Should I use granite in my home? Should I use quartz in the kitchen? What are my countertop options? Well, and this is my opinion, I can tell you why I personally don’t care for granite. I’ll also tell you that you do have other options that may be even better than granite – that’s right – better than granite.
I know that granite is the first thing new homeowners ask for when they are buying a new home. I understand that granite is the #1 upgrade that people look for but is it just because they don’t know what their other options are?
Choosing the right countertop is like shopping for jeans. You go to the store and are bombarded by hundreds of choices. Do you choose a pair that YOU really like or just a pair that everyone else is buying because – well, everyone else is buying them so it must be the right choice. I understand your frustration. I don’t like shopping for jeans either but you have to know your options and which is the best fit for you – for your home since we’re really talking about granite here.
So, here’s some pictures I took of Silestone quartz. Now don’t judge right away – look first. First of all, there is just a plethora amount of information that I can list here but instead, I’ve provided a fact sheet that your can read at the end of this post that will answer all your quartz questions. I’ll just briefly tell you a little about why you should at least consider using quartz.
The piece I have here is just gorgeous! The name of it is Rose Gray. Why is this such a great color choice for your kitchen? First of all its gray – a very desirable hue to have in your home now. Rose Gray is not too light not too dark and has several hues in it so you have limitless color options to coordinate with your kitchen. See the pink? This will look amazing if you have cherry cabinets in your kitchen. White cabinets will also be super nice with this quartz.
Now these three are great color choices if you don’t want to stray too far away from your comfort zone of granite because they have a very similar color pattern. Starting from left to right – Alpina White, Giallo Quarry and Black Canyon. Very traditional looking for your kitchen.
Now here’s where I get a little excited because these are colors that you normally don’t see on kitchen counter tops. Again from left to right are Marina Stellar and Nile. I would probably choose the blue Marina Stellar for a bathroom counter top for obvious reasons. I’ve seen this blue in kids bathrooms with white cabinets and its blue ribbon beautiful. Nile can also be stunning for the kitchen. Have walnut or dark cabinets? The warm glow of Nile is going to be perfect with dark brown hues.
I know we’re starting to leave your color comfort zone but before you write this pinky quartz off, think of the overall look of your kitchen and how Stellar Rose will fit in. Dark, wide plank BR11 flooring like Dark Mahogany will be stunning with Stellar Rose.
Can you picture it?
Now look at quartz. Similar look, similar feel. I’m not 100% sure of the prices so you’ll have to look into this but I can tell you this don’t have to seal it! That alone would sell me on this product.
There are few things that I don’t like about granite. Like I just mentioned, sealing and having noticable seams are a HUGE turnoff to me. Granite can stain and I think the #1 reason I don’t like it is because it’s in everyone’s house! I always say, think outside the box when it comes to color and designs for your home. The Jones’ are not always right.
Please check out the Silestone Quartz fact-sheet. You’ll be surprised what you didn’t know about quartz.
GO FOR IT!
Amen! I couldn’t agree with you more with granite! It’s everywhere and I would rather do something different.
I’d rather have something different in my house as well – quartz just has so many more colors available and it’s easier to keep clean. Thanks Andrea 🙂
Very true!! My countertops are… well I don’t know, since I’m renting! HA! But, they are not durable… and it’s difficult for me b/c I work on the countertops A LOT. I know one day when we buy a home, my kitchen will be upgraded to suit what I need it for.
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We still need to choose our new countertops so this info is timely as we are considering silestone. Or even concrete.
Concrete would be cool depending on the style of your kitchen but quartz will always be my favorite.
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