"Dark granite is considered acceptable, but marble is really an indicator of a remodeled, new kitchen," she says. Even though marble requires upkeep and is vulnerable to staining, buyers particularly love the lightness and luxe look of Carrera and Calcutta. Caesarstone is another popular material that is light in tone, but lower maintenance and more budget-friendly. This can be a major plus for families seeking a durable, kid-proof kitchen. Tile with lots of color or marble with strong veining is "very particular to someone's taste, and could be a turnoff to the average buyer." Blogger Julie Blanner discusses the risks and benefits of marble countertops and which type of marble she ultimately chose.