Home Blog


Countertop Cuts: Choosing Between Vein or Cross Marble

Marble countertops are a perennially popular choice in residential homes because its unique look adds an unbeatable elegance to any room and is also a great long-term investment. It’s important to note that there are two ways to cut the marble that will affect its appearance.


Designers love marble because of the wide range of colors in which it’s available, including hues of white, gray, yellow, black, and more, mixed with veins and specks of other colors. It’s also a strong material in that it can withstand a lot of heat, which makes it good for dealing with hot pots and pans in the kitchen. It can be more prone to scratches and stains than other materials, but if homeowners invest in a little care, their only major concern needs to be choosing which cut to get.

Image result for Countertop Cuts: Choosing Between Vein or Cross Marble

Vein cut, as the name suggests, is the best choice for exposing the natural veins that run through marble. Known as cutting marble slabs “against the vein,”this will result in countertops with veins that run across the length or height of the marble. Cutting marble this way will also tend to produce slabs with base colors and veins of similar colors and shades rather than more diverse hues.

Alneto reveal a typically circular pattern rathter natively, cross cut is a way of cutting “with the vein” along the bedding plaer than the horizontal orvertical streaks of vein cut. It can produce a more random mix of designs and colors than the more uniform look of vein cut

Vein cut can look great when using brown marble with thick, prominent streaks of shades of yellow, red, and brown. This kind of marble countertop can work wonders in the kitchen, as the mix of colors pairs well with a wide range of styles for fixtures, fittings, and appliances.

For a less dramatic look, but one that will still wow anyone who sees it, consider using white marble with almost-straights veins of gray and other shades of white. This elegant design will match particularly well with a kitchen that uses white as the primary color for its other features.

Cross cut can look just as good and there are also a host of options for using this style for marble countertops. For example, consider a white marble countertop with large swirls of gray and light red to combine dark and light coloring – an ideal companion to light brown wooden cabinets.

Or use white marble countertops with thin streaks of gray in many varied sizes and directions, creating the more random look of cross cut that some homeowners find highly desirable. This kind of marble countertop can also be a great idea for use in the bathroom as well as the kitchen.

Although vein cut and cross cut offer two different visual styles for marble countertops, they both look great depending on the type of design project – and there’s no wrong answer, meaning that whatever homeowners choose, their marble countertops will look fantastic.