Before I started Design*Sponge, I knew little to nothing about basic home materials. I had only ever been a renter, so I knew more about wood paneling, linoleum and fake terra cotta tile than anything else. But after publishing thousands of homes here over the past 13 years, I’ve gotten to see some exciting materials and options that I never knew were possible. And while marble gets most of the love these days, my heart belongs to soapstone. Soapstone doesn’t stain, it’s heat resistant, and its dark black color helps define a space in an instant. I love it in just about every form and the way it seems to blend effortlessly into both modern and traditional homes. So today I’m sharing 10 of my favorites to hopefully inspire your next kitchen project. xo, grace

Image above: Eva’s kitchen remodel pairs a deep soapstone sink with reclaimed wooden countertops. 


I love the way modern soapstone counters mix with antique wooden cabinets in this Connecticut farmhouse. 



Sleek, modern soapstone counters in a home at Remodelista.


This architect’s cottage uses contrasting soapstone and light wooden cabinets to create a chic, minimal space.


I love the contrast of modern toile wallpaper and dark soapstone counters in this painter’s home.


This Los Angeles home contrasts dark soapstone counters with lighter marble tiled floors.


Lyndsay and Fitzhugh’s Brooklyn home uses dark soapstone to contrast against the all-white interior.

Design*Sponge | Leah Verwey Photo

Design*Sponge | Leah Verwey Photo

This Portland, Oregon home (both photos above) proves soapstone counters blend well with farmhouse sinks and craftsman style.


This Massachusetts home has glossy soapstone countertops.


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