Kitchen renovators, listen up!

By Katherine Owen
Updated: March 28, 2018
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Marble has had a good run. Granite had a good run before that. But it’s time to put one of the MVP of surfaces back in the spotlight for a minute. It’s durable, it’s clean, and comes in an ever-increasing variety of styles. It’s no wonder quartz is the biggest countertop trend for 2018.

Quartz is man-made, formed from ground-up quartz, resin, and pigments. Sometimes glass, stones, or metal (or an array of other ingredients) is added to the mix, to create variations in the appearance. Thanks to its industrial origin, quartz counters are scratch and stain-resistant, and are non-porous, making them super-tough (and a much cleaner choice!). Mold, bacteria, mildew are not able to penetrate the surface. They also don’t require long-term maintenance, the way wood or natural stone requires re-sealing.

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Quartz often gets knocked for not living up to the natural-stone look of granite, but now with the increasing variety of options and advanced technology, you can have the same look. Or, if you’re looking for a more uniform, monochrome look, quartz can do that too. It’s ideal for seamless corners and sinks.

It’s few, very limited cons? It can get pricey, though no more so than if you were using granite. It also in indoor-only. Though it’s tough enough to be walked upon (you may not have even realized it’s the floor you’re walking on!), it does need to be indoors. Exposure to the elements can eventually cause it to fade, warp, or wear over time. And finally, be careful with heat! Too much can affect the resin, so be sure to use a trivet.

Sources like Cambria offer variations from royal blue to marble look-alike. Hoping for bright-red counters? Quartz can do that too. Also try Ceasarstone and Silestone while you're at it.

Need anymore countertop inspiration? Check out this gallery for inspiration for all kinds of countertop surfaces.

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