Recently, The Wall Street Journal published an article about kitchen trends titled “Is the kitchen the new man cave?”  As a stone supplier, Aria Stone Gallery has also seen a surge in kitchen design directions being influence towards a more masculine aesthetic as well as an increased involvement in the design process by male counterparts. 

Darker colors such as black, dark grey hues, brown, rust and tend to evoke a more masculine, or mysterious, ambiance in terms of color theory.  Stones such as Black Fantasy, a primarily black granite with grey swirls and rust high lights, and Eramosa, a chocolate colored marble with a patterning that closely resembles a paisley, can provide a strong solid surface direction in the kitchen.   Sequoia Brown, a soft quartzite, also lends towards a more manly undertone. 

Black Fantasy Leathered

Black Fantasy










Sequoia Brown


We have seen dark stones such as these used on the entire kitchen surface, such as AVID Associate’s Copper Dune kitchen or as an accent island to offset a softer, more feminine, natural surrounds.

Textured finishes such as leathered or brushed add a more tactile sensation and depth of field to stone execution. Aria’s Nero Fusion Leathered and Santo Domingo Brushed as two examples.



Nero Fusion Leathered

3cm Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo Leathered