Black, marble, and timber stone benchtop colour scheme

10 Timeless Stone Benchtop Colour Schemes

Renovating a kitchen calls for some big decision making. Going with natural stone will certainly add a lot of value to your home.

But what stone benchtop colour schemes can you safely pick out that will be loved by many, for years to come? That will stand the test of time in the design industry?

Anne Ellard from Houzz has compiled a list of the 10 That Will Stand the Test of Time and we’ve picked out a few of our favourite stone benchtop colour schemes that you can be inspired by here at Victoria Stone Gallery.

There’s plenty of great advice to take from the article. How to work with colour swatches, gathering samples of textures and materials to pair benchtops with cabinet selections, and the importance of seeing the material in real life – as we say, a photo or sample will never be a true representation of a full slab!

“I always suggest my clients break the process down into stages and take each one a step at a time. Planning the colour scheme is the part they enjoy the most, but they are often scared of choosing one that will date quickly.”

This selection of stoned benchtop colour suggestions are timeless. And if you find them a little plain, just imagine how easily they can be accessorised to seasonal home and kitchen trends!

Grey, black and white stone benchtop colour scheme

Black, White and Grey

The contrast of black and white has been a much loved colour combination both in fashion and interiors for many, many years. Although the contrast of black and white is strong, it’s still a very easy scheme to live with. Because there is no real colour as such, a black and white scheme can be brightened with various coloured accessories that can easily be changed as you tire of them.

When we think black and white, we think black tie – smart and sophisticated, and most definitely not out of date. To create maximum impact with this colour scheme, look for the brightest, most crisp white and the purest black. Then soften the harsh contrast of black and white by introducing some grey tones.

Black is a strong tone that creates big impact, so if you have a small space, use it sparingly. Consider a glossy finish for your black surfaces; this will help to bounce light around the room and make the black feel less heavy.

Get the look
Cabinet colour: Resene ‘Black’
Material: Paint
The purest black in the Resene colour range.

Benchtop colour: Carrara marble
Material: Natural marble
Probably one of the most well-known and most popular marble choices for benchtops and sometimes floor tiles.

White on white stone benchtop colour scheme

White on White

I know what you’re thinking … boring! But white on white kitchens, although admittedly not to everyone’s taste, are perhaps the most timeless of all kitchen colour schemes and the most popular, with very good reason. White is a very easy colour to live with, it’s easy on the eye, doesn’t demand attention, you won’t get tired of looking at it and, best of all, there is an endless choice of coloured accessories that you can team with white without them clashing.

An all-white kitchen exudes an air of sophistication, simplicity and grace. It looks fresh and bright and never dated. You can easily add colour to an all-white kitchen, and change it often with the use of coloured accessories such as pendant lights, small appliances and even plants.

Choose your shade of white carefully. Opt for shades that are on the cooler side (with a slight blue undertone) as opposed to whites that are too warm, as these can sometimes appear yellow depending on the light in your home.

Get the look
Cabinet colour: Dulux ‘Lexicon Quarter White’
Material: Paint
One of the whitest white paints out there. It’s bright, fresh and is guaranteed to never date.

Benchtop colour: Caesarstone ‘Calacatta Nuvo’
Material: Quartz (engineered stone)
This is Caesarstone’s interpretation of natural Calacatta marble. It has a crisp, white base with an elegant grey vein.

French grey stone benchtop colour scheme

French Grey

Everything about the French is sophisticated and timeless, especially their provincial kitchen style and colouring.

French provincial-style kitchens tend to use subtle soft colours such as light blues, soft greys, antique whites and muted coffee colours. These soft colours highlight the detailed design of French provincial-style kitchens.

These soft subtle colours can be used to create a timeless colour scheme in both modern and traditional-style kitchens. Soft greys can have a tinge of blue, yellow and even pink to them if you would like to add a hint more colour.

Combine soft grey cabinets with a natural colour benchtop that also contains some grey tones, but don’t forget to create some contrast – make sure that the cabinets and benchtop colours are not too similar or you could end up with a flat, uninteresting scheme.

