Q: We’re working on a kitchen remodel and would like to use contrasting countertop colors for the edge and island. We found two stones that we love, but one is marble and one is granite. Can we mix together two different materials like that or do they have to be the same?

A: Absolutely! That’s an easy question with a simple answer: yes. There is no “rule” that says your materials have to be consistent in specimen, color, or anything else. If you like the look it creates, you should, by all means, go for it!

While there are no “rules” there are a few tips that the stone professionals here at Stone Ace say you should keep in mind when combining countertop materials in the kitchen…

• Choose colors that work together visually. If you pick a soft beige marble like Botticino and pair it with an Alaska White granite slab, chances are it will look more like you went remnant shopping rather than consciously contrasted colors. Stick to hues with the same undertones. If you’re going with a warmer marble, opt for a granite with warm taupe or brown undertones.  If you choose a marble island with cool gray veins, dark gray or black granite would make ideal perimeter countertops. If your kitchen island is neutral in nature and light in color, then its best to choose a darker accent surface for the remaining countertops.

The mix and match trend is in full swing right now. It’s a very easy way to create interest as well as showcase the natural properties of these beautiful stones. If you have questions about how to match two styles of countertops at home, feel free to visit either of our Stone Ace showroom. Just as wine pairing brings out the best of both the food and the wine, we can help you create the perfect marble and granite pairing to bring out your design personality.