In contemporary kitchens, sleek appliances, easy care cabinetry, clean uncluttered lines, seamless finishes and plentiful, artful lighting help create an inviting kitchen that is functional. When it comes to countertops for contemporary kitchens, you will have several different materials. For instance, natural stone for countertops is pleasing in contemporary kitchens because it has a polished, clean look. Granite and marble are stylish elements because they are durable to the heat and normal wear and tear most kitchens generate. Another option is engineered stone, which is a combination of quartz and other particles. Engineered countertops are easy to clean, and they resist staining.