Get the look
Cabinet colour: Resene ‘French Grey’
Material: Paint
A soft grey that isn’t too dull or dark and will never date.Benchtop colour: ‘Thunder White’
Material: Natural granite
A beautiful natural granite (one of my favourites, I have to say) with varying tones of grey, and sometimes almost black veins, spotted with burgundy flecks on a white base.
Olive green and champagne stone benchtop colour scheme

Olive Green and Champagne

When you think olive green, army uniforms and camouflage clothing may be the first things that come to mind. However, olive green is a tasteful and sophisticated colour choice for interiors. Olive is a dark yellowish green with a soothing, earthy aesthetic.

Just as the earthy taste of green olives is complemented by the refreshing acidity of champagne, the same can be said for colours that carry the same name in interior decorating. Dress olive green cabinets with warm metal handles in champagne, brass or gold colours.

When selecting a benchtop colour, choose a light-coloured material with a creamy undertone instead of crisp white. Consider a natural stone or stone-look material that has subtle veins in darker cream or champagne to provide a refreshing contrast with the more muted aesthetic of olive green.

Other greens worth considering in the kitchen are sage green and any earthy or dusty green. Think muted and murky with grey and yellow undertones.

Get the look
Cabinet colour: Laminex ‘Bayleaf’
Material: Laminate
A muted and understated sophisticated green tone. Benchtop colour: ‘Taj Mahal’
Material: Quartzite
A creamy beige natural stone with hints of champagne and green.
Black, marble, and timber stone benchtop colour scheme

Black, Timber and Marble

This is the perfect colour scheme for those who love black and white but want to add a little something extra. It’s a warmer alternative to the stark ‘tuxedo’ look of mixing black with white.

Timber has always been a popular material choice in kitchens, whether it be on cabinetry, benchtops or flooring. Its warm colouring and natural aesthetic is appealing and inviting in any space.

Almost any timber colour will work with black, just avoid anything too dark or too red as it will jar with the black.

Look at timber veneer and laminate options when choosing timber colour materials for cabinetry fronts for a more cost-effective and durable alternative to solid wood. Veneer and laminate will also offer more consistency in colouring and grain pattern for a more uniform look.

A matt finish black will look more natural and work much better with timber tones than a high-gloss finish.

Choose a marble or marble-look benchtop that has a white or light grey base with darker grey veining to tie the look together.

Get the look
Cabinet colour: ‘
American White Oak’
Material: Veneer
A warm timber colour with a mostly straight grain.Benchtop colour: Silestone ‘Calacatta Gold’
Material: Engineered stone
A manufactured material with marble-look veining with hints of gold, a perfect tie-in with the warm tones of American oak.

Feeling inspired yet? Browse our Marble, Carrara, Super White, Quartzite, Granite and more for some Stone Benchtop Colour ideas!

Curved Marble Cave by Peter Tijoe

Curved Marble, Floating Granite

MM Galleri director, Peter Tijoe has perfect the art of curved marble. And all by near-unfortunate incident that almost cost him his business! Read how things literally shaped out for the better.

Posted from by Jasmine Tay.

What’s the secret to curved marble cave walls and intricate floating tables that are unmistakably marble to the touch?

Curved Marble Granite Table by Peter Tijoe

Dubbed the “Floating G” by Tijoe, this table appears to be one solid piece of stone that defies the law of physics. In actuality, it is a steel frame with a heavy foot, covered entirely with slices of black granite.

It was then that he discovered the stone’s limited but existent malleability. With the steel backing, the marble sheet can handle some pressure without it breaking.

Tijoe then tested the limits of that bendability. The method, which he perfected last year, involves heating a 1mm marble sheet, then slowly moulding it into shape. To prevent it from cracking, he adds a chemical to the surface of the stone. Other hard stones like granite and onyx can handle this technique.

