Marble, natural stone and porcelain — with veins as prominent as blue cheese, in the best way — have been hitting homes. We're here for the drama! Galactic black to caramel brown and bold streaky white, we can't decide which we like best. Read on for kitchens to inspire your next overhaul.

Eclectic kitchen with mixed materials

This exciting kitchen by Marla Nazzicone Design is no shrinking violet.  Mixed materials make for a wildly interesting place to enjoy morning coffee.  It's like having your own swanky restaurant at home.  The island stone has a leathered finish.  Solid brass lines the front of the island and the hood, and there's walnut cabinetry in the fray too.

Streamlined black and white kitchen with no upper cabinets

Tranquil Sophistication

No one said the white kitchen went away - it just got edgier.  In this minimalistic design, Caesarstone's inky black quartz countertop is both seamless and sculptural.  Classic black - part of the brand's Dark Collection - is a heady foil to white cabinetry, beautifully balancing it and grounding it.  Eschewing upper cabinets is perfect for those who dislike clutter (all of us, really). 

Marble kitchen with black cabinetry and pale wood

A Fine Balance

Tucked inside a 1930s home, is this standout kitchen by Shauna Walton Design.  The design merges marble (on the island and backsplash), quartz (topping the island), black cabinetry, antique brass sconces and a very cool linear light.  A shelf elegantly skirts along the back wall to display treasures.  Wood floors and stools soften the room.

White kitchen with gold and white marble

Understated Luxury

Glorious gold-veined marble wraps the countertop and part of the wall in designer Katie Rowe's Edwardian home.  While this isn't the loudest marble of the bunch, its markings are more prominent than the average kitchen's.  Dangly naked-bulb pendants and a fully loaded shelf inject a casual vibe.

Close-up of marble sink and window

A Slice of Greenery

Here's a close-up of Katie Rowe's sink situation.  Isn't that window perfectly placed? A garden view is exactly what you want when doing dishes.

Wood Pantry and marble backsplash in kitchen

Pantry Panache

And here's the pantry area on the flipside.  Dramatic marble looks incredible against grainy wood.  It's a much warmer pairing over white if you're after richness and depth.  Pottery and plants add a casual touch.

Brick-walled kitchen with little painting

Heritage Twist

In this fantastic design, Montreal's Melanie Cherrier and Laurence Pons of Blanc Marine Living brought together marble, brick, black cabinetry and blond wood for an absolute stunning result.  We love the dramatic, heritage charm.  The portrait with its own library light is a great touch.

Dark cabinetry in kitchen with marble backsplash

Handsome Opulence

While the marble in this kitchen is conspicuous, it doesn't overwhelm thanks to all that dark, elegant cabinetry.  Inset lighting along the backsplash ensure the beautiful backsplash gets its due - and is also a functional addition to the space.

Kitchen with splashy porcelain-look marble

Splashy Style

This sizzling-hot kitchen feels both of the moment and yesteryear.  Shaker cabinets, lashed in throwback gree, straddle the old-school line, but splashy porcelain-look marble is very today.  File under #stunning.  The design is by You Should Stay Here, a boutique studio that designs vacation homes.  Check out this kitchen in Tidy, Ont., in person!

Dark cabinets with marble backsplash and gold hardware

Rich Details

Mixed materials are all the rage, as seen in this design by AyA Kitchens.  The combo unites rich grey cabinetry, wood accents (that vent!) and brass hardware - as well as a smudged marble backsplash.  Wood shelves bring a relaxed feel to the scene.  Finally, a spot to rest all those mini plants you don't know what to do with.

Luxury marble kitchen

The Perfect Mix

In this enthralling kitchen built by Devco Custom Homes and designed by Denise Morrison Interiors, the marble seamlessly skirts over the hood vent, the backsplash and along the countertops.  The use of darker marble on the island adds drama to the space, while wood shelving looks casually refined.

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