Popular kitchen designs change every few years. But one enduring look that has remained popular for decades, and shows no signs of slowing down, is the white kitchen.
White kitchens appear light, bright, and stylish no matter whether you’re opting for something traditional or something contemporary in design. And one of the most popular ways to achieve this look is with a white countertop, regardless of how much white is used in the rest of the room.
Traditionally, many people chose to use white marble for their kitchens. This is problematic, however, as white marble has a tendency to stain and show etch marks. White granite also shows similar results. Therefore, the best way to achieve the look and style of a white kitchen is to use white quartz countertops instead.
Many kitchen design magazines and Pinterest pages show off beautiful kitchens with white marble counters. They often feature Bianco Carrara, a traditional Italian marble, that has a soft white/gray background and deeper gray vein that calls luxury, wealth, and high fashion to mind.
But marble is a soft, metamorphic stone made primarily of calcite. The surface of the marble is made of up thousands of tiny holes that render the stone porous, even when it’s been polished to a high sheen. It can absorb liquids such as spilled wine or grease from a pizza, leaving permanent stains that will stand out against the white background. Calcite can also be harmed by acids, such as spilled lemon juice or a dropped tomato, resulting in dull spots on the surface of the counter.
This makes a marble countertop impractical for most homes with active kitchens.
Quartz countertops are available in many of the same colors and vein patterns of marble but without the excessive upkeep. Quartz counters are made of roughly 90 – 93% quartz mixed with a resin. This means that they’re non-porous and won’t absorb liquids that can stain. They’re also impervious to acids and won’t etch or dull over time.
With a white quartz countertop, you can have the look and style you want, with the upkeep and low maintenance durability you need in a busy home.
THE MANY STYLES OF QUARTZ
There are many white marbles and granites to choose from, each with their own character. This includes bright whites like Thassos and whites with gold veins like Calacatta. White quartz countertops come in many of the same whites and patterns, all with the durability and lower maintenance of quartz.
For contemporary kitchens, a true, bright white like Royale Blanc can give you a clean, minimalist appearance for your home. This pure white quartz has a very sleek surface appearance, so whether you pair with white cabinets or with one of the newer, bold-colored cabinets, there’s no veining or secondary color to distract from your design.
More transitional kitchens that bridge the gap between contemporary and traditional will look their best in a quartz counter like Chantilly. This stone has a bright white background with a deep gray vein. This more updated look helps the kitchen achieve a style all your own. Pair it with a painted gray cabinet or with “greige” flooring and a clean white backsplash to get a cutting-edge look that will have mass appeal.
Traditional kitchens need a softer look to really look their best. Whites that have a slightly grayer background or that aren’t quite as bright can give you the look you’re after, without competing with the rest of the room’s design. Consider a counter like Campina, which has a softer look and a more subtle vein that is just discernible from the background. This softer-colored stone will look beautiful paired with a deep, mahogany colored cabinet to lighten the room, or with a white, painted cabinet to create a more monochromatic look.
WHITE QUARTZ DESIGN IDEAS
White quartz countertops are as versatile as they are beautiful. They can be used in numerous styles of kitchens or bathrooms, and in many areas of the home. Check out these 7 design ideas for inspiration.
1. Classic White Island
Islands add function and space to a room. They also automatically become the focal point in any room they’re added to. In this room, the white quartz counter complements the clean white cabinets, while the gray vein picks up the color of the island for a cohesive look.
2. Waterfall Statement
Slab countertops open up a lot of possibilities for use, including creating a waterfall counter on the island. The white quartz counter against the dark espresso color of the cabinets makes a beautiful contrast in this kitchen. Now the island really pops, creating a contemporary design.
3. A White Backdrop
The only color in this kitchen design comes from the blue island the warmth of the wood floor. This white on white makes those two colors stand out while creating a clean, sleek look. The gray veins in the counter add just enough color to keep the room from becoming too sterile.
4. Clean White Sink Top
The beauty of a white quartz counter isn’t just reserved for the kitchen; it can make an elegant statement in the bathroom as well. White bathrooms have always been in style, and a white slab counter with white porcelain sinks will always have appeal.
5. Classic Appeal
In a traditional kitchen, there is nothing quite like the look of white marble for elegance. This white quartz counter, with its soft grey veining, achieves a similar look. The color of the veins matches the island and picks up the color of the room beyond for a perfect color story that flows between rooms.
6. Brilliantly Light
It’s becoming increasingly common to add a small counter area for entertaining in many kitchens. This one simultaneously blends in and stands out with a white counter surrounded by white cabinets and backsplash. The under cabinet lighting makes the counter shine, which draws the eye.
7. Texture Contrast
The grain of these cabinets creates many horizontal lines that are picked up by the backsplash and the direction of the wood floor. This many linear marks makes the kitchen too severe on their own. The soft, varied veining of the white quartz countertop softens the entire look. Now the kitchen feels more approachable, as well as beautiful.
UPDATE YOUR KITCHEN WITH WHITE QUARTZ
White quartz countertops come in a wide range of different styles, shades, and vein patterns. They can be bright white or soft, have sparkle, or a taupe undertone. And no matter which color you choose for your kitchen, they are all durable, low maintenance, and much easier to care for long-term than either marble or granite.
Whether you’re attempting to create a completely white kitchen, or you just want a white counter to lighten and become the focal point of the space, quartz countertops deliver. Create a kitchen that is both a showcase of style and a functional room where you can cook and eat without fear of stains. Choose a white quartz slab for your next countertop and bring your kitchen’s style to new heights.