Spacious, waterfall-ing marble countertops are incredibly beautiful, but they're not in the budget for everyone. If you want to get the look for a smaller price tag, you can go the faux route, or try out just a touch of real marble in the kitchen with one of these half-dozen strategic alternatives.
Above, a single marble shelf was added in and backed with marble below the cabinets in this Domino kitchen.
Martha Stewart used pre-cut marble window sills – they're more affordable than having stone cut to size – and brass brakets to add these open shelves to this kitchen shot.
You can try out a marble tile backsplash, just like Abby Lawson did here in her kitchen remodel.
Love the look of a marble waterfall countertop? Check out this alternative spotted in Jean-Christophe Aumas' Paris home on Dwell, using tile on the side of a kitchen island.
You could tile the floor, too. Even just a touch, like in this shot of Misty Fjord hex tiles on Topps Tiles.
Still craving marble countertops? Try installing them in just a small section of your kitchen, like here on Better Homes and Gardens. The homeowner had a corner of the kitchen island lowered and fitted with marble for a custom baking station, just the perfect size to roll out a pie crust.