Our Top 10 Quartz Countertops That Look Like MarbleJune 01, 2020
In the U.S., 92% of young homeowners plan to renovate their homes, with the kitchen being the most sought-after room for a revamp. While many homeowners used to dream of installing expensive marble countertops, the reality is that the cost can be prohibitive for most renovation budgets.
Fortunately, there is now an alternative to more expensive marble countertops - quartz countertops.
Quartz is an engineered stone that is not only beautiful and durable but also represents great value for money. In fact, some quartz countertops are designed to mimic the look of luxurious marble so convincingly that it's hard to tell the difference.
Introducing the trend of marble look quartz countertops. Read on to discover 10 of our most popular options and why they're the perfect choice for any kitchen renovation project.
Why Are Homeowners Choosing Quartz Countertops Over Marble?
If you're seeking inspiration for your home's design, you may have come across discussions about quartz vs granite countertops. While cost is often a significant factor, it's worth noting the unique characteristics of each material.
Marble is a beautiful natural stone that's been used in architecture and design for centuries. It's formed through a metamorphic process, creating unique veining and patterns. Most marble comes from quarries in Italy, Spain, China, and India, and each slab is a unique piece of art.
Quartz countertops, on the other hand, are man-made using natural quartz minerals. The manufacturer mixes the ground quartz with 5-10% resin or other polymers to create a durable, hard surface. One of the benefits of quartz is its lower price point compared to marble, as it doesn't require mining.
Quartz is also non-porous, which means it won't stain or require sealing like marble. Additionally, marble is prone to etching from acidic substances like lemon juice or tomato sauce, while quartz is much harder and less likely to experience such issues. However, it's worth noting that marble has a unique beauty and character that many homeowners find appealing, and with proper care, it can be a stunning addition to any home.
Quartz has the added benefit of being non-porous, which means it's resistant to staining and doesn't require sealing like marble does. It's also a harder surface than marble and less susceptible to etching from acidic substances such as lemon juice or tomato sauce. However, it's important to note that with proper care, marble can be a stunning and long-lasting choice for countertops.
Popular Marble Looks
Carrara, Calacatta, and Statuarietto marble are three of the most popular types of marble. Each one has a signature look.
Cararra is an Italian marble that comes from the city of the same name. It's known for its soft white background and delicate, yet plentiful, grey veins. It has a feathery look.
Calacatta is a high-end Italian marble. It has a very white background that's marked with dramatic veins that can be brown, beige, gold, or gray.
Statuarietto or Statuary marble is also Italian and many of the world's famous statues and buildings are carved from it. It has a very white background with dramatic light grey veining. It has the softness of Carrara marble with some of the drama of Calacatta.
Since quartz is man-made, it can mimic any type of natural marble. Below, we've listed 10 of our most popular designs, most of which feature the characteristics of natural marble.
1. Calacatta Botanica
The delicate whisper veins in Calacatta Botanica will bring visual interest to your kitchen without overwhelming the style. This is a great choice if you're looking for quiet luxury.
It would look great with a modern design or a more traditional one.
2. Calacatta Clara
The light grey veining and soft white background of Calacatta Clara brings elegance to any kitchen.
Its long linear veining would look striking on a kitchen island. An island is the center of the kitchen, and this stone is meant to be the center of attention.
3. Calacatta Laza
The Calacatta Laza has soft brown veins in a creamy white background. Its signature veins are dramatic, but still approachable. This quartz countertop color will add warmth and brightness to any kitchen.
4. Calacatta Verona
If you're looking for classic white marble at the price of quartz, turn to Calacatta Verona. Its dramatic grey veining is sophisticated and elegant.
It looks great as a backsplash, island, and as a countertop. It will give your home that professional chef style.
5. Carrara Marmi
Creamy white Carrara Marmi marble features whisper-soft grey veins. Its simple pattern won't distract from your other design choices.
From across the kitchen, it offers a clean white background. But, up close you'll get to appreciate its subtle grey pattern.
6. Carrara Morro
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Carrara Morro is a soft white quartz with very subtle grey veins. It's inspired by Carrara marble, but comes with a lower price tag.
This sophisticated counter would look beautiful in a minimalist kitchen. If you're looking for a subtle design, but you don't want a solid white counter, this a great choice.
7. Carrara Grigio
Carrara Grigio Quartz Countertop
Carrara Grigio features a warm white background with subtle yellow undertones. It pairs well with tan and earth tone back splashes.
Its subtle grey veins evoke the look of clouds in the sky. If you're looking to bring warmth and natural tones into your kitchen, Carrara Grigio is the way to go.
8. Cashmere Carrara
The warm white background and soft grey feather veins sets the Cashmere Carrara apart from the crowd. Its delicate gray veins pair well with a warm hardwood floor and stainless steel appliances.
Whether you prefer classic designs or colorful backsplashes, this counter can pair with both.
9. Mara Blanca
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Mara Blanca quartz offers a soft white background with uniform grey veining and tan undertones. Its orderly veins helps it pair well with modern, minimalist, or farmhouse designs.
Since it has uniform veining, it works well with geometric backsplashes as well as classic subway tile.
10. Statuary Classique
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The Statuary Classique quartz proves that simple is beautiful. Its white background features striking bluish-grey veining.
It's a simple stone, but makes a big impact. Keep the rest of your kitchen design simple, so this quartz countertop can really sing.
Find the Marble-Look Quartz of Your Dreams
The right quartz countertop can transform your kitchen. When you choose marble-look quartz, you'll also save on your budget and enjoy the low maintenance.
At MSI, we are ready to help you create your dream kitchen with Premium Natural Quartz. Find an MSI authorized dealer near you, visit an MSI showroom, or chat online with one of our helpful representatives.
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