Quartz Kitchen Designs
Creating a Kitchen Design using any stone is never an easy task. Making sure that your entire kitchen flows together flawlessly is a crucial part of producing a successful quartz kitchen.
White Quartz is the most popular type of stone used for Kitchen Countertops. It’s the easiest to match with, it can almost match with any cabinets, appliances, etc.
When going for a high contrast look, White or light colored Quartz with dark painted cabinets like Dark Grey, Black, or Dark Brown can create a beautiful and memorable kitchen.
When using Quartz, Counters, like the kitchen counters & island are the most common types of places for Quartz to be found. To produce a beautiful kitchen, it’s rudimentary that all stone is generally matching in color, this means that you should use the same type of Quartz for your island, counters, & vanity.
Designing Your Kitchen with Quartz
When you move into new home (or perhaps if you’re planning to make certain creative and structural renovations to your current digs), it is only normal for you to get eager and want to do a wide array of things
For most people, redefining the kitchen is one of the biggest structural makeovers that can occur in a house. In order to do this effectively, we usually narrow down our options to granite (which is a natural stone) and quartz (an engineered stone).
Making a decision between these two is definitely not an easy step, especially when given the fact that none of them is particularly weak on their own. Each of them is touted by its manufacturer, and only a perfect understanding of what you want in a design material is going to help save you from the general confusion.
But in what areas are they really different? How do you make a clear distinction between both materials that will help you get exactly what you’re looking for?
Below is a quick comparison list between the two materials. Comparisons are done as regarding five major aspects and criteria, and we also threw in a recommendation note at the end (you know, just because we’re concerned about making things much easier for you).
Now before we begin, you should know this; as stated earlier, both materials are pretty great in their own respect. This is not to disparage any one of them, but the fact still remains that just like every other thing, there’s got to be pros and cons.
Which One Is More “Natural”?
Both granite and quartz have an overwhelmingly high percentage of natural products as part of their constituent elements. However, one of these two seems to come out with a slight lead:
- Granite is 100% natural. For instance, slab granite counter is literally cut from the Earth’s surface at a quarry, shaped to fit a certain form and size, and perfected until it becomes smooth and fine. There’s no additive or anything; all you get is pure and natural granite.
- Quartz, on the other hand, is actually 97% natural. However, the level of quartz in certain materials can vary to a high degree in that while a quartz manufacturer might make use of 97% quartz, another can choose 93% (97% and 93% are actually the most commonly used numbers). The remaining parts are usually comprised of pigment and binding resins, polymer resins etc. The resins are responsible for perfectly amalgamating the particles firmly together and the pigment is the part of it that provides color and aesthetic property.
If you’re working with granite of quartz, then you should know that there are no bargains with either of these materials. Feel free to choose another material (you know, like laminate) if you’re not looking to spend much cash. Both granite and quartz are usually sourced overseas, so their price will vary a little bit. The products are shipped overseas through containers and vessels and as such, you can rest assured that the rice of petroleum will fit into consideration as well.
- Granite: With slab granite, expect to pay a price in the region of $60 per square foot for starters. However, you should also know that process can rise exponentially, so be ready for that as well.
- Quartz: For quartz, expect to pay something in the region of between $67 and $93 per square foot, with installation costs inclusive.
Radon is a radioactive gas which research has shown to have a link to lung cancer over the years. Both granite and quartz have component elements of radon and when it comes to things like countertops, radon is definitely a contentious issue. However, you, as a homeowner, don’t particularly need to be scared about radon content, as manufacturers have been able to devise methods to keep its effects to the barest minimum.
- Granite: Multiple magazine and research reports have given credit to the fact that scientists have found almost no trace of radon from granite.
- Quartz: Quartz is an engineered stone and as such, there is radon content. However, the content of radon in quartz is very little and basically harmless.
To the usual person, it would seem like stone, whether natural or engineered, should come with little to no effort required for maintenance. However, this is not necessarily so. Both quartz and granite require maintenance, although one seems to require more maintenance than the other.
- Quartz: Quartz contains no pores in its material and as such, it does not need initial or continued sealing. It is also very strong and resistant to a wide array of potentially damaging conditions (eat, pressure, contact with acidic content, etc.)
- Granite: Granite is quite high-maintenance. Upon installation, sealing is required you’ll also need to have it sealed on a regular basis, so be careful for that as well.
- Quartz: One of the major advantages that you can expect to get with engineered stone is that most of its flaws have been manipulated and worked around. This means that you won’t find any invisible cracks just waiting to break open some day and damage the entire material. Quartz counters are also highly resistant to staining, cracking, and breaking due to the presence of binding resins, which hold particles together in place.
- Granite: Natural slab granite, even though it is incredibly beautiful to behold, has certain flaw and imperfections. As a homeowner, you can either love, hate or accept these imperfections, but they’re still a part of the material. For instance, if subjected to red wine, granite is prone to developing a pretty nasty stain.
The recommendation we’ll provide will largely depend on your preferences, as people have different expectations from a kitchen counter when choosing the material to choice. As stated earlier, both granite and quartz are pretty great materials in their own resect. However, consider the following:
Quartz is a material that is designed especially to fit rigorous and harsh kitchen conditions if you’ve got a kitchen that sees a lot of traffic and activity and you’ll like a kitchen counter that favors functionality and strength, then quartz is the unequivocal best choice for. It also uses waste materials, as opposed to quarrying new materials, making it the best choice for homeowners who are concerned about the environment.
