Like most of the world, we have spent an abundance of time in our homes these last 18-24 months. During that time, we thought about the things we wanted to update, change and renovate in our homes once the opportunity became available. We have seen a frenzy of home improvements, renovations, and interior design updates in the last six to eight months. Some of the main areas that homeowners are focusing on, the kitchen and bathrooms. With updates to these areas comes changes in cabinetry, appliances, and of course, countertops. One of the hottest trends that we have seen recently is using quartzite for the surfaces in kitchens and bathrooms.
Quartzite may have been the last option you thought of, but once you are familiar with its beauty and durability, you will agree that this trend may be just starting but will be around for some time.
Quartzite is a natural stone that begins as sandstone, which under a natural process of heat and pressure is fused with sparkly quartz crystals to form quartzite. Quartzite is an eight on the Mohs Scale of Hardness (one being the softest and 10 the hardest). Quartzite is mostly a hard stone. A sealer is suggested for all quartzite surface areas.
Quartzite can have two different looks—one bolder and dark and the other light and creamy. The color of the quartzite can sometimes vary depending on where it was quarried or the minerals that were present when it formed. This stone typically comes in white, light grey shades, but the stone’s minerals can pick up shades of pink, gold, and reddish-brown hues.
Quartzite slab colors are beautiful and unique. Each piece can bring a different look to the area that you are using it. Some of the trending color palettes for quartzite are:
Calcutta Quartzite: This can resemble the Italian marbles in appearance but are much more durable. This color is soft white with grayish or gold-hued beige veins that run throughout the stone.
Taj Mahal Quartzite: This stone has a white to cream color base with grey and subtle gold veins that run through the stone. Although this is subtle in nature, it can be the focal point in any kitchen.
White Pearl Quartzite: The white pearl has a creamy background with grey and taupe veining throughout. Some have linear veining, while others have sweeping veins coloring the stone.
White Macauba Quartzite: This white backgrounded stone has deep grey veins. This stone tends to resemble marble and is used in many kitchens areas.
Blue Macauba Quartzite: This quartzite is a statement no matter where you use it. With shades of white, beige, and blue tones that make up the veins, it stands out in any area.
Winter Storm Quartzite: Just as the name suggests, this stone has a white, grey base with floating lines of darker grey throughout the stone.
Quartzite is one of the most beautiful materials you can use in your kitchen. This stone offers the benefit of durability with an element of style. Quartzite as a choice for your home will never disappoint. In terms of maintenance, it is pretty easy to clean. All you need is warm water and a mild dish detergent.
Quartzite pricing typically begins at $80/sq foot for typical colors and patterns. Measure your space when pricing out your area, taking backsplashes, overhangs, and matching cutting boards into account.
Continental is here to walk you through the process whether you decide on quartzite or any other stone product. We are happy to work with you as a homeowner, contractor, or interior design professional. Please stop by our showroom to see all of your options and speak with one of our team members.
Continental Granite & Cabinets offers our clients a wide variety of custom fabrication needs, such as countertops, fireplaces, stairs, wall cladding, flooring, bars, furniture pieces, custom trim, and much more. We also offer a wide range of products to make such creations such as Granite, Marble, Onyx, Travertine, Silestone, Cambria, Caesarstone, Corian, etc. Continental Granite & Cabinets is proud to be a family-owned and operated business and treats its customers as if they were one of their own. We believe the relationship we form with our customers lasts much longer than the current project we are working on with them. To learn more, call us today at 386.586.7059 or fill out our contact form here.