Natural stone is a classic choice for kitchen countertops, but it does require maintenance.
Marble, soapstone and Jerusalem stone are just some of the natural stones used for kitchen countertops. Bakers love to knead dough on cold marble, but it’s recommended you use it sparingly as a countertop material because it’s soft, stains easily and chips. Soapstone won’t crack like other stones, but it will dent if it gets hit with something hard. The dents give it a used, stressed look that some people really like. It comes in many colors and gives the room a soft, warm feel. Jerusalem stone (which does come from Jerusalem) looks like limestone but is as durable as granite.