New Quartz Looks!
Considering the durability of engineered quartz for your new or remodeled kitchen? Quartz offers a vast array of options to suit any taste and budget. We’re going to take a look at the newest trends in countertops and how that can translate to your project.
For years, engineers have been trying to recreate the look of natural stone in man-made materials. They have tweaked their recipies and tried almost every known formula to get a natural look out of a factory produced material. Recently, great strides have been made in their efforts and now engineered quartz products are competing with natural products head to head. The benefits of factory production mean that background colors can be stronger and cleaner while veining is naturalistic and compact. Where we see this most prevalent is in Marble-like vein patterns. With natural calacatta veined marble being expensive and easy to stain, engineered alternative that offer similar looks are on the rise in popularity.
Mix it up
Gone are the days of matchy-matchy kitchens. From wallpaper, curtains, and coordinating decor items, the era of flat continuous looks is over. We are in the world of the blend. In the kitchen, we are seeing mixed medias coming to the forefront. In larger kitchens, this means perimeter countertops being one color and islands being another. Some take it step further and introduce entirely new materials. Mixes of engineered quartz paired with natural granites and marbles to complement each other. Statement islands featuring natural veins to stand in contrast with solid cabinetry. Tone on tone combinations provide a sophisticated look and add interest to creative spaces.
Smooth it out VS. True Grit
The creamy looks of marble stand in contrast to the granular shapes of granite. This conversation has translated into the engineered quartz world as well. The success of the marble-look quartz colors can be attributed to the smoothness of the back ground colors. Recently though, colors that feature larger aggregate particles have made a resurgence. Instead of sand-size bits of quartz, larger chunks are being incorporated to add contrast and depth to the color field. These looks are almost terrazzo in nature and provide a new spin on a old style.