Modern and exclusive, Soapstone Countertops are gaining popularity among educated homeowners. Its no-maintenance, anti-bacterial, environmentally friendly qualities are among the reasons so many celebrity chefs now have Soapstone in their kitchens. Its temperature-retaining properties also make it a perfect surface for a kitchen island. Soapstone fits in well with butcher block and other natural stones like granite and marble. Pleasing to the eye in bathroom and outdoor applications, consider soapstone in a smaller area of your home if an entire kitchen doesn't fit your budget.