Stone is a natural choice for homeowners when designing a kitchen because it provides a classic appearance coupled with a sturdy and durable material in such a heavily used room.
However, not all stones are equal when it comes to designing countertops, and quartzite is proving increasingly popular as an alternative to more traditional stones such as marble or granite. It provides a great, lower-cost option to marble because it can produce the same sleek, speckled appearance but without some of the maintenance and other headaches than can make using marble stressful.
Quartzite is a metamorphic rock which starts as sandstone, and then through the application of heat and pressure, is converted into the substance used for kitchen countertops. It’s a hard stone that is resistant to damage. This means there’s less concern about knives or hot pans scratching or straining the counter, compared to marble which is more sensitive and prone to such damage.
Another benefit of using quartzite, compared to marble or other varieties of stone, is that it’s non-porous, meaning that spills expected in the kitchen from cooking or other liquids won’t seep in to the stone countertop and ruin it. This also means that cleaning quartzite counters is easy with soap and water, another benefit over marble in a room like a kitchen that sees a lot of use.
A classic, subtle look for a kitchen is soft whites and grays for the floors, cabinets and countertops. Here’s where quartzite can work incredibly well. The specks and swirls of the stone in those soft shades pairs well with all-white wood or other cabinets. For certain kitchens, the same quartzite can also be used for flooring because the material is strong enough to withstand a lot of foot traffic.
White quartzite can also look great when the countertops show off the thin black and gray streaks that make the material resemble marble. But this imitation marble is much more resilient, and can be used not only for indoor kitchens but also for countertops in outside dining areas.
But choices aren’t just limited to those hues, as quartzite counters are available in several other colors. For example, consider designing countertops that mix blues, grays, and blacks but a more vibrant appearance than plain white – one that still looks elegant in any kitchen.
More eye-catching designs include quartzite countertops featuring a mix of browns, golds, and whites, for a beautiful look that works well in kitchens with darker cabinets and units.
Quartzite is also easy to shape to whatever the space limitations might be, so it doesn’t have to be produced in regular rectangle slabs. It’s possible to craft quartzite into slabs with rounded edges, or curved lines. This means that the layout of a kitchen is never a barrier to using quartzite.
The above designs are just some of the many choices homeowners have when figuring out the right look for their kitchens. Because quartzite has the same wide range in design options as marble – but at much lower cost and much easier maintenance – it’s a great option for kitchen counters.