Soapstone Countertop Design: Traditional to Modern

We have mentioned before that Soapstone has humble beginnings and has been used in farmhouses and cottage kitchens for many years before becoming as popular as it currently is and transitioning into contemporary and modern designs. 

Soapstone is a durable natural stone that feels soft or "soapy" because it contains talc. One of our favorite properties of soapstone is that its density and nonporous texture make it less likely to stain and hold bacteria than some of its stone competitors. Its heat resistant properties make it a favorite for cooks who don't like to bother with pot-holders; you can place a hot pan right on the surface! Although soapstone isn't perfect and can be scratched by sharp objects, investing in a few cutting boards is a simple fix and is worth it to achieve the dramatic look that soapstone can bring to a home.

A little character and darkening with age make soapstone a unique stone to use for your countertops or other home remodel surface and is one of the reasons are clients love it. Soapstone counters don't need to be sealed, but many clients opt to use a mineral oil on their countertops to highlight the veining pattern in the stone or to darken the surface from light gray to a rich black color.

Now that you love soapstone too, we have a few ideas about how to use it to bring your next design project to life:

Whether you lean traditional or modern on the design scale, the range of available hues of soapstone can accommodate your taste. If you prefer the light gray look of this SoHo loft in New York, leave your soapstone untreated to achieve this natural finish. 

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This traditional white kitchen uses soapstone counters and backsplash to provide a high contrast surface against its white cabinetry. High contrast kitchens are in demand right now and soapstone is a great way to achieve this look for slightly less than the cost of marble. 

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Image via Houzz

Another way to incorporate soapstone into your space is to use it in a non-traditional way; use soapstone for a vertical surface, like the fireplace in this Lake Tahoe home. The hard, cool surface of the soapstone is the perfect contrast to the warm wood tones throughout the rest of the home. 

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Image via Houzz

Whatever your design needs are, we have the perfect stone for you. Contact us for more ideas and information about soapstone; we love providing high quality surfaces, quarried in the U.S., to complete our clients' design projects.