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On Trend: Pairing Natural Stone and Quartz

Planning for a New Kitchen or Major Remodel

When planning a new kitchen, or major kitchen remodel, pairing countertop and backsplash materials presents an age-old dilemma. Many designers swear by hard fast rules regarding how to make the perfect pairing, while others will say all the rules are meant to be broken!

It makes the most sense to start with your countertops. The countertop is the main hub of your kitchen and will most likely take up the bulk of your budget (other than cabinets!). Your desired style, budget and the way you plan to use it will go a long way in determining the best material for your countertop. Generally speaking, while there are a ton of color and texture options with countertops, backsplash options are virtually unlimited. Our suggestion is to nail your countertops down first, then you can decide if you want to get creative and make a statement with your backsplash or keep it classic to show off your new tops.

Countertop Options – Weighing Beauty & Durability

Many homeowners desire the look of a natural stone material like marble, but either don’t have the budget or are turned off by its high maintenance nature. This is one of the main reasons many opt for engineered quartz for their countertops. Quartz is a non-porous material which makes it virtually maintenance free. No worries about staining from spilled red wine or highly acidic liquids. Based on advancements in the engineering process, quartz closely mimics the beauty of natural stone and is available in a large variety of colors. It is also more consistent in pattern than natural stone, making it versatile for both traditional and modern styles. However, some people truly prefer the authenticity and one-of-a-kindness of stones like granite, marble, and quartzite.

The Best of Both Worlds – Quartz & Natural Stone

So who says you can’t have the beauty of natural stone and the ease of maintenance and versatility of quartz? You can, by pairing a natural stone backsplash with your quartz countertops! It’s all about combining different colors, textures, and patterns to project the style statement you desire. For instance, pair beautiful vein cut limestone tiles with a limited pattern quartz countertop. Or add more texture by going with a stacked stone accented backsplash with quartz. To help inspire you to create your own unique combinations, let’s take a look at some examples:

Black quartz countertops with white and gray marble chevron tiles for a stunning look; feasbyandbleeks.com

LG Viatera Snow Strom Quartz countertops paired with gray polished marble subway time for a timeless look; lgviaterausa.com

Vein cut limestone tile kitchen backsplash with quartz countertops; Designer, Carla Aston; Photographer, Tori Aston

A freckled charcoal gray quartz countertop paired with an opulent gray marble mosaic tile; MSI Stone

Start your Kitchen Countertop and Backsplash Project Today

If you’re ready to explore your countertop options, Precision Countertops is here to help. Schedule an in-home consultation with us, come visit one of our showrooms or give us a call at 1-800-548-4445. You can also check out some of our work by browsing our project gallery. We look forward to working with you!

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