Soapstone

Soapstone has been used for centuries and, still today, continues to lend itself to an array of kitchen designs. When first quarried, soapstone may contain tones of grey, blue, or green with random veining. However, due to oxidation, all Soapstone slabs mature to a deep charcoal gray over time. The pros: Soapstone holds up very well in a kitchen and it's almost completely resistant to heat. The cons: Being a relatively soft stone, Soapstone scratches easily and does require some regular TLC in order to maintain its inherent beauty.