When it comes to design elements in kitchens, the single most enduring love of mine is white marble. Especially with gray veining. There are several varieties of marble that could match this description, but the most famous is Carrera marble. I just think it is gorgeous, either with a little veining or a lot.
It is a popular choice for countertops in all styles of homes. There are, of course, pros and cons when it comes to any countertop material. The major con that you need to know with marble is that it is notoriously susceptible to scratching and staining. Substances like acidic lemon or red wine can mar the surface if left for only a matter of hours. With marble in the kitchen one must be very diligent with cleaning up spills immediately. You can lessen the risk of scratching and staining by selecting honed marble, which is a matte finish as opposed to a shiny polish. (And just as beautiful in my opinion.)
I love this last image so much because not only do I find it beautiful, it is also a design that I would absolutely use in my own home. It has my beloved marble paired with classic subway tile and I love a mix of cabinet colors with a fresh, clean white on top and a grounding deep blue on the bottom. It is a beautiful, approachable kitchen.