A Guide to Transforming Your Kitchen With Quartz Countertops

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March 29, 2023
Kallista Design

Remodeling your kitchen is a major task that involves making important decisions about the style and functionality of the space. One choice you will need to make is what kind of countertops you want to install. Kitchen countertops need to blend both form and function, providing durability in a style that fits with your kitchen’s overall aesthetic.  

Quartz kitchen countertops offer the look of natural stone, with durability and chic style that adds a sense of elegance to any kitchen design.  

Find inspiration for your kitchen remodeling project with this overview of quartz kitchen countertops from KALLISTA.  

How Are Quartz Countertops Made?

You may have heard of the mineral quartz, a naturally occurring substance, which is where this countertop material receives its name. Quartz countertops are manufactured from crushed quartz crystals, resin, and pigments.

What Do Quartz Countertops Look Like?

Available in a wide variety of colors, including black and white, quartz countertops can be chosen to fit with almost any design sensibility. Because of the pigment used in manufacturing quartz countertops, any color can be added to the material, whether natural stone hues like gray and brown, or vibrant colors to make your kitchen stand out.  

samples of quartz countertops in various colors and patterns
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From solid colors to subtle patterns, quartz kitchen countertops can flawlessly mimic the look of granite, marble, and other materials. Some designs even feature bits of glass or jewel-like particles that create a shimmering appearance.  

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Darker colors like slate gray are great for modern, open kitchen ideas, while earthy tones pair well with a traditional sensibility. For timeless and chic elegance, you can’t go wrong with a subtle white or off-white countertop, especially when paired with darker cabinets for contrast.  

Unlike other stone surfaces, quartz slab countertops feature a non-porous surface designed to prevent damage, such as stains and scratches, making them an excellent fit for a luxury kitchen.

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Quartz vs. Granite  

Quartz kitchen countertops have a surface durability that rivals that of granite, as most granite countertops need to be resealed on occasion to protect the surface. In contrast, the resins used in quartz slabs improve the material’s stain and scratch resistance, helping to protect your quartz kitchen counter from the natural wear and tear of daily use.  

Quartz vs. Marble

Marble countertops are often considered the height of elegance in kitchen design, but they lack the durability of quartz and can easily be stained or scratched. Marble surfaces also require frequent maintenance and resealing. Quartz kitchen countertops, meanwhile, are nonabsorbent and less likely to become damaged by daily use.  

Advantages of Quartz Countertops  

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Unlike natural stone countertops, quartz does not have to be resealed and requires little maintenance. Daily cleaning with a washcloth and soapy water is enough to keep these countertops looking fresh and clean.

Quartz also offers a unique level of flexibility when it comes to designing or remodeling a kitchen space. The many available colors and patterns make it easy to choose a match for your chosen color palette, and the material’s natural flexibility simplifies the process of molding it around high-end kitchen sinks and curved spaces, like islands.  

Disadvantages of Quartz Countertops

Quartz kitchen countertops tend to be more expensive. Wood, laminate, and concrete slabs are all much more cost-effective, although less durable, options for countertops.  

Just like granite and other natural stone countertops, quartz can be damaged by extreme heat or sudden changes in temperature. However, this concern can easily be avoided by keeping hot pans and other items on trivets or pads, instead of setting them directly on the countertop.  

How to Buy Quartz Countertops

If you’re ready to update your kitchen with quartz countertops, take time to compare the different colors, patterns, and prices available. Do research online and visit big-box and local showrooms in person to review your options and narrow down your selection. If you’re doing a full kitchen remodel, you may also want to choose high-end kitchen faucets and other elements that suit your chosen countertop style.  

Once you’ve chosen the brand and color of quartz kitchen countertops you want, schedule a time for a professional fabricator to visit your home to obtain measurements. The fabricator will then provide you with a quote for the job and order the slabs for your installation.  

Quartz Kitchen Countertop Costs

Just as with any home improvement project, the price of quartz countertops varies depending on the style and labor costs. In general, however, quartz typically costs between $50 and $100 per square foot, including installation, although high-quality countertops can cost as much as $200 or more per square foot.  

What’s Next for Your Kitchen?

Quartz kitchen countertops offer a luxurious blend of style and durability. With a wide range of colors and patterns, these countertops are non-porous and require little maintenance, making them a great option for a high-end kitchen design.

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