Any article about Quartz worktops merits a few words of introduction. Quartz worktops by major, high quality suppliers such as Silestone and Caesarstone have taken the kitchen design sector by storm in the last 5 years. These worktops are made from around 90% Quartz, a highly durable material which is also highly resistant to staining. Quartz powder is combined with a binding agent, and coloured as required to produce a range of plain or patterned finishes that rival granite for durability and perform slightly better than granite on stain tests.
When we were first introduced to Quartz stone worktops we carried out a number of stain tests on samples in our showroom, applying olive oil, red wine and turmeric to the surfaces and leaving them overnight to do their worst. After initial wiping, only the turmeric colour resisted, and a quick wipe with a cream cleaner removed even that. We still recommend in our care notes that clients use trivets for hot items, do not cut directly on the Quartz worksurface, and do not leave highly coloured or acidic products standing on the worktop. These are common-sense measures that will extend the life of any kitchen and ensure it lasts for many years to some.
Of course, granite is still the traditional go-to quality worktop for many high-end project and, when properly sealed at manufacture, it performs very well for decades. An exceptional and rare granite is still a source of great delight for many customers, who enjoy visiting the granite yard to select the actual slabs of their choice. Quartz, however, comes in an incredible range of finishes which are reliably consistent in colour and pattern, and this gives our designers added choice when producing beautiful kitchen designs. Increasingly popular, Quartz now accounts for around 75% of our kitchen projects.
So, to the new designs. Caesarstone UK have launched a beautiful palette of new designs for 2017, classic and desirable, we think these are some of the most exciting quartz finishes that we have seen in a while.
It’s easy for designers and buyers to opt for a ‘safe’ neutral plain worktop, however the Turbine Grey finish above evokes fossilized stone and is on trend for the warm grey/brown trend we are seeing for interiors. Easy to live with, and very beautiful to caress and touch, we believe this is a key material for 2017/18.
Moorland Fog by Caesarstone (above) hints at classic marble, but warms up the tone, and will never feel chilly. Beautiful in large expanses, as seen here on an island, this worktop will not date, and the pattern will make it a little more forgiving in terms of cleaning than a high gloss plain version in a lighter colour. For a whiter version of this worktop, White Attica is closer to white marble, with a crisp background and grey veining.
In keeping with a underlying interest in industrial elements, Caesarstone’s Rugged Concrete quartz worktop (above) is a crisp and clean contemporary worktop, and yet still on the brown side of grey, and therefore not too clinical. Perfect paired with stainless steel and black glass elements for added drama.
Finally, meet Montblanc, a soft warm, toned marble effect, with just enough pattern to provide warmth and character, but not so much that it becomes the focus of attention.
For more details of the new Caesarstone finishes, click on one of the images above, or contact Design Matters to arrange to view samples.
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