Soapstone countertops, like the ones in this kitchen by Jarrett Design, offer a soft look but can also look great in a sleek, modern space. Though pricier than some other countertop options, soapstone is environmentally friendly and durable, offering significant value.
Verde soapstone countertops, Palomino limestone floors and cream-colored sinks create a masculine spa-like setting that is both sophisticated and tranquil. Restored original light fixtures and updated functional vanities with dark wood stains bring a touch of fresh simplicity.
Soapstone has been used for centuries as a countertop, and its popularity endures, as do the countertops themselves: soapstone fans swear by their durability. These slabs of stability don't come cheap, though, and while prices vary, you'll likely be looking at upwards of $80 per square foot. To get the soapstone look without breaking the bank, check out Formica’s Soapstone Sequoia. From their new 180x line of laminates that boast a more realistic natural stone look, you’ll know it’s not soapstone, but it will look great and you'll have the reliability of laminate, which is nothing to turn down your nose at.
The design inspiration began with a deep green soapstone countertop paired with creamy white cabinetry. The stainless steel appliances and sink create a more transitional feel, while the shaker style cabinetry doors and schoolhouse light fixture keep with the original style of the home.
An antique workbench gets new life as a center island in this neutral transitional kitchen with period charm. Pale gray marble on the perimeter countertops and backsplash set off the dark soapstone countertop of the island. Original details like hardwood flooring and high windows blend with sleek appliances and updated finishes.
This kitchen island is constructed of butternut walnut wood and accented with oil-rubbed bronze pulls and a Pietra Del Cardosa soapstone countertop. In addition to ample storage, the island includes a pair of Sub Zero refrigerator drawers and a prep sink. A pair of industrial-style pendant lights above provide plenty of task lighting for meal prep.
Designers switched out the kitchen's dark wood cabinets for fresh white ones and added not one, but two islands, one of which is walnut with a soapstone countertop. The lantern pendants are from Urban Electric.
As fresh as a country day, this open plan kitchen features a handsome dark gray island with a soapstone countertop. The other counters are walnut, which blend well with the reclaimed oak floating shelves. Navy blue barstools bring in a subtle hint of color.
This contemporary kitchen features a large cherrywood kitchen island with a black soapstone countertop, as well as a glass floating countertop which provides the perfect spot for casual dining. Stainless steel appliances and gray countertops are paired with sleek, white minimalist cabinets with long silver hardware.
Pale gray marble on the perimeter countertops and backsplash set off the dark soapstone countertop on the island in this transitional kitchen with period details. Hardwood floors are original to the downtown Savannah house. Stainless steel appliances, including a built-in microwave, provide all the modern-day conveniences needed.
A built-in china cabinet and hutch features inset doors and lighted upper shelves, bringing modern convenience to this historic transitional kitchen. An antique bench was the source for the center island, which now features a new soapstone countertop. The hardwood floors are original to the house. A light, neutral palette keeps the kitchen feeling bright and open.
“Our client had the fantastic idea to use rolling tool cabinets in her kitchen,” says architect Nick Pancheau. “We designed a simple kitchen island combining seating and storage in a single movable piece. We selected a lime-green finish to match the fritted glass lamp shades made by the client; a subtle dark-green soapstone countertop rests atop the cabinets.”