With so many patterns and colors—including speckled and vibrant and subtle and subdued—stone complements most any type of kitchen. Here are some tips for selecting the right stone for you
Colors: To best showcase the counter, pick a stone that contrasts with the color of the cabinets. Pair a creamy travertine with a clear-coated cherry, for instance. A monochromatic coupling of Carrara and white lacquer is clean and contemporary but will downplay the stone. Avoid trendy or extreme colors that you (or the next owner) will likely tire of.
Patterns: Don't be afraid of natural veining—it's what makes quarried stone different from most man-made countertop -materials. Variegated patterns also hide stains and grime better than those with uniform coloration.