“Curved marble exists – and it makes for stunning interiors”

Says Tijoe: “The result is a sheet we can use like wallpaper to apply on anything, in any configuration.” Such application is unprecedented. To prove a point, Tijoe created a marble cave in his Chin Bee Avenue showroom by applying sheets of white stone from wall to ceiling (header image). He also created spindly marble chairs and tables – steel structures wrapped in thin stone sheets.

Curved Marble table by Peter Tijoe

The use of steel frames allows designers to bypass structural limitations.

“These pieces are structurally impossible if carved from marble blocks thanks to the stone’s weight. The thin legs would break,” says Tijoe.

The technique has caught the attention of other designers. Last year’s Maison & Objet design fair in Paris saw Indonesian designer Jeffrey Budiman using the process to create a lamp with intricate twists of pink onyx. The technique could very well spell a new genre of design.

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Azul Macauba, a blue Quartzite used in this state of the art pool

Blue Quartzite Beauty – A Pool House

A Beautiful Sight, the Blue Quartzite.

We love our selection of blue Quartzite stone slabs at Victoria Stone Gallery. Check out this pool house we came across. Designed by a New York architect Rafael de Cárdenas, for a mid-19th-century English country manor.

Cárdenas’ approach to architecture and design “sees it apply form and materials to create spaces with distinctive atmospheres”. Blue Quartzite marble, the perfect distinctive material to use.

Azul Macauba, a blue Quartzite used in this state of the art pool

“Given that the pool house was going to be its own building, the main thing was to make it feel like a destination.” said de Cárdenas. “Something quite distinct from the main house, that would draw on and complement its surroundings.”

Other natural stone included in this state of the art pool house is on the walls and the floor around the pool. Botticino marble tiles makes up the floor, treated with an anti-slip rullato finish on the floors.

Azul Macauba, a blue Quartzite used in this state of the art pool

The book-matched Azul Macauba quartzite, creating the intense blue colour of the pool really caught our eye!

Quartzite is an increasingly popular choice amongst homeowners, designers and architects. Not to be confused with  Quartz – the man-made material created by mixing crushed stone with colour and resin to form an engineered slab. Quartzite is formed by naturally occurring metamorphic rock. It starts out as sandstone and evolves over time under intense heat and pressure. Look out for exotic patterns of pinks, greens, reds, brown and blue quartzite that mainly come from Brazil.

Check out our evergrowing Quartzite collection. We have plenty more arriving in the new year! Our favourite blue quartzite is our Blue Roma. We currently have it available in a polished or leathered finish. Read about some other alternatives to marble.

Watch this video of Azul Macauba being quarried in Brazil.

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ThinkGlass Countertop photographed by John Stillman

Marble Countertop – Where The Kitchen Starts

Granite and Marble Countertop in the Kitchen.

In a well-designed kitchen, prep space is key. The countertop often stands out simply because it covers so much space, especially as the kitchen becomes a primary living area, and islands become the norm.

“We know the countertop and island are playing a much more prominent role in kitchen design. And now everything starts with the stone or marble countertop,”. Says Nick Harris, v.p. of marketing at Caesarstone U.S. in Northridge, CA.

“Designers are working with homeowners to make sure the workspace is visually appealing. But also utilized to its fullest potential. Simply put, the goal for today’s kitchen is form and function, with sleek, orderly and multi-purpose living spaces,” says Mar Esteve, director of marketing for Neolith by TheSize, headquartered in Almazora, Spain.

Because surfaces are so prominent, there is great demand for variety, and the field has never been wider. Manufacturers are creating new colours, patterns and even new materials that allow homeowners to personalize their space with surfaces that perfectly suit their desired style.

Aesthetically, neutral tones are on top. The look of natural materials – stone or wood – is often a top priority. Finishes are trending toward a textured, matte appearance rather than high-gloss, shiny surfaces. At the same time, designers are getting creative with mixing and matching materials to give the space a unique flair. Creative edging choices, such as waterfall edges that reach from stone or marble countertop to floor, are also on the rise.


