Sorry marble and quartz, but there's a new player in the countertop game that's garnering some serious attention. Stainless steel, while comparable in price to other materials — it runs about $80 to $225 per square foot according to Countertop Guides — has a low maintenance cost and it's one of those materials that has more uses than we have fingers. In the kitchen arena, its benefits include being ultra-durable, immune to heat, and pretty much indestructible. Basically, it's a material that suits legit cooks and at-home chefs alike. But perhaps you need a bit more evidence as to the design prowess of stainless steel kitchen countertops? You're in luck. Here are nine culinary spaces that will not only convince you, but they'll inspire you, too.
1. All White
3. Moody Disposition
4. Light Wood
The open floor plan of this modern French farmhouse kitchen is downright dreamy. The geometric-pattern tile backsplash — which continues down the wall to the floor — makes a simple yet interesting feature that's complemented by the same pattern on the floor, black cabinets, and stainless steel countertops.
6. Industrial Minimalism
Designed by Oonagh Ryan, this Santa Monica, California loft is an inspired spot to whip up creative confections. Softened by white cabinet fronts and warm wood accents throughout, this kitchen's industrial yet minimalist edge, open floor plan, and unique architecture make it one of a kind. We especially love the countertop's waterfall edge.
7. Charming Farmhouse
Weathered white cabinets, stainless steel counters and floating shelves, and a crystal chandelier are modern yet still have that farmhouse charm. Three black counter stools are the perfect finishing touch.