Low maintenance and white are not words I’m used to seeing describe the same thing let alone describe a kitchen. Kitchens are messy. As the new family room of the house, they mess prone.
Over the past 3 weeks, I’ve shared some of my favorite kitchen trends and this week, a new trend in countertops. (Catch up on Week 1, Week 2, Week 3). A white and bright alternative to marble and granite that is low maintenance and still beautiful. The unicorn of kitchen countertops?
I’m getting a head start on the design style and materials for our kitchen renovation. Every decision feels like a big one since nothing is cheap, but the countertops feel like one of the most important. You can skimp on the look of a fridge and cover it in a custom cabinet, but your countertops are always exposed. And, they deal with the most ware and tear in your kitchen.
A quick look at what quartz is up against –
Hands down marble is my favorite “look” for a countertop. It’s veining is absolutely beautiful and natural, but it stains easily and has a bad rap for being really tough to clean. Every day activities can cause stains and discoloration that leaves most marble countertop owners with ready-made squirt bottles and rags for any spills. The maintenance is definitely a down-side but some people have been able to get over the inevitable spill and love the worn look. It’s a classic after all.
Granite gets a little bit better with cleaning, but as a semi-porous material it requires regular care to seal the surface each year. The look of granite can come closer to marble when you look at princess or white granite but it’s veining will never look the same as marble. It’s more speckled than marble but still a natural stone.
Quartz has come out on top of the kitchen countertop list for its durability. It isn’t porous so it allows for low maintenance and easy cleaning. The catch? Quartz is man-made. So if you’re looking for a natural stone you’re going to have to deal with some of the maintenance that comes with it. In the past few years, quartz has really upped its game in style. You can get closer to the gray veining look of marble than years past. Here are some of my favorite designers/bloggers who have installed quartz countertops in their client’s or their own kitchens.
source: Becki Owens
Source: The Hunted Interior Countertops: Martha Stewart in Snowcap
Read more about the pros and cons of quartz here.
Do you have a quartz countertop? I’d love to hear what you think. Pros or cons!
Image 1 source: House of Jade | Quartz: Carrara by Pental Quartz