I have marble in a bathroom, and I shudder to think what it would look like in a kitchen after a year. I have granite. I don't know of Matt would turn up his nose at the color or not. If it isn't black, I would. I don't particularly like black, but I cannot bring myself to hate it. Marble has a softer look that I like, and I agree with GDL when he says it combines perfectly with stainless. The two combine perfectly with glossy white lacquer. Maybe I'll try to browbeat my wife into changing it this evening... for the hundredth time.