A striking Striato marble island and two-toned, modern cabinetry create a show-stopping kitchen in this Los Angeles-area home. Five mercury-dipped pendants illuminate the island's dining surface, and three bold blue barstools provide a great perch for dining or chatting with the cook. Concealed and built-in appliances streamline the space.
Marble countertops are the epitome of the luxurious kitchen ideal, and that luxury comes with a price tag that will likely be more than $100 a square foot. If you love the look of marble but don’t care for the price of Carrara, consider the solid surface alternative Striato from Formica. It carries all the advantages of solid surface countertops (durability, lower price) and comes with a distinctly marble-like look.