There is a good reason why quartz countertops continue to be so popular with both top designers and smart homeowners. In the world of kitchen design, they truly offer the best of both worlds — a product that is as durable as it is stylish. Quartz countertops are low-maintenance and nearly impossible to stain, chip, or crack and quartz is available in a wide array of styles and colors. But once you have made the decision to go with quartz (over your granite, concrete, and marble alternatives), how do you choose your ideal quartz countertop?
Here are a few things to consider before purchasing:
Start with Texture & Pattern
It’s the biggest decision you’ll have to make. Do you want a clean, modern work surface for your kitchen or are you looking to have the countertops be a design focal point? Since quartz is a manmade product produced by mixing roughly 90 percent crushed natural quartz with 10 percent polyresin to create its non-porous surface, it can also be customized and designed to look like, well, pretty much anything.
If you love the look of Carrara marble, but don’t want to worry about ruining it with citric acids or stains (we’re looking at you, spilled red wine!) or having the responsibility to apply a sealant every few months, you can achieve a similar look, without the headache and upkeep, with quartz. The same goes for the look of granite. You can achieve a very similar aesthetic with quartz, which often is designed in patterns and colors much like what is found in the natural stone. On the other hand, if you have always wanted a matte black countertop similar to soapstone (or perhaps a countertop that is bright cherry red with sparkles), there is a quartz option for you. And if a classic white surface is what you are wanting, quartz countertops can come in a spectrum of whites with varying degrees of veining ranging from faint to dramatic giving you plenty (and arguably maybe too many) options to choose from.
Think About Color
Still not sure where to begin? Start with the cabinetry. Once you pick a color or wood finish, use that to help direct—and narrow down—your quartz color options. You’ll want to select a countertop whose color doesn’t compete with the cabinets but instead compliments the tones and slightly contrasts.
Tip: Installing countertops are an investment, so you’ll want to think long-term. Choose something you will not tire of quickly (remember cabinets and fixtures can be repainted) and if resale value is something you have in the back of your mind, choosing a neutral design is always a smart choice.
Select the Right Thickness
The two most common thicknesses for quartz slabs are 2cm (about ¾-inch) and 3cm (1¼-inch). The trend is to use 3cm in the kitchen and 2cm in a bathroom, but really there is no hard and fast rule.
Pick an Edge Style
Once you have decided on the color, you’ll need to pick an edge style. This is an opportunity to add a bit more design and personality to your quartz countertops. Chances are you’ll want them to have at least a slightly softened edge, but there are many styles and options to choose from. Learn about the edge variations below, but also keep in mind custom edges are an option, too.
Bullnose Edge: A rounded edge.
Half-Bullnose: A curved top, but a straight bottom portion.
Ogee Edge: A more dramatic, cascading edge of a concave arch the flows into a convex arch
Beveled Edge: A flattened corner at approximately a 45-degree angle.
Eased and Polished Edges: A square edge with softened corners
Choose your appliances and fixtures
Quartz countertops are manufactured in slabs with an average size being around 50-55 square feet. (Learn more about quartz slab sizing here) Before you measure and order your quartz countertops, you’ll want to first pick out your sink, fixtures, and appliances. These dimensions and styles all factor into the amount of quartz you’ll need for your project and help ensure you enough — but not too much — product for the job.
Still feeling stuck?
Here’s another tip for you: Spend some time learning about the various collections that countertop manufacturers offer. For example, Lucciare® offers five unique proprietary collections whose beauty is only matched by their durability and versatility. The more you know about each collection, the better you’ll be able to identify the overall style and aesthetic you’re looking to achieve. Check out the chart below for a sampling of designs from each collection and be sure to check out https://lucciare.com/products/ for the full range of Lucciare designs.
Remember picking the perfect quartz countertop is not a difficult process, you just want to do a bit of research before shopping (like you’re doing now) to ensure you are comfortable with all the options and can feel knowledgeable and confident when making your final decision.