Friday, 4 May 2012

Granite or marble countertops?

Help! I can't decide whether to go for granite countertops or marble countertops for my kitchen!

I wrote a post about this a while ago, and now, when it comes to making the final decision with my contractor, I can't make up my mind!

My dream kitchens have always featured white marble countertops with a simple square edge.

 I love that the white marble backsplash matches the countertop. It's so simple and beautiful. The white trim above the backsplash is such an elegant detail.

Loi Thai's kitchen
I am absolutely in love with this kitchen of Loi Thai, my new blogger and Pinterest friend! Notice that the backsplash is also similar to the photo above - the same marble of the countertops.

Another view of the beautiful kitchen.

Brooke Giannetti's kitchen
This kitchen which belongs to another one of my favourite bloggers, Brooke Giannetti, also has white marble for the countertops that I fell in love with. The marble is less thicker than usual countertops which I find elegant.

House Beautiful
The kitchen in the photo above is more modern, but the white marble complements it beautifully.  I adore this kitchen and its sleek and simple lines. 

But, I also love the look of black granite countertops like these, and the cost is lower than marble.

i Gigi

Belgian Pearls
Notice that there's no backsplash in this kitchen, too? Just a trim of the black granite. Simple and elegant.

Katrin Cargill
The island has beautiful granite countertop. I love the pairing of the polished countertop with the aged wood from the console table beside the window. It's a perfect complement perfect and patina.

House Beautiful
Another kitchen with beautiful black countertops.

Timeless Living
This modern and simple kitchen is similar to the other modern kitchen I posted above, but this time with black countertops. Which one do you like better? I can't decide.

Or maybe a mix of both materials in one kitchen like this?

Cote de Texas
In terms of practicality, marble dulls and is more prone to stains. Black granite will not show stains and is stronger than marble against dents and scratches.

But at the same time, I adore the intricate grain of marble and I actually don't mind scratches and stains (okay, maybe a little bit). But I've learned to appreciate the beauty of patina.

If cost was not an issue, I would have chosen marble in the blink of an eye. So now I am weighing down the pros and cons of both of these stones.

What would your personal choice be? I really can't decide now. Help!


  1. Honed marble would be my absolute first choice without a doubt. Four of my friends just redid their kitchen and had the same dilemma in deciding between marble vs granite. All four ended up going with the marble and love it. It will etch over time but it's not noticeable unless you lean down and look at it from an angle. Marble is beautiful and timeless. If it were me, I would go with the marble and not look back. -All of my friends also have young children and still took the plunge without any regrets. Good luck!

    1. Thanks so much for your helpful comment! I'm convinced to go with marble now! Just need to see whether my budget will let me!

  2. Love your blog. Can you do a post on plain bedsheet vs patterned bedsheet? Thanks

    1. Hi Nisa! Sure! Thank you for the suggestion! :-)

  3. I love my granite counters! :) Well, we had a marble countertop in my grandma’s house before. It’s beautiful, but I have to say that granite is a much stronger stone than marble. It is able to resist scratches and stains better than our old marble one. I have had my granite counters for almost five years, and it still looks fantastic! Granite in general, has a complex pattern, which, I guess is why it hides stains better. And my kitchen looks more stylish and contemporary with them!

  4. I’m glad you went with marble! Marble countertops, for me are more reliable and practical because they serve two functions. One is it can make your kitchen look luxurious and clean and two, marble countertops are durable and easy to clean. My marble countertops are still surviving after all these years because I maintain them properly. I’m sure yours will last long too if you know how to take care of it. =)

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  8. I adore my rock counters! :) Well, we had a marble ledge in my grandmother's home some time recently. It's lovely, however I need to say that rock is a much more grounded stone than marble. It can oppose scratches and recolors superior to our old marble one. I have had my stone counters for just about five years, despite everything it looks phenomenal! Rock when all is said in done, has an intricate example, which, I figure is the reason it covers up stains better. Furthermore, my kitchen looks more a la mode and contemporary with them! Lynnwood Quartz Contractors

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