The kitchen is more than just a space where you prepare and cook meals; it's also one of the few spaces in your home that you’ll want to show off to your guests. Who wouldn’t marvel at a kitchen that’s not only fully furnished with equipment, but also expertly designed as well? Homeowners who want to add a little spice to their living spaces would do well to outfit their kitchens with furnishings that are both fashionable and functional.

Countertops don’t exactly come to mind when it comes to fashion, however the surfaces maintain a dominating presence on the kitchen. Simply put, a kitchen won't function as well were it not for these countertops. This is where all the preparations for those gourmet dishes happen, after all. Fortunately, there are different kinds of countertops, with their own distinctive appeal, for different types of kitchen owners.

Some of the most popular textures for kitchen countertops are slabs of real hewn stone. Of these, granite is a perennial favorite among homeowners, although marble, onyx, and quartz are also viable alternatives. These stone surfaces look simply beautiful due to the organic patterns that dot and swirl on them, and it certainly helps that they’re all immensely durable materials that last very long with regular upkeep.