Veined kitchen countertops – a twist on a popular look we’re seeing everywhere

Designers love this white kitchen alternative – for those who want a flash of color in their scheme

Kitchen countertop idea with stone surface
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It’s no secret that the white kitchen trend endures, but you don’t need to sacrifice all color to get behind this minimalist movement. 

This kitchen countertop idea exhibits a vein-like pattern of color against a white (or neutral-toned) backdrop – to bring just the right amount of vibrancy to your space. It is a stylish solution for those who want a primarily white kitchen aesthetic – with a bold twist. And unsurprisingly, designers love this style. 

The veined countertop trend is an apt celebration of white kitchens – a staple amongst Houzz’s top kitchen trends report for 2022. The study suggests that a generous use of white in a kitchen will ‘enhance light, mood and a sense of cleanliness’ – with white cabinets and backsplashes sitting amongst the most popular white kitchen ideas. This is how to get behind the popular kitchen trend.

White kitchen with vein style countertops

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There are many ways to bring stained marble into your kitchen, so what makes the countertop so popular? According to Houzz’s report, an ‘overwhelming majority of homeowners (91 per cent) replace their countertops during a kitchen remodel’ – and this is a 3-point increase compared to last year. Surprisingly, 35 per cent of participants confessed to spending more on their new countertops than they had originally planned. 

Alongside the rise in white kitchens, Ally Maloney Winzer, Principal designer at Maloney Interiors in Rhode Island, pins the trend to an increased desire for statement countertops. 

‘One trend that we’ve seen in kitchen design over the last couple of years is statement countertops,’ Ally says. ‘White stone with grey veining can make a kitchen feel light, bright and airy, whereas black stone with white veining is a very heavy and bold look.’ This feature combines both the white kitchen and statement marble – and we expect it will reign for seasons to come. 

Why should you get behind the trend? 

White kitchen with vein style countertops

(Image credit: deVOL)

deVOL is a leader in kitchen design, so their Arabescato marble is the perfect investment. This marble, like all veined kitchen countertops, boasts a bold but humble beauty that designers, including their creative director Helen Parker loves. Helen describes the stone as ‘stunningly beautiful and natural’ but is something that is not for the faint-hearted. ‘It really does make a bold statement when used in quantities,’ Helen says. 

‘We must remember that when we have these natural stones, we must respect them as we would any other precious thing in our home, not to the point of being fastidious but just be patient and treat them well and they will give you a lifetime of beauty.’ It is almost impossible not to make the investment. 

White kitchen with vein style countertops

(Image credit: Cambria)

The Classic English Kitchen leaders are not exclusive in their admiration for the veined countertops trend. Cambria has also unveiled three new quartz designs that pay homage to the kitchen trend of the moment – though we expect this movement is more than a passing fad. Cambria’s Inverness Frost is a stylish celebration of the veined countertop trend and offers an off-white on-white design featuring subtle debossing for a textured, organic feel.

Will you get behind this modern kitchen idea?  We expect veined countertops will continue to make statements for a long time to come.  

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.