Modern kitchen designers increasingly focus on blending materials within a space to create balance.  This photo is a great example of materials that work well together in style, form and function.  The white countertop is White Platinum quartz and it is installed flush adjacent to a clear glass eating area top.  In our experience, the man made materials blend well together like quartz and glass, and the natural materials work together as well with wood or marble islands mixed in with granite countertops around the exterior or a butcher block.  The most challenging combination is to use a man made material and a natural material in the same space.  It is certainly possible and the final look can be stunning, but it requires more diligence in sampling and conceptualization.  The possibilities are endless!