Choosing Quartz Countertops to Match Your Kitchen
Quartz countertops come in a wide range of colors and designs. So, it can be difficult to choose just one for your kitchen. Since the countertops typically serves as the inspiration for the color palette of the kitchen design during new construction or a major remodel, the decision is an important one from both a functional and esthetic perspective. It will determine not only the overall color scheme. But, the type and style of cabinets and floors you will choose.
Additionally, kitchen countertops represent a big part of your construction or remodeling budget, so making the wrong choice can have serious consequences. Quartz countertops are durable and will last for a long time, so you have to be happy with the one you choose. Here are some tips for choosing quartz countertops to match your kitchen.
Choose a color
You probably spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so you should decide on the colors you like before choosing your quartz countertops. You can check online for design inspirations in magazines and sites like Pinterest. Take note of the images with colors and color combinations that spark a positive response in you. Go back to them later once you think you have enough samples to help you choose primary and secondary colors for your kitchen. You can also use a color wheel to identify the colors that are likely to have a warm or cool effect on the room, as well as which ones are complementary.
Generally, you need two prominent colors and one accent color for your kitchen design. The two prominent colors should be complementary, so it doesn’t jar when you put them together. The accent color can be a transitional one for the two main colors, and might dictate the choice of wall paint, which you can easily replace later on.
If you are working with an existing color palette, however, you need a different strategy. You will have to choose quartz countertops that will complement or match the other elements in the kitchen, and this is where the color wheel can be very useful.
Take samples of the paint and photos of the room when choosing your quartz countertops to see if they might be a good match. A good thing about quartz stone is that it is consistent in color and design, so samples are representative of the whole slab.
Consider the light
A well-lit kitchen is a great kitchen. But, your choice of lighting can have a big impact on the overall ambiance. You cannot do anything about natural light, but you can mostly determine the artificial lights you bring into the kitchen. These come in several tones, dictating if it will be warm or cool, so you can adjust accordingly.
Natural light can make your quartz countertops look very different from under artificial lights. So, make sure you bring samples to check under both types of lighting before choosing one. This is especially important if you get lots of natural light.
The best way to do is to place the samples in the positions you intend to put them in. You can then see how the various lights hit them and how they affect the color. If you have existing countertops, cover them with a cloth similar to the samples you have to isolate the effect. Make the effort to do this test at various points of the day to see how they look under different light conditions.
You should also choose colors for quartz countertops that will create the visual space you need. Lighter colors tend to make rooms look larger, so this is a good choice if you have a small kitchen. They also make kitchens with little natural light less gloomy and closed in. On the other hand, white or light countertops can create glare in kitchens with lots of light. So, you might want to go for neutral or darker shades.
Create a wish list
Looking through online sites for kitchen design inspirations can help you while deciding on your color scheme. They are also useful when you are ready to make a decision in choosing quartz countertops. So, make sure you create and bring your wish list with you when you go to your countertop supplier. This can help them help you choose possible candidates for your kitchen design.
When you have managed to narrow it down to just three or four models, bring home some samples to see it “in the flesh,” so to speak, in your own kitchen. You can more easily see if it will work with your other elements in your design. And if it looks the way you want when in its new environment. This is especially important if your quartz stone has a complicated design. The veins, specks, or crystals might take on new life in your kitchen, or have a different look you might not like.
Pick out accessories
Once you choose the quartz countertops for your kitchen, you will be able to choose the accent color and the best accessories to bring out the best in the countertops as well as the rest of the room. The accent color might be in the form of decorative pieces such as metal finishes to your appliances, or it might be an accent wall. The accent color can subtly alter the overall ambiance of the kitchen. So, it is a good thing you can typically change accessories and accent pieces without doing anything major in the kitchen.
Choosing quartz countertops to match your kitchen is a good way to express your personality without making a big deal out of it. Colors can influence the design in significant ways, so make sure you choose ones that goes in the right direction.
If you need assistance with your quartz countertops, you can always consult with a reputable countertop supplier in your area. KNC Granite carries some of the top brands of engineered stone, including Cambria, Caesarstone, Silestone, and MSI, all of which come with manufacturer warranties. We service Washington DC, many areas in Maryland (Baltimore, Annapolis, Bethesda, Rockville) and Virginia (Alexandria, Arlington).
We also have a large array of granite and marble slabs from which to choose. You can check actual slabs at our showroom in Lanham, Maryland.
We do not only supply top-quality engineered and natural stones, however. We are experts at fabricating and installing kitchen counters or bathroom vanities. Also we specialize in kitchen remodeling and bathroom upgrade projects, delivering on time and on budget.
Give us a call or email us for your free in-home consultation and quote for your quartz countertops.