Marble is a much-sought after material for countertops because of its elegant appearance. However, this natural stone comes with some drawbacks, such as high costs and easy scratching and staining, so that’s why many homeowners are using quartz to mimic the look of marble countertops.
Quartz is a man-made substance that combines quartz crystals with resin to produce a sturdy material that is available in a huge range of colors and patterns, some of which resemble actual marble. Among the many benefits of quartz is that it’s incredibly strong, it’s very resistant to stains, and it won’t absorb liquids, so there’s no need to invest in expensive sealing for countertops.
The strength of quartz and its resistance to damage make it ideal for countertops in kitchens that see a lot of spills and other accidents, yet those aren’t the only perks of using quartz countertops. Because it’s man-made, quartz is also significantly less expensive than marble, which makes it the ideal choice for designers that want a cheaper, stronger alternative to marble.
For example, consider quartz produced to resemble white marble with veins and specks of gray and darker shades of white. This material produces a bright countertop that pairs nicely with white-colored kitchen fixtures and fittings, and with light-colored wooden floors.
Or opt for a more understated look that still resembles marble by choosing a sheer white quartz countertop with very feint veins of gray, making any kitchen look sophisticated. This subtler type of quartz can work well with other neutral colors for floors and appliances.
Alternatively, provide some contrast in the kitchen by pairing white quartz countertops with thin veins of white and gray with cabinets in a strikingly different color. One great look is to combine this type of quartz countertop with cabinets colored in a light shade of blue.
Quartz can also be used for the “islands” in a kitchen, which are the stand-alone units separate from regular countertops. Using a white quartz countertop with just the slightest beige veining creates a classy kitchen island that anyone would believe is marble.
Of course, quartz can also function just as well for countertops in other rooms, and its resilience to spills and stains makes it a particularly great replacement for marble in the bathroom.
Designers might want to consider using white marble quartz countertops in the bathroom with some gray veins, matching that with actual marble used for a backsplash that catches spills, or a marble wall mosaic. It’s one way to combine both materials for a great overall design, and one that will be easy to clean in such a busy room as the bathroom where splashes and spills are frequent.
These designs are just five ways that show off the versatility of using quartz countertops in place of marble, and these and other approaches are wonderful choices for homeowners that want to bring an extra touch of class to their designs – while saving money and eliminating the stress of maintaining the countertops and keeping them looking as good as the day that they were installed.