The kitchen’s large and growing expanse of countertop space has many designers and homeowners looking to blend these surfaces seamlessly into the overall design rather than drawing too much attention to themselves. This creates a trend toward neutral tones and lends itself well to the earthy colours of natural stone or wood.


A pull toward the natural world is not only prompting designers to lean toward materials that have the appearance of natural stone or wood, but also to mimic the way that elements flow in nature. The waterfall edge on a kitchen island presents surfacing material in a clean, continuous line from the top of the counter to the floor, much like water cascading off a mountainside.

“Waterfall islands are a big trend in the design industry,” says Massimo Ballucchi, marketing director at Stafford, TX-based Cosentino North America.The increase of square footage in kitchens has allowed for these spaces to include islands and additional surface space.

Becker says, “Kitchens are increasingly becoming the showpiece of the house. And we’ve seen an uptick of islands becoming the central point of the design. Designers are using this as an opportunity to experiment with waterfall edges, extra-large seamless surfaces and using different materials. Including colours and textures, in the same space.”


Regardless of material choice, matte finishes and increased texture are increasingly being chosen for surface finish. “Textures are becoming more popular in both engineered and natural materials. Ranging from a matte or honed finish to a textured or leathered finish,” Congress states.

Becker agrees: “Leather- and matte-type finishes have become increasingly popular throughout the last year. And will continue to grow in 2018.”

This trend is consistent across a range of materials. “Texture is slowly moving from ‘look at me’ glossy on stones to matte with subtle textures for stones” adds Chmiel. “Honed or slate looks for stone remain popular,” she adds.


There are many factors to consider when choosing which material to use in a countertop. Design and colour are the first considerations, says Mays. Then homeowners are looking at durability and how easy the surface is to clean and sanitize.

“When you consider all of these needs, it’s clear why quartz and laminate are the materials that are leading the market,” she states.

Quartz has that natural stone look and feel, as well as the easy cleanup and scratch and stain resistance, so it has been a big draw for homeowners.

But we’re also seeing laminate as an in-demand material. Homeowners are drawn to laminate because of its lower price point, and with advanced printing technology, today’s designs can also provide that natural, neutral style that’s been trending.” 

Kath sees quartz continuing to grow more and more among those who can really afford it. With consumers able to research and easily learn what options exist, and what’s best for their lifestyle, they tend to choose quartz because of its beautiful appearance without the worry.

Read the full article at and have a browse at our online catalogue for your new granite or marble countertop!

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Kitchen Benchtop Renovations – How To and Why

The Kitchen: It’s Important

The kitchen can be a make-or-break room for potential buyers, so if yours is looking a little worse for wear and you plan to sell in the near future, a renovation might be a smart move. But which upgrades will make you a profit? Benchtop? Cabinets? We’ve asked a panel of four experts to reveal all.

Kitchen Benchtop

Photo by Proper Photography

“There are two simple rules when renovating a kitchen,”

says architect Steffen Welsch of Melbourne firm Steffen Welsch Architects. “Don’t half do it and don’t do it on the cheap. A kitchen is an important space – it needs to be cohesive and everyone appreciates quality.”

Jenefer Macleod, the principal designer at, concurs, adding: “Potential buyers are pretty savvy and will notice if the kitchen is poorly planned and bad quality”.

The Benchtop

The benchtop is one of the first things buyers see when they walk into a kitchen, so it’s well worth splashing out on. “Replacing a cheap laminate benchtop with another laminate benchtop is not a value add,” says Daniel Briffa, director and principal building designer at Adan Creative Designs. “Even if the old benchtop was in poor condition, at the end of the day the kitchen still has a laminate benchtop.”

“Upgrading to a better-quality material will add instant appeal to your kitchen, and natural stone is a great choice,” says Azmi.

“Splashing out on a decent benchtop and adding in an appealing splashback means you could then potentially choose more cost-efficient cupboards and still achieve a very appealing look,” adds Welsch.”

“Any stone bench more than 20 millimetres thick is going to look luxurious, and will add real value to your kitchen,” says Azmi. Welsch concurs, adding; “I prefer a honed finish for natural stone over a glossy one. It feels softer and won’t mark as much.”

