Help Me Choose Quartz Countertops for the Kitchen

After a visit to the stone yard, I’m sharing my top 3 quartz countertop options. Help me choose the best one for our Sunrise Farm kitchen!

Earlier this week I visited the stone yard; it’s equally one of the most exciting and most nerve-wracking parts of every kitchen renovation. Exciting – because the countertop adds much-needed depth and personality to the kitchen. Nerve-wracking because, well, countertops are an investment, and making decisions isn’t my favorite. Thankfully, I found a handful of options I absolutely loved, and by some miracle they were all within our budget.

Today I’m sharing those options with you, with hopes that you’ll help me choose one!

At first, we glanced through a couple marble slabs, but I knew there was no convincing the husband. In his mind, marble wasn’t practical, so why in the world would you install it in the kitchen?

Quartzite and dolomite were out of budget; granite was not the look I was going for. So I very quickly narrowed my searched to quartz. We’ve installed quartz in multiple previous projects, and I’ve never had any issues. It’s considered a luxury option, despite being manmade. If you’re curious on why we prefer quartz, I wrote a post all about its advantages.

In the past, I’d gravitate towards white quartz with minimal veins, but this time I wanted something a little more bold. We will be adding an 18-inch backsplash with a 6-inch shelf on the range wall, and I wanted a pattern that would make a beautiful statement. Check out my options, below, and let me know which one’s your favorite!

Option 1: Carrara Mist Quartz

Carrara Mist, above, offers the visual appeal of luxurious marble – without the high maintenance. It has a milky white base with swirls of beige and gray intermixed with ribbons of darker grays. It’s definitely on the warmer side and pairs well with our flooring.

This countertop has a fairly consistent pattern that adds interest and depth but does not overwhelm the room.

Option two: Arctic Ivory Quartz

Arctic Ivory quartz, above, has a light gray background with dark gray marbling. It’s also sometimes called Rococo quartz. The delicate swirl pattern give it a marble-like look. It is of Turkish origin and is classified in the Quartz-Exotics group.

It’s definitely more cool-toned than option 1, although I am definitely drawn to the more organic swirls. Another minus is that it’s significantly more expensive than option 1.

Option 3: Carrara Select Quartz

Carrara Select has a white background and a mild gray pattern; it is the quartz I typically choose for our kitchen projects. If you’re dreaming of a soft white marble look with whispery veins, Carrara Select is a safe choice. Carrara Marmi is a close alternative.

As I mentioned earlier, however, I wanted something with a bit more interest and warmth for this space. The advantage of option 3 is that it’s the most affordable of all three.

I strongly recommend bringing stone samples home and comparing them against cabinets, lighting, paint color and any other finish in the room. Stone can look completely different dependent on which direction your room is facing, how much natural light it gets, the time of day, other items in the room, and so much more! Check out how vastly different the same three samples look, below! One photo was taken facing the light, and in the other the light was behind me.

So, tell me what you think! Which option is your favorite? Which do you think fits the overall aesthetic we’re going for at the Sunrise Farm?

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One Comment

  1. Of course I like the most expensive option the best, hah. Doesn’t it always work that way?

    Countertop pricing is so different in different areas. I was renovating my house from out of state last year, and based on visiting a local dealer I assumed quartzite would be out of budget — only to find out that quartzite was actually *cheaper* than brand name Cambria quartz at the fabricator local to my new house.

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