Quartz Countertop

A Practical Guide to Choosing the Perfect Kitchen Countertop

Selecting the right countertop for your kitchen can be a thrilling yet daunting task. With a plethora of options available today, it's essential to make an informed decision that aligns with your kitchen's aesthetic, functionality, and overall style. The following basic guidelines will walk you through the step-by-step process of choosing a new countertop, considering new hardware, paint colors, edge finishes, and the pros and cons of two popular materials that are currently trending: Quartz and Quartzite.

Step 1: Assess Your Kitchen's Style and Needs

Before diving into countertop options, evaluate your kitchen's design, color scheme, and overall ambiance. Consider factors such as your cabinets, flooring, and appliances to a certain extent. Always make sure that your countertop choice color coordinates with your floor. This is where you really need to pay attention to the colors and the hue family. Do not choose warm yellow and brown granite if you have cool gray floors for example.

The backsplash selection, cabinet hardware and paint colors should all coordinate. If possible, try and choose all the fixed and new elements together, in order to create a cohesive, well curated color palette.

Whether you are updating an existing kitchen or planning a new kitchen, pay attention to the design style. The ideal would be to work with your home’s architectural style. Are you aiming for a modern, rustic, or classic look?

Also, identify your functional needs. Do you require a durable surface for heavy cooking or a low-maintenance option?

Step 2: Explore Countertop Materials

Research the various countertop materials available, keeping in mind their durability, maintenance requirements, and aesthetics. There are numerous choices available, but I will discuss the 2 most popular choices in this post

Quartz and Quartzite:


Pros: Non-porous, highly durable, resists stains, scratches, and heat, available in a reasonable range of colors and patterns.

Cons: Can be relatively expensive, may discolor over time when exposed to direct sunlight. (although I have never seen that myself)

Quartzite: (Tip: GranITE and QuartzITE = natural stone)

Pros: Natural stone with unique patterns, high heat resistance, less prone to discoloration, adds elegance to the kitchen.

Cons: Requires regular sealing to maintain its appearance, not as resistant to stains as quartz.

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Step 3: Consider Hardware and Paint Colors

Choose hardware that complements the overall look and feel of the kitchen style. If applicable, obtain inspiration from your light fixtures, stove knobs if it is a brand like Café, for instance, that has different color knob options like gold or brass. And yes, it is acceptable to mix your metals!

Select paint shades that harmonize with the countertop and flooring, enhancing the overall visual appeal of the space.

Step 4: Evaluate Edge Finishes

Edge finishes play a significant role in the final look of your countertop. Some modern updated edge options include eased, beveled, and ogee depending on the style of your cabinets and the waterfall edge seems to be still very popular. Choose an edge finish that complements your kitchen's style while considering safety (sharp corners) and ease of cleaning.

I usually base my decision on the style of the house and the age of the cabinets (older cabinets don’t usually have smooth “facing” so I will probably not suggest a modern Eased Edge, but each situation should be analyzed and discussed.

Ogee edge

Step 5: Embrace the Countertop Backsplash Trend (Or not)

Using the countertop as a backsplash is a rising trend (2023) that can create a seamless and modern look. However, it's essential to approach this trend with consideration:

When to Embrace the Countertop Backsplash Trend:

- In smaller kitchens, where a continuous surface visually expands the space.

- When aiming for a minimalist and sleek appearance.

- When the countertop material is particularly striking, and you use it as part of your design aesthetics.

When to Avoid the Countertop Backsplash Trend:

- If your countertop material is porous and prone to stains, it might be difficult to clean splatters.

- In kitchens with heavy cooking activity, as the risk of staining and damage increases.

- When you prefer a more traditional or defined look with a distinct backsplash.

Qartz backsplash

Step 6: Gather Samples and Visualize

Narrow down your choices to a few top contenders. Collect samples of countertop materials, paint colors, and hardware. Place them all together on a white sheet in order to get a clear visual of all the choices together. The best practice is to visualize how they interact with your existing elements and lighting. An Architectural Color Consultant could be invaluable in this situation if you are planning on cosmetic changes only and don’t mess around with structural changes and if you are uncertain about your choices. Avoid making expensive, unnecessary mistakes. Help is available!

Step 7: Seek Professional Guidance

Consult with countertop specialists to get expert advice on material properties, maintenance requirements, and installation considerations. They can help you make an informed decision that aligns with your vision and budget.

Step 8: Make the Final Decision

After considering all the factors and gathering insights, make your final decision. Ensure that your chosen countertop material, hardware, paint colors, and edge finishes cohesively blend to create a stunning and functional kitchen space.

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Choosing the perfect kitchen countertop involves a thoughtful process that considers various aspects of your kitchen's style and functionality. By following these steps, you can confidently select a countertop that not only enhances your kitchen's aesthetics but also fulfills your practical needs. Whether you decide to embrace the countertop-as-backsplash trend or opt for a more traditional approach, your chosen countertop will undoubtedly become the centerpiece of your kitchen's design.

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Avoid indecisiveness and costly mistakes! For a basic kitchen update, make sure you hire a professional to help you pull it all together!

Contact me, today! I can help!