Read the full article here.

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Photo of Maison du Danemark House of Denmark in Paris. Green stone bar top reflecting marble trends.

Marble Trends 2018 sees Resurgence of the Nineties

With the minimalist look becoming outdated, we predict a resurgence of the nineties in natural stone slabs. Expect to see a return of coloured slabs of greens, pinks and browns amongst marble trends. Taking a turn in looks, plain cabinetry is now being complemented with statement bench-tops.

These are the predicted marble trends.

Melbourne-based interior designer Lauren Li of Sisällä Interior Design attended the 56th year of Milan’s Furniture Fair and noted,

“Marble continues to be the preferred material for kitchens, however, the look is now decidedly more discreet, with little Carrara seen this year. Instead, we saw green and brown marble used.”

“Instead we saw green and brown marble used. Gone is the 40 or 60mm thick stone bench. Marble benchtops were as thin as possible, often using a shark-nose profile to appear to float over the cabinets. Sometimes the edge wasn’t visible at all, with the bench sunken into the cabinetry,” Li says.

Here at Victoria Stone Gallery, we are excited to bring you some new and exciting coloured marbles in the new year.

Check out the rest of Milan’s Furniture Fair 2018’s biggest design trends from this here

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Granite tiles imitate wooden panels

Granite Tiles from Cerdomus Imitates Wooden Panels!

We came across this article showcasing these stunning ceramic and granite tiles, which emulate wood panels. We thought it was worth sharing!

These ceramic and granite tiles from Italian company Cerdomus are unusual, modern and effortlessly beautiful.  The ceramic-granite made tiles mimic gorgeous wood flooring. Their unique appearance brings dynamic contrasts into a modern interior design, offering practical, convenient flooring. Wood-like floor tiles are a timeless choice that turns living spaces into luxurious and unique rooms, filled with comfort, warmth and timeless elegance.

GBC Ceramic and Granite Tile from Cerdomus imitates Wooden Panels! 2

These modern floor tiles are excellent for creating an original interior design, adding a contemporary touch to home decorating. Suitable for decorating almost all home interiors, from bathrooms, laundry rooms and entryways to kitchens and living rooms. The nature of granite ensures durability and practicality, exceeding over marble or man-made stone.

GBC Ceramic and Granite Tile from Cerdomus imitates Wooden Panels! 2

The durable and attractive floor tiles are made of ceramic-granite. Encouraging to experiment and create fresh and sophisticated floor decor. Designed for few stylish collections, ideal for different interior design and home decorating styles. From country home style to classic, contemporary and eco style. Numerous tile colour shades reflect natural wood yellowish to bleached white and brown colours of natural wood.

GBC Ceramic and Granite Tile from Cerdomus imitates Wooden Panels! 2

Monochromatic colour schemes make it easy to create a sleek and modern design for your floor decoration. The tiles come in more vibrant colour combinations for something a little different.

All collections from Cerdomus are 100% original, blending nature-inspired themes with contemporary home decorating material.

Have a browse through our Granite collection.


Stone Applications For The Home

Stone Applications Inspiration to Compliment your Home

Granite, marble, quartz and quartzite can be used for much more than benchtops. Natural stone, wherever put in the home creates a peaceful yet strong environment for you and your loved ones. Both natural and man-made quartz surfaces are used in various stone applications. From wall to floor, splashback, a chopping board or coaster.

If budget is a concern, opt for a smaller item and still experience the luxuries that granite, marble and quartz can bring to your special space.

Check out the examples below:

Marble tiles at the bathroomKitchen with Stylish Green Wall in Warm ColorsAtmosphere Fireplace Room with Armchair and TableGranite Benchtop ApplicationGranite benchtop Company Gallery Image-9Unique-Applicationsodyssey double vanity

Cool and Classy, Modern and Stylish Kitchen with Black Granite Stone Worktop

Modern kitchen granite worktop and ceramic sink with mixer tap

10 Unique Stone Applications

Have a look at our Pinterest board for inspo and our product catalogue for what we have in stock!

