lovely but it has a more rustic country vibe, and your kitchen is very modern and more formal. No heavy veining to let your beautiful cabinets be the focal point.

  • thinkdesignlive

    From what Beth posted I like the Cambria Nero Marquina or the Patagonia - there is enough black in those to ‘make sense’ with the back wall and to ‘marry’ both sides of the kitchen. I love soapstone but not in this kitchen. It doesn’t have any deep dark black in it IMO for this kitchen. Keep us posted with your kitchen - would love to see how it turns out!

  • thinkdesignlive

    Actually Diana brings up a good point. What are you planning for your backsplash? The Absolute Black Granite in both your back wall and island would allow you to add something interesting for the backsplash. If you pick one of the splashy options for countertops you really want your backsplash to be background and very plain.

  • sheepla

    What you currently have is totally not my style but it is stunning.

  • mainenell

    Hidden Treasure I think would look nice. But it, too, is kind of fragile. Lots of black with white veining and sometimes rusty colored streaks.

    I actually do like what is there. A lot! It’s bold and goes well with your cabinets. It just takes a second to appreciate the combination.

  • Jeanne Seefus

    I think the one you have is stunning. Looks like artwork.

  • Kirsten E.

    Love your cabinets! Following to see what you choose!

  • PRO
    LML Real Estate

    So many comments! Thanks for your opinions and input. After reading all your thoughts we are back to loving black, I think light cream/beige color will look pretty good too (like Taj Mahal), but we want drama! You gave us confidence and now are choices are:

    Gabana still for the light. It’s pretty magically looking in real life. It looks like lightning strikes in 3D... very unique, that’s why prefer it over Taj Mahal. But. Taj is also on the list

    We don’t consider marble or soapstone, my husband won’t allow. Granite, quartzite or quartz. Quartz is kinda way too black and fake looking. So it is very last resort.

    For black we are going to consider now Belvedere quartzite in leathered finish (Matt and a little textured).

  • PRO
    LML Real Estate

    Our cabinets don’t look good with grays.
    For backsplash we are going with very neutral color maybe couple tones lighter than cabinets but will try to be in the same family of the color. Might do rained tiles in couple spot or textured. I’ll attach pics of ideas If anyone is interested.

    And here a picture of one of the stones at that store.

  • PRO
    LML Real Estate

    I wish it was less busy but I’m still happy with it. Here’s another example of a kitchen with Belvedere

  • darbuka

    Not all soapstone is soft. We put in a hard variety, Belvedere, almost four years ago. Haven’t had one chip or scratch. We love it. Impervious to everything, it doesn’t stain or etch, or show fingerprints, like some black granites. Soapstone is smooth, sensuous, and never gets cold, even in the cold northeast. It’s a breeze to clean, too.

    There is a lot of misinformation about soapstone. Find yourself a soapstone dealer (not a stone yard that mostly sells granite, marble and quartzite.), and get educated.

    I don’t know where you’re located, but M. Teixeira (where we got ours), has locations across the country. Dorado Soapstone, and Vermont Soapstone, are two others. Could be a good idea to call Teixeira. If you’re out of their delivery range, they might know of a store nearer you, that they partner with. Worth a try.

    Good luck!

  • RedRyder

    The Belvedere samples you show are pretty great. They all look like they would marry the two elements in your very unique kitchen. Leathered looks the best to me.
    I’d hold off getting a backsplash until the new countertop is installed.

  • just_janni

    That Marinace granite would be awesome.


    Consider Vermont Slate in a cleft finish. Have it in my master bath and I LOVE how it looks and feels - the texture is not as busy as a leather and a good slate is GREAT for counters.


  • eam44

    You don’t have to tell your husband that Belvedere is soapstone...

  • PRO
    LML Real Estate

    On the pictures i posted is Belvedere quartzite. We CAN get that)))

  • Kristin S

    If you like the look of soapstone but not the softer stone, what about one of the granites with a similar look? Virginia Mist, Nero Mist, Black Mist, Negresco, and Via Lactea are some of the names it goes by.



  • RedRyder

    Wow. That’s pretty!

  • PRO
    Diana Bier Interiors, LLC

    Kristin S brings up a really good option. Jet Mist is a wonderful granite that would work great in your kitchen. I have honed JM, but I think polished would work better in your more modern/contemporary space.

  • Kristin S

    And as a bonus, at least around me, it's quite inexpensive, especially compared to quartzite.

  • eam44

    You’re not the first person on Houzz to be told that it’s quartzite, but if karin-mt hasn’t seen a black quartzite in her career as a geologist, most likely neither have you. You should do the glass scratch test. Or just get it if you like it.

  • eveuchan

    Who’s the manufacturer of your cabinets? I love them.

  • chispa

    Marinace Granite has A LOT of pink/salmon ... not a direction you want to go in!

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