If you like a low maintenance type of stone in your kitchen, quartz was made for you. Any client who comes to me asking for something easy, family-friendly, durable, indestructible, and stain resistant, I always recommend quartz. Let me start by saying, I love all types of stone… natural (like marble and soapstone), as well as man-made (quartz). I think there’s a time and place for both depending on the home. In my previous kitchen, I had a quartz countertop installed. In my new home, we’re using natural stones throughout- marble on the fireplace, soapstone in the kitchen, and marble in the bathroom (more on all of those projects and stone selections coming soon). However, in the meantime… and for my fellow quartz lovers- check out my favorite countertop swatches and backsplash pairings!One of the main reasons I recommend quartz to families or those looking for a fuss-free surface is because it does not require any sealing – ever. This type of stone offers a virtually zero maintenance solution for countertops. Being non-porous also means that if you spill a glass of wine or olive oil, you don’t have to worry that the countertop is going to soak it up and stain. Luckily, this durable material has come a long way. Gone are the days of repetitive, monochromatic, boring quartz. The technology and material for manufacturing quartz now allows this heavy stone to look like natural stone. Lots of readers ask what my favorite countertop color or material is and that’s a really tough question. While I can’t narrow down my favorite type of stone, I can show you my favorite patterns and colors from each. Check out my favorite quartz swatches below and how I would pair them with a backsplash.
Caesarstone Rugged Concrete + black polished ceramic tile
I really like the color palettes and patterns that have more movement, mimicking natural stone… they feel organic and inviting. Unless you’re going for a super sleek, ultra modern kitchen, these will be the best. Otherwise, the solid white, black, and concrete look-alikes are ideal for mod spaces. Are there any specific combos you’re most attracted to? Kitchens are one of my favorite rooms to design and so far, I’ve never used the same countertop material twice!