Natural Stone Furniture for your Home, 'River and Stream' by Kreoo

Natural Stone Furniture for Your Home – ‘River and Stream’ by Kreoo

 We found this article showcasing beautiful interior natural stone furniture for your home by Kreoo. We love the natural organic form of the furniture, it is very aesthetically pleasing. Stone can be a very flexible medium, it is not reserved for flat benchtops or vanity tops. You can make sink bowls, furniture, sculptures or use it as a wall covering. Use your imagination!

“River” and “Stream” represents Kreoo’s official brand offering to the American market. On the anniversary of Kreoo’s debut at Salone del Mobile in Milan 2010, designer Enzo Berti re-interprets and re-designs Pavè, the seating system for indoor and outdoor that has become the brand’s icon. Check out this stone furniture for your home!

Kreoo Stone Home Furniture Seating

The new seating “River” and “Stream” are comprised of marble seats. They are set on natural wood bases and offer two unique designs. Smooth, sculptural and with a dash of whimsy, River and Stream are the new seating for indoor and outdoor featuring layered marble and wood bases in two complimentary designs.  The first is streamlined and stretched with an extremely elegant effect. The second, a simple drop shape, perfectly rounded and graceful. The contrast of the marble’s intensity and the wood’s playful air provide a graceful and fluid aesthetic.


The two new models are independent,yet designed to integrate with one another.  Rivers’ elongated design compliments Stream’s rounded corner, working together to create a natural modular system with many seats. As in the entire Pavè Stone collection, River and Stream are inspired by the effect of natural river water gliding over the stones of the river bed: water flows, smoothes and polishes, forming nature’s great artwork.


The introduction of the new models offers new opportunities for designers, welcoming stools that are perfect both for contract and home.  Through alternate material options the Pavè Stone collection can be used both indoors and outdoors; seamlessly blending with nature or bringing its essence to an indoor space.

Check out our stone catalogue for some stone furniture inspo!



Granite Benchtop with white kitchen cabinetry

White Kitchen Cabinetry & Statement Benchtops

White kitchen cabinetry is an age-old choice for any kitchen, whether you’re building or renovating your home interior. Due to the neutrality of white cabinets, choosing a benchtop colour can be overwhelming as almost anything goes! You can pick something that compliments the colours of your appliances or surrounding furniture, an artistic and bold statement piece, or simply choose a gorgeous white granite or marble for a classy but understated look.

The good news is, with white kitchen cabinets, the world really is your oyster. You can choose white granite, marble or quartz, black, gold,
red, green blue or even something a multi-coloured and out of the ordinary. Making the choice is the hard part! There are lots of things to consider to ensure you get the kitchen result of your dreams.

Granite is a natural stone, ensuring your home will harness a piece of wild nature to provide the perfect environment you’re looking for. Whether that be providing a warm and nurturing place to raise your family, catering to a large crowd or entertaining great friends with cheese, wine and good conversation.

Check out these images below of various granite benchtop colours matched with white kitchen cabinetry and get inspired!

Granite Benchtop with white kitchen cabinetry

Granite Benchtop with white kitchen cabinetry

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Granite Benchtop with white kitchen cabinetry

Granite Benchtop with white kitchen cabinetry

Granite Benchtop with white kitchen cabinetry

 Granite Benchtop with white kitchen cabinetry

Granite Benchtop with white kitchen cabinetry

 As you can see, any colour of this beautiful stone will compliment white cabinetry. It’s really up to your personality and vibe to pick something that reflects you.

As a product, granite has stood the test of time. It’s proven that IT does not go out of style. It is extremely beautiful, remaining one of the hardest minerals on earth, resilient to heat, scratches and stains. It’s exceptionally easy to clean – making it low maintenance.  Why would you not choose this extraordinary stone to grace your home? This could kick off the next step in your kitchen design plans and get you closer to the kitchen you deserve.

Check out our product catalogue for some ideas!