Show and Tell...and Clean: Solid vs. Patterned Kitchen Countertops

I have marble countertops. Lucky, right? Unfortunately the pattern is so busy that I have a hard time telling when they're dirty. It's too easy to miss bits of rice or drips of sauce, and that's gross!

Many other factors about materials aside, personally I would rather have a solid-color countertop that clearly calls for frequent wipe-downs, while, on the other hand, I like a floor that hides more and has more forgiveness. I got thinking about this again recently while reading Young House Love as they were saying how pleased they are with their (white) countertops.

When it comes to your countertops, what do you prefer — solid, a little patterned, or busybusy?

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(Images: Young House Love and Granite Gurus)