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10 Soapstone Sinks and Countertops We Love

by Grace Bonney

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Before I started Design*Sponge, I knew little to nothing about basic home materials. I had only ever been a renter, so I knew more about wood paneling, linoleum and fake terra cotta tile than anything else. But after publishing thousands of homes here over the past 13 years, I’ve gotten to see some exciting materials and options that I never knew were possible. And while marble gets most of the love these days, my heart belongs to soapstone. Soapstone doesn’t stain, it’s heat resistant, and its dark black color helps define a space in an instant. I love it in just about every form and the way it seems to blend effortlessly into both modern and traditional homes. So today I’m sharing 10 of my favorites to hopefully inspire your next kitchen project. xo, grace

Image above: Eva’s kitchen remodel pairs a deep soapstone sink with reclaimed wooden countertops. 

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I love the way modern soapstone counters mix with antique wooden cabinets in this Connecticut farmhouse

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Sleek, modern soapstone counters in a home at Remodelista.

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This architect’s cottage uses contrasting soapstone and light wooden cabinets to create a chic, minimal space.

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I love the contrast of modern toile wallpaper and dark soapstone counters in this painter’s home.

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This Los Angeles home contrasts dark soapstone counters with lighter marble tiled floors.

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Lyndsay and Fitzhugh’s Brooklyn home uses dark soapstone to contrast against the all-white interior.

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This Portland, Oregon home (both photos above) proves soapstone counters blend well with farmhouse sinks and craftsman style.

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This Massachusetts home has glossy soapstone countertops.

 

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Comments

  • I also love soapstone and we have counters we worked ourselves from a big slab. It can be worked with woodworking tools. In designing my kitchen, I was totally influenced by the Fitzhugh kitchen you published, so thanks for that!

    BUT–you need to know what kind of person you are. If you need everything neat and perfect, soapstone is not for you. It chips and scratches (which can be sanded out) and develops patina–it’s a living thing. That’s what I like about it, but if you are a perfectionist, you need granite.

  • We went with soapstone in our kitchen and have no regrets! They are gorgeous and we went with a company that finished the edges so they looked beautifully well worn which made our kitchen remodel fit in with our 1920’s house. The one thing we didn’t expect is how lovely they feel. You will find you and your guests unable to stop rubbing them because they feel so wonderfully soft. It is really soothing!!

    • I would have said that besides beautiful, “practical and long lasting” is the best possible description for soapstone. I’ve seen soapstone countertops that survived 40-50 year of abuse in university chemistry laboratories and looked no worse for the wear. I’ve had soapstone in my kitchen for the last 6 years, and moved it between 2 houses, and it is still as beautiful as the day it was first installed, despite substantial abuse from lemon juice, vinegar and wine, to say nothing of my regularly setting hot roasting pans down on it.

    • Super practical and long lasting. It doesn’t stain. It can take hot pots and pans placed right on it. The only maintenance it requires is some mineral oil once in a while. Yes it can scratch and chip, but that is part of its beauty, and if that bothers you, sand or buff it out. There is a reason it has been used in homes since colonial times. Hands down, my favorite countertop material.

  • Love love soapstone. Using it on my kitchen island and mud room floor. The above pic from remodelista is the quarrier Polycor’s Alberene Soapstone from Virgina. It can be a rich deep black with their wax – check out Annisa Zajack of House Seven’s gorg waxed soapstone counters and backsplash. Also it can be honed a light grey that reminds me of a well worn pair of jeans. So much character in this stone! Thanks for the post!

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