A Guide to Quartz Countertops: Picking Your Shade, Matching Colors, and Taking Care of Them
Quartz is currently one of our most popular materials. Not only are quartz counters long-lasting, but they also provide a modern, clean, and fresh feel to any interior decoration project. So how do you choose the type of quartz and how do you best take care of quartz once it has been installed? Continue reading to find out!
Why Pick Quartz for Your Countertops?
The first reason to consider quartz for your kitchen or bathroom counters is because of its clean and sleek stylish appeal. This stone will match most interior decorating designs – just be mindful of color options.
Quartz is also a man-made stone. This means it can have an evenly distributed pattern throughout the entire piece of quartz. Compare this to marble, a natural stone, which rarely has a uniform pattern. If consistency is important, you’ll appreciate quartz countertops. As we mentioned in our post, Quartz vs. Quartzite: What’s the Difference?, what customers don’t usually know is that quartz countertops are still derived from natural stone, which makes up around 90% of the material.
Quartz can also be a budget-friendly option if you are looking for a more affordable way to update your countertops but still have a high-end appearance. Because it is easy to manufacture at a lower cost, there are several design options to choose from across a wide array of colors.
Popular Shades of Quartz
While there are lots of shades to choose from, white quartz shades are among the most popular and trending options for 2020. Some shades carry hints of other colors embedded in the design, some are created to mimic marble, and others are mostly solid colors. Click here to view our in-stock quartz.
How to Match Your Shade
Creating an aesthetically pleasing, design-oriented home is at the top of most home remodeling to-do lists. Color can either make or break a home’s look, so putting thought into color-matching is essential. Matching the shade of your room to the tone of your quartz countertops can actually be quite simple.
We would recommend picking the color scheme of the room first, and then the color of the quartz. You can then compare the color swatches of the room with the quartz before making any permanent decisions.
It’s important to remember to view the room in different kinds of lighting to get an idea of how the light will affect the color of the quartz you choose. Make sure to keep the undertones and textures of the room in mind, and always go for complementary patterns.
How to Take Care of Quartz Countertops
The good news here is that quartz is exceptionally easy to clean and maintain. Unlike natural stones, man-made stones are not as porous or fragile, which means greater resistance to stains and higher durability to scratches. Our top tips for taking care of quartz are…
- Never use bleach or abrasive cleaning tools. Always use a soft cloth and a mild cleaning agent. Green products or cleaners made specifically for stone are best.
- Wipe down the counters every day, and immediately tend to spilled liquids and food.
- For stuck-on goo, use a plastic knife to scrape it away gently. Never use a sharp knife as it will damage the counter.
- Make sure to use hot pads with hot pans. Quartz can resist temperatures up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit but can be damaged by quick changes in temperature.
Quartz countertops can be a practical and aesthetically pleasing addition to your kitchen or bathroom. The stone’s sophisticated look also adds value to your home, especially if you ever decide to sell. If you think quartz might be a good choice for you, take a look at our current quartz inventory or reach out to a member of our team for more information.