We love it when a material meets the trifecta: beautiful, natural, and durable. That’s why soapstone is one of our new favorite materials.
The colors of soapstone can vary widely depending on the stone, which means each slab is unique - from traditional black, to white quartz veining, to deep emerald greens, to wide, moving veins. The color of soapstone can be enhanced with the application of mineral oil or wax, darkening the appearance. This treatment is useful for blending the natural patina for a consistent finish. Soapstone can be styled in just the right way and fit with so many current trends: modern, farmhouse, or transitional.
Soapstone is a metamorphic rock composed of mineral talc and rich in magnesium. It’s formed as heat and pressure combine with elements, altering the mineral composition. It is sourced from the East Coast in the United States and Canada as well as Brazil, India, and Northern Europe. For thousands of years it’s been used as a medium for sculpture carving and for the past hundred years soapstone has been making its way into kitchens.
Soapstone is non-porous, which makes it naturally resistant to stains, bacteria, and water... so go ahead and have that glass of wine while you cook! It is also heat-resistant. These inherent characteristics make soapstone ideal for tile, sinks, and countertops - indoor or outdoor. This dense material does not require chemical sealants; soapstone can be easily maintained with mineral oil or wax. Naturally, soapstone will patina over time, darkening in high use areas, so you’ve got to be accepting of change. It’s also soft to the touch, like soap, which means it is susceptible to scratching. Scratches can easily be buffed out with a cloth and mineral oil, while deeper scratches may require sandpaper.
If your kitchen needs a makeover, and you’re interested in lasting materials and timeless design, our design team would be happy to help.