Even more manageable than this soapstone slab are 12-by-12-inch stone squares, which lay out in a grid just like ceramic tiles. Use unsanded grout for tighter joints and a smoother surface that better approximates the look of seamless stone.
Granite tile looks high-end if you finish the edges with a 1½
-inch bullnose. And compared with about $90 a square foot for an installed slab, it's also a bargain. About $25 per square, Benissimo