However, feel free to go for granite if you favor appearance and aesthetic appeal and if your kitchen doesn’t see a lot of activity (for instance, if you live alone). The look of natural stone is unrivalled and it will certainly do its own part to make your kitchen look as beautiful and alluring as possible.
Quartz: The Perfect Choice for a Modern Kitchen
If you are looking to give your kitchen a modern and up-to-date look, then you might not specifically need a huge remodeling project. While a lot of people might not be in favor of taking a slow and step-by-step approach, it is actually the best if you’re looking to monitor the transformation of your kitchen more closely, you get to select the exact materials and parts that will give your kitchen the look and feel that you are actually gunning for. Basically, you’ll feel less stressed out and more in control.
When the time comes for you to make an update to your kitchen countertops, you will most probably finds that you have quite a lot of materials, styles and colors at your disposal and while each material definitely has its own merits, you might want to go with quartz. With a fashionable, modern and sturdy design, there’s really only a few downsides that you can get when working with quartz.
So why choose quartz?
Quartz is attractive
The purpose of upgrading you r kitchen might be with a view to sell your home and make a neat profit from it. If you’re one of the people who do this, then you will definitely want to install quartz. Installing a quartz countertop is extremely appealing to potential buyer and it also increases your chances of making an awesome sale. Among its many advantages and upsides, quartz is extremely beautiful. It can also look really similar to granite; an attribute that has a huge potential of elevating the appearance of your kitchen.
All in all, quartz can help elevate the look of your kitchen and make it look organized and professional, regardless of why you’re really making an upgrade.
The added strength and durability
In recent times the most modern quartz kitchen countertops have been made from 95% ground quartz and 5% binding resin. Quartz is extremely hard and it requires very little maintenance (verging on none at all). It often has the natural look of stone, although quartz comes in a wide array of colors.
Quartz is also essentially indestructible, and it has been found to be able to withstand pretty high levels of heat and pressure. This means that quartz is the perfect countertop material for kitchens that see a lot of activity and traffic.
Quartz is the appropriate choice for a busy kitchen
Do you have a lot of people in your home? Do you love cooking often?
Today, the purpose of the quintessential kitchen has gone far beyond just the preparation of food. The kitchen has grown into a place where people can gather for a wide array of reasons homework purposes, general cooking and culinary projects, and even the occasional hangout session. It goes without saying that the modern kitchen will experience far more traffic.
In order to accommodate needs such as those stated above, quartz is perfectly equipped. It is antimicrobial, as well as being able to handle great forces. Quartz comes naturally with no pores within its particles, meaning it gives little to no accommodation for the growth and existence of bacteria and other microorganisms. It also has the ability to withstand contact with acidic materials, and it takes quite a lot to get quartz stained (even if it gets stained, quartz is really easy to clean; this makes it perfect for intrepid cooks or those who have kitchens of smaller sizes).
Ease of installation
Although quartz is a very heavy material, it is pretty easy to install it in sabs. This means that it can easily be incorporated into your kitchen in a number of ways, thereby avoiding the usual less elegant feel that you get with piecemeal countertops.
However, you should also note that improper handling prior to installation can cause quartz to crack (this is due to its weight and the presence of foibles. Regardless, if that is your biggest source of concern, also remember that it’s a pretty trivial issue when you consider its advantages.)
Tips on Designing Your Kitchen with Quartz
TIP 1: It is important for you to choose your countertop first before any other thing.
If you’re going to choose quartz, make sure to decide on it and make a move as quick as possible this is because prices of materials per square foot are subject to variations. Make sure that you choose the countertop material you love (in this case, quartz) and make a move to get it as quick as you can.
TIP 2: Be sure to put other materials and the surroundings into consideration as well
For instance, if you own a home that has an open plan, make sure that the characteristics and visual properties of your countertop will work with the other finishes, colors and fabrics around it. Make sure that you take your time to look at stone samples in the kitchen itself and use these samples to pick the color of your quartz countertop. Fortunately, quartz comes in a wide array of colors (actually, quartz has the highest level of color variation amongst all countertop materials), so you should be able to find the perfect color to fit into your kitchen.
TIP 3: Please don’t sacrifice your dream countertop because you’re afraid it won’t last
From the characteristics above, it is pretty sure that quartz is a huge performer when it comes to the durability and maintenance departments. No matter the form of quartz, rest assured that it’ll last and you won’t have any functionality issues. When you see a form of quartz that you love, go ahead and make the purchase.
TIP 4: Why not consider a tile countertop?
Although it’s true that many kitchens today have slab countertops, you might want to consider a tile countertop as well. Apart from the fact that it will give your kitchen a unique and distinct look, tiles also offer a plethora of style and color options and you can also use them in various ways to add your personal characteristics and color.
TIP: You don’t necessarily have to make use of the same material for every counter space.
You can use quartz for areas near the sink or the cooking area, where stains are more likely to occur, and change this up in other parts of the kitchen. You can use a more porous material like marble in an area where you can minimize spills and let its beauty add to that of the whole kitchen.
However, when combining, make sure to take things like color and compatibility into consideration as well. You definitely don’t want your kitchen to look out of place.
TIP 6: Edges and backsplashes
Feel free to be creative when working your edges and backsplashes. If you choose a more built-up edge, it can provide more personality and substance to your entire countertop. A curved or stepped backsplash can also add some interest, and they go well with your budget too